Posts By: Sandra Livingston

Sandra Livingston

On the Hill – In the Closets of the Nation

Is it possible to defend someone’s personal freedom by taking away their right to choose? That’s the decision Ottawa may soon face on the issue of banning the burka and the niqab. The Muslim Canadian Congress is asking the federal government to ban the two garments in public. As the Globe and Mail reports, the… Read more »

On the Hill – The More Things Change

On October 1, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff introduced a non-confidence motion in an effort to topple the Harper government. The motion was defeated, but it brings to mind that old saying about how the more things change the more they stay the same. That’s the situation Canadians face as the prospect of another federal election… Read more »

Editorial – On the Agenda

Last month, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia announced a major change to its editing policy. From now on, any revisions to the pages of living people must be approved by editors before the updates will be published. It’s a fundamental shift away from the wide-open, sometimes chaotic approach of allowing anyone to freely edit articles. And… Read more »

Editorial – Nothing Virtual About It

When L. Frank Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, It’s a safe bet he wasn’t thinking about the Internet. Today, though, Baum’s book is a good parallel for how most of us think of the Net: just like Dorothy opened the door and stepped into Oz, we tend to view what happens… Read more »

From the Field – AU Student Digs In to Anthropology Degree

Ask an AU student what the best thing about distance learning is, and one of the answers you’ll hear most often is ?flexibility,? especially the flexibility to create their own learning environment. That’s something that AU student Barb Rielly knows all about?She’s just spent six weeks learning Cultural Resource Management (CRM) at a field school,… Read more »

Convocation 2009 – Behind the Scenes

This is the third of a special three-part Voice report on Athabasca University’s 2009 Convocation, which took place June 11, 12, and 13. The Voice offers its warmest congratulations to all this year’s graduates! For most people, the experience of AU’s convocation ceremony is seen from one of two perspectives: either from the stage, waiting… Read more »

Convocation 2009 – Graduate Interviews

This is the third of a three-part Voice series featuring interviews with some of AU’s 2009 graduates. For many graduates, convocation weekend was the first time they had seen the beautiful grounds and buildings of the AU campus, and they attended the ceremonies from places near and far, including Peace River, Alberta, and Toronto, Ontario…. Read more »

Convocation 2009 – Graduate Interviews

This is the second of a three-part Voice series featuring interviews with some of AU’s 2009 graduates. For many graduates, convocation weekend was the first time they had seen the beautiful grounds and buildings of the AU campus, and they attended the ceremonies from places near and far, including Mission, BC, and Missoula, Montana. The… Read more »

Convocation 2009 – Part II

This is the second of a special three-part Voice report on Athabasca University’s 2009 Convocation, which took place June 11, 12, and 13. The Voice offers its warmest congratulations to all this year’s graduates! Accompanied by bright blue skies and balmy temperatures, graduands and guests filled the halls of the Athabasca Regional Multiplex once more… Read more »

Convocation 2009 – Part I

This is the first of a special three-part Voice report on Athabasca University’s 2009 Convocation, which took place June 11, 12, and 13. The Voice offers its warmest congratulations to all this year’s graduates! If there’s one word that represents Convocation 2009, It’s ?change.? One of the most visible changes this year was the absence… Read more »