Posts By: Karl Low

Francesca Carone

Francesca Carone is a full-time mother and student. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, she moved to Nova Scotia for a more peaceful life. She is completing her BPA in Criminal Justice with plans to move on to a Masters in Counseling. Most of her free time is spent with her children and dog playing outside, sports, and gardening.

AU’S Response to the Pandemic

With states of emergency being called in Canada (a rare event) and abroad, schools being cancelled, and not really being able to leave the house, many people have gone into a panic around the world.  All schools in Canada are closed and there are a couple provinces such as Saskatchewan and Alberta where they haven’t… Read more »

Disabled Person or Person with a Disability?

“An estimated 3.8 million Canadian adults reported having some type of disability.  This represents 13.7% of the Canadian population” (CHRC,online).  A disability is a functional limitation or restriction that interferes with the ability to perform an activity.  Many disabled people face discrimination, ridicule, and disadvantages.  About 60% of claims made to the Human Rights Commission… Read more »

What’s the Point of Daylight Savings?

On Sunday, March 8, 2020, clocks were turned forward one hour.  Daylight saving time is the practice of moving clocks forward starting in spring so that daylight lasts longer into evening.  In the winter, however, it is changed back.  This further reduces the amount of daylight in the early morning from the already diminished amount… Read more »

Coronavirus—Should We Be Worried?

The outbreak of coronavirus, now officially known as COVID-19 reminds me of SARS, but it has been said this is 10 times worse than SARS ever was. At the time of writing, the official death toll was only about 3400, some say the true number, in China alone, may be over 50,000 according to a… Read more »

The Best University Degrees to Have

I have heard rumors and read some articles about how having a university degree these days does not guarantee reliable or high-paying employment.  Statistics show that, even though more Canadians are better-educated, there is lack of employment for people with degrees, “despite the evident successes in educating more Canadians, recent data indicates that increasingly worrisome… Read more »

Changes to your 2020 CRA Tax Returns

Tax season is coming up, not too soon but soon enough to start thinking about it.  We all should know that April 30 is the deadline to get your taxes in.  There are important changes to the CRA tax year, what you can claim, and eligibility.  Here is one important new update you should know,… Read more »

Law Enforcment—Has Corruption Gone Too Far?

News about another cop doing wrong seems to be a big focus in the media these days. Police now wear bodycams and are scrutinized and watched more closely than ever before, likely because people are sick of police corruption and officers going too far.  Law enforcement is supposed to be filled with some of the… Read more »

Athabasca University’s 50th Anniversary—Beyond 50

Athabasca University is celebrating their 50th anniversary.  On June 25, 1970, the Order in Council of the Government of Alberta had opened it as a campus-based institution.  Two years later, they decided to run a test pilot of an open, distance university.  The first course they offered was World Ecology in 1973 and, after that,… Read more »

Alberta’s Budget Cuts—Affecting So Many

In November, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees said the government plans to cut up to 5,900 jobs as part of its elaborate plan of balancing the budget before the 2022-23 fiscal year.  Most of these cuts will affect Alberta’s Health Services and government employees.  While their jobs will not be affected until March 30,… Read more »

Is Amazon Spying on You?

Amazon’s electronic device is known as Echo.  It is the conduit for their voice activated virtual assistant, Alexa, similar to Apple’s Homepod for Siri, and Google Home with the Google Assistant.  With this device a user can find answers to many questions as well as change your thermostat, stream music, and schedule appointments.  Alexa software… Read more »