Posts By: Sandra Livingston

Sandra Livingston

Editorial – Boys, Toys, and Cougars

When actress Courteney Cox signed on for the new show Cougar Town, she probably didn’t foresee that her latest career move would be part of an ongoing social debate. TV ratings aside, the argument over the word ?cougar? is heating up. On the one hand are those who use it to lay claim to the… Read more »

On the Hill – Lest We Forget

This item originally appeared March 27, 2009, in issue 1712. As the Globe and Mail pointed out this week, Canadian taxpayers ?shelled out nearly $270,000? last July for the change-of-command ceremony that bid farewell to General Rick Hillier, the country’s former chief of defence. Details of the expenses include $4,035 for a 21-gun salute, $23,101… Read more »

Courage Brothers’ Polar Bear Dip – Water for Water

Boating, fishing, and swimming are just a few of the ways people rely on Lake Ontario’s 1,640 cubic kilometres of fresh water. But the lake plays another role?one that could mean the difference between life and death in a country halfway around the world. It’s home to the Courage Brothers? Polar Bear Dip, an event… Read more »


AU students are no strangers to new technology. Whether they’re submitting assignments in Moodle, ordering library resources online, or getting together in the AUSU Discussion Forums, ?virtual? connections form a big part of their day. One AU student has taken that experience a step further: Fred St. Peter is part of the team behind the… Read more »

From the Gallery

The AUSU public council meeting on November 16 was a busy one, so grab your favourite mug and settle in because there are plenty of updates to share. To begin with, the vote ratifications contained standard items like the purchase of a new mail meter and a new position policy on copyright. But there was… Read more »

On the Hill – More Than One Way

?In Canada, men and women are equal under the law. Canada’s openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal abuse, ?honour killings,? female genital mutilation, or other gender-based violence.? So reads the new Citizenship and Immigration Canada study guide, Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship. Strong words that… Read more »

On the Hill – In Theory

The idea of a non-partisan civil service is sort of like watching a Little League game. In theory It’s about skills like fair play and teamwork, but what most people really want is for their team to win. And the chasm between theory and reality got a little wider this week with the announcement of… Read more »

Google Street View – Are You Ready for Your Close-Up?

New technology is a double-edged sword. It brings convenience, productivity, and sometimes just plain fun. With that come the inevitable trade-offs. We love our cars but the lack of exercise contributes to obesity. Phones are great yet we loathe telemarketers. Usually we’ve got a choice: embrace the new technology or toss it aside. An interesting… Read more »

On the Hill – Down on the Farm

There’s no question that our federal government is busy these days. In fact, it seems they’re so busy they haven’t heard all the noise being made about the increasing viability of the local-food movement. How else to explain the fact that the government is adamantly refusing to listen to logic and is determined to shut… Read more »