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Ontario performance indicators ‘hogwash,’ critics charge –But community college group says KPI data beneficial

TORONTO (CUP) — The Ontario government’s latest batch of key performance indicator (KPI) rewards are being dismissed as “hogwash” by critics. In early March, the provincial Tories announced that an additional $16.4 million has been awarded to colleges who met or surpassed criteria set out by employers and students, as well as employment rates after… Read more »

The “War on Terror”: Sense and Nonsense

For a few months now, the media has been using the term “war on terror” as though it were a neutral description of U.S. military action in Afghanistan or of U.S. threats of future attacks elsewhere. On its face, the “war on terror” — or even “war on terrorism” — is at best a misnomer…. Read more »

From My Perspective – Remembering Teachers

Teachers have still not reached an agreement with the Government of Alberta, and are withdrawing many services to students as a result; for example: supervision of field trips, graduation events, concerts, etc. Regardless of how the situation is eventually resolved, it is certain that for many students the effects of this year will have a… Read more »

A Bug In Your Ear: A NOTE FROM THE CALGARY LEARNING CENTRE!

Feb. 1, 2002 AU Insider : http://www.athabascau.ca/insider/2002/Feb01-02.htm#clc Meanwhile, Karen Wong, Manager, CLC, sends on the following note: “Bushwoman Bonnie” shaves for kids! Bonnie Nahornick has a big heart, especially for kids. She also has a lot of hair which she has decided to shave and donate to Wigs for Kids, a division of the Canadian… Read more »

Education Revolutionary: Karl Marx meets Ivan Illich

The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honoured and looked up to with reverent awe. It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science, into its paid wage- labourers. Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, “Manifesto of the Communist Party” From the 19th century Educators and doctors… Read more »

From My Perspective – Pain

Physical pain is part of the human experience, yet it is a highly subjective one. Each person responds differently to a pain stimulus, and one cannot judge the degree of physical pain another is feeling – although it may appear obvious when another person is in pain, understanding the severity of such pain is subject… Read more »

Modern Goddess Worship: It’s Nothing to Fear

One of the most significant religious trends of the past century has been the return to Goddess based Earth-centred religions. Many are based on ancient European societies that we are only beginning to understand, while others draw from Native American and South American Indian shamanism. New initiates, however, often do not have indigenous American roots,… Read more »

Airline Marshals

West Jet Airlines officials are still unsure if the federal government will provide air marshals to police their flights, despite the fact that they have been informed of a travelers security surcharge of $12 that comes into effect April 1st. Transport Canada has already assigned air marshals to Air Canada flights while other airlines have… Read more »