Posts By: Sandra Livingston

Sandra Livingston

Convocation 2009 – Graduate Interviews

This is the first 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 Barrie, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta. The… Read more »

On the Hill – Closing Doors and Minds

In the early hours of June 2, a resounding slam echoed from the Alberta legislature. It wasn’t the kind of thing likely to wake sleeping neighbours, but it should have: it was the sound of minds being firmly closed. Following a seven-hour debate, the legislature passed Bill 44. The bill is intended to enshrine gay… Read more »

On the Hill – Horse and Cart

Build it and they will come. That seems to be the premise Governor General MichaĆ«lle Jean is going on as she lobbies for a university to be built in Canada’s north. She delivered a sharp rebuke to Ottawa recently, saying that Canada lags some 40 years behind other nations who’ve brought higher learning to northern… Read more »

On the Hill – Move Over, Mr. Heep

?Oh, no! I’m a very ?umble person,? says Dickens’s Uriah Heep, that writhing, obsequious character in David Copperfield. And one might be forgiven, with all the wiggling and evading going on at the Oliphant inquiry these days, for thinking that Uriah Heep himself had taken the stand. But no. Instead of Uriah’s memorable brand of… Read more »

On the Hill – Protest This

When the protest by Tamil-Canadians swarmed onto Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway last week, the frustration of thousands of observers boiled over too. For the most part, the outrage was well-founded. Not only did the protesters use small children as barriers between themselves and riot police, they put thousands of other innocent lives at risk. It wouldn’t… Read more »

From the Gallery

There was plenty of activity in the reports section of council’s May 4 meeting, but first here’s an update on several action items that were approved. Motions were passed on amendments to two Council Governance policies: 2.01 – Conflict of Interest and Bias and 2.02 – Students Council Responsibilities. (If You’re interested in reading these… Read more »

On the Hill – Showing Some (Seal) Skin

Usually, the news that every MP in Ottawa has managed to agree on an issue would be cause for celebration. Common sense has prevailed, you’d be forgiven for thinking, and our well-paid public employees have stopped scrapping over the spotlight long enough to work together. Well, MPs from all parties did agree unanimously to a… Read more »

On the Hill – Generation Me

Generation Me. It’s one of the names being given to the current crop of young adults, those born in the ?70s to the ?90s. The reason? The sense of entitlement many of these young people display when they hit college or university. A couple of recent articles in The New York Times and The Manitoban… Read more »

On the Hill – Our Own Backyard

?Canada is a world leader in the promotion and protection of women’s rights and gender equality.? So claims the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website. It’s no surprise, then, that Canadian officials expressed outrage at the Afghan government’s recent erosion of women’s rights, with a new law ?that would make Afghan women financially and… Read more »

Health Matters – Brushing Up on Oral Health

They appear on the newsstands each year as surely as spring follows winter: magazines bursting with articles on how to get that vibrant, healthy look in time for the beach. Healthy recipes, fat-burning workouts, and skincare regimes abound, but the one subject you probably won’t see covered is one that can affect every other aspect… Read more »