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.

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 »

Free Speech or Abusing a Position?

Being able to freely say whatever you want is a right that people in North America value a lot.  You can have any opinion or belief, no matter whom it goes against and it may offend others.  But it is our right to be allowed to say, or at least believe those things. Alberta university… Read more »

The Future of Technology

What will the future hold? No one is sure about anything, but I am pretty sure that, unless we get attacked with an EMP weapon, technology will play a very important role.  From online schooling and exams, to connecting with doctors and controlling your appliances, technology shapes our society. Currently, we’re using technology to do… Read more »

Is Sugar Really Bad For Us?

We all know that eating too much trans-fat or sugar is bad for our health, right? But why is that, and why do we keep eating it?  With school and other stress in our lives, is it possible to avoid it? Well, sugar is bad for us in several ways.  First, it overloads your liver… Read more »

Managing Stress

With school starting or new things in our lives popping up, it’s easy for us to get stressed out.  Yes, Stress is natural and can be beneficial at certain times—it can even help motivate people—but it can also be detrimental if left to become chronic.  Anxiety and stress can have a negative effect long-term on… Read more »

Buying Local or Buying a Scam?

Local food has been growing in popularity every year, and is being marketed to people as a local solution: saving the earth and eating fresh sort of ideology.  This idea is highlighted more and more at grocery stores and is also featured on restaurant menus.  This local food idea seems to have shifted from a… Read more »