Editorial—July Ends and Odds

So Alberta’s big announcement is that if you’ve been diagnosed with COVID, you no longer have to quarantine or self-isolate.  Also, there will not be any testing for non-severe cases.  Protests are already underway against this action, with many doctors calling it reckless or irresponsible. Supporters suggest that even though we’re seeing a rise in… Read more »

The Problem with “High Functioning” Autism

I will preface this article by saying that my five-year-old son is autistic and non-verbal.  Prior to becoming his mother, I was extremely ignorant when it came to people with disabilities.  That is not to say I was ever impolite or purposefully discriminatory, but that I never gave the issue much thought.  I never considered… Read more »

Graduate Student Research Conference Abstract Submission Deadline Extended!

Call for abstracts extended until Aug.15, 2021 The abstract submission deadline for the 2021 Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC) has been extended until August 15, 2021, at 11:59 MT! The GSRC is a conference for all graduate and undergraduate learners to come together and showcase their research. Whether your research is completed or under way, anyone who is… Read more »

Calgary Stampede 2021 Experience

Last week I had the opportunity to attend Calgary Stampede, a summer festival that has been the heart and soul of Calgary, Alberta, for decades, with history that dates back to the 1920s.  While many summer festivals offer similar experiences with rides, games, and an assortment of fried and sweet goodies, the Calgary Stampede boasts… Read more »

Every Part of Your Life is a Treasure

If you were pushed, beaten, mutilated, tortured for years, and you survived, that part of your life is a treasure.  Every trauma we endure opens a window for us to grow stronger, not necessarily in fight, but in love. Even if you endure years of psychological torture, where every day is met with tears and… Read more »

Editorial—The Closing Ceremonies

The 2020 Olympics have finally started in Japan.  These Olympics enjoy widespread condemnation from the citizens of Japan, with some 83% not wanting them to be held, and 10,000 volunteers of the 80,000 total having quit before the games even started. Tokyo has declared that there will be no live audiences for the events as… Read more »

Digital Minimalism—The Choice to Step Back from Technology

We all know that technology is addicting and can wreak havoc on our mental health—which is why I try to practice digital minimalism.  Digital minimalism doesn’t mean going completely off the grid (something that seems impossible in today’s world—especially if you’re an AU student).  For me, digital minimalism meant taking a hard look at how… Read more »