Posts By: Karl Low

Karl Low

Born and (mostly) raised in Calgary, Karl has been taking courses on and off at AU since 1999. At one point, he changed his major from Computing Science to Computing Science because the new program requirements fit what he’d already taken better. Since then, he switched to English and graduated (w/Great Distinction he likes to add) proving along the way that it is entirely possible to complete an entire AU course within a three week period. If only he had done this at the beginning of the course instead of in the last extension.

This is not something he advises unless you are desperate, masochistic, or, ideally, both.

He is currently the managing editor of The Voice Magazine, where he tries to put his education to use helping other students as they provide content for The Voice

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Costs of Kyoto The Alberta Government has released a study (http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200202/11952.html) showing that the cost of Kyoto could be as high as $40 billion dollars, with the Alberta economy suffering as much as 5.5 billion dollars per year. Reading through the press release though, it quickly becomes apparent that this damage also includes estimates of… Read more »

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BC’s Hike Beats Alberta’s Another province is starting to address the supply side of the health-care difficulties that Canada is going through. British Columbia has announced (http://os8150.pb.gov.bc.ca/4dcgi/nritem?5027) a program which will almost double the number of doctors that they graduate each year. The government is chipping in the $134 million that it will cost to… Read more »

In response to Kathy Wiens

LETTER FROM THE COLUMNIST Regarding last week’s LETTER TO THE EDITOR In response to Kathy Wiens; Unfortunately what you are suggesting is gender consistency, an admirable first step, but something different from gender equality. I suggest that the paucity of women in government is even more reason to ensure that what women there are receive… Read more »

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Canada Taking Steps against Third World Debt The Honourable Minister of Finance, Paul Martin, has announced that Canada is cancelling the debt owed to it by Tanzania. One of the poorest countries in the world, Tanzania owed Canada approximately 83 million dollars. This debt cancellation means that Tanzania can now use the interest that would… Read more »

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Dumbing Down in Ontario Over twenty-three million dollars was given to Ontario Universities this year based on their performance as judged by the Ontario Government. The performance of the Universities was measured on three key indicators: the graduation rate of students the six month employment rate of graduates from undergraduate programs the two year employment… Read more »

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Practice what you Preach The Canadian International Development Agency (or CIDA) has just released (http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/cida_ind.nsf/852562900065549a85256250006cbb1a/6568a53e432d532485256a8e006133dd?OpenDocument)an Online Learning Course about Gender Equality. Now what we need to do is get Prime Minister Jean Chretien to sit down and take it. After his last cabinet shuffle, some Liberal members have taken the Prime Minister to task for… Read more »

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Saskatchewan Taking Action Like most provinces, Saskatchewan is dealing with its own problems in the medical department. One of the major problems is staffing. Alberta’s answer is to concentrate on offering better and better incentive plans – in effect, competing harder for the scarce resources. Saskatchewan is taking a different approach, though. Rather than simply… Read more »

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Another Way to Sustainable Health New Brunswick has just announced (http://www.gov.nb.ca/cnb/news/fcs/2002e0037fc.htm) a 1.8 million dollar prenatal benefit program. Tied to this program are sessions for the expectant mothers in healthy lifestyle and eating habits to help make sure that the baby is born healthy. It is hoped that by concentrating on the prevention of sick… Read more »

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Manitoba Universities Save on Taxes The Manitoba Government has announced (http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/press/top/2002/01/2002-01-11-04.html) a five year plan to phase out property tax being paid by Universities. This means there are only three provinces that still require Universities to pay property tax (http://www.canoe.ca/NationalTicker/CANOE-wire.Mba-Tax-Breaks.html). Those three are Quebec, New Brunswick, and Ontario. Curiously, it is Ontario that has spent… Read more »

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Employment from Education? The Ontario Government has released (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/nr/02.01/nr0104.html) an announcement declaring that colleges are doing a good job getting people ready for the workplace, and helping them to find a good career. In support of this, they give a number of statistics that show that about 91% of students who graduated and were looking… Read more »