Articles

Fighting Dunning-Kruger

A friend’s marketing career hit a bump when he hired a graphic artist to create a three-dimensional model for an important project.  She claimed she could do it, and he believed her. Time dwindled away and she wasn’t getting it done.  She continued to insist she could do it, that she could do it exceptionally… Read more »

Reading Nutrition Labels 101

Regardless of whether one is on a diet, food labels are a necessity to being knowledgeable about our food choices.  For example, how do we discern between the value of two cans of soup when the serving sizes for each are so different? For busy AU students, deriving health value from nutrients can be a… Read more »

Editorial—An Issue with Articles

Let’s just start off with the good stuff.  Our feature article this week is an interview with AU’s newest writer-in-residence, Katherena Vermette.  Tania Parker talks to this Governor General award-winning writer about her routine and what she’s going to be doing while serving as AU’s writer-in-residence. The writer-in-residence program is one that, like the Write… Read more »

A Healthy Heart is a Happy Heart

Most According to the Canadian Provincial Health Services Authority, February is Heart Month, which makes sense since it contains Valentine’s Day on the 14th.  Maintaining a healthy heart, that amazing organ continuously beating in your chest from birth until death, generally unnoticed, is important to your present and future well being.  A strong ticker delivers… Read more »

Going Back for Dessert—Taking One more AU Course

Current AU students, entrenched in the seemingly endless struggle toward their degrees, may think I’m crazy.  But after finishing my degree at AU last year, I returned to take one more course. I’m not a sucker for punishment.  I’m not turning into a career student.  I just decided to take one course simply for the… Read more »

Trudeau’s New Changes to Election—Vote Fraud Fears

Prime Minister Trudeau’s government passed more than 200 changes in the way Canadian elections take place.  Some of the changes that Canadians should be aware of include limiting the length of federal election campaigns, allowing those outside the country for more than five years to vote, and new ways to punish “politically motivated groups such… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—The Only Truth is Music

“The only truth is music.” – Jack Kerouac It started on a Friday night, with horn and percussion instruments quite literally fashioned from ice.  There was an epic arctic chill that evening, and it felt only a little short of apocalyptic, with brilliant crystals dancing on the soundwaves, and temperatures flirting with minus-fifty celsius.  Despite… Read more »

A Measure of Success

I think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to succeed.  It can be blinding.  But what we consider success is an important question we need to ask, and answer, for ourselves. Often success is thought of as a salary, a title, how comfortably you live, or how well known you are.  Success is… Read more »

Where do you Find your Family?

Most of us winter-weary Canadians can agree on the value of having a holiday in February.  The Canadian statutory Family Day is celebrated in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and Ontario.  Meanwhile, the province of Manitoba celebrates Louis Riel Day, Prince Edward Island has Islander Day, Nova Scotia and the Yukon Territory have Heritage… Read more »