Beyond the Headlines: Transgenus International

As you recall early this year we started a new monthly feature (Beyond the Headlines) that focuses on the good work of Alberta-based NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organizations) working on international development projects. We have featured thus far the courageous & inspirational engagement of groups such as HumanServe International, Change for Children, Cause Canada, Rainbow of Hope… Read more »


The Canadian Catholic Organization for DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE (CCODP) is urging the Canadian Government to continue resisting pressure from U.S. President George W. Bush to support a unilateral military attack on Iraq. In a letter sent to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien yesterday, (see: CCODP President Roger Dubois reiterated the longstanding DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE position… Read more »

A Bug In Your Ear: The Good Things

I recently had an opportunity to do a good thing and go out with my significant other and a large number of other well-meaning souls and pick potatoes for the Food Bank. I love the idea of doing good things, and I enjoy the warm fuzzy aftermath of having done a good thing. I enjoy… Read more »

Monarchy and Politics – Strange Bedfellows

This week Queen Elizabeth visits Canada and, as always, her arrival brings controversy. It is a controversy that will not go away. Every year more Canadians question if Canada still needs an official monarch, and royal visits will always bring this argument to the fore. It is a reasonable question. For decades, the official function… Read more »

Allergic to Colour: The North American Bias!

What colour are your home’s walls? White, by any chance? If they are, fear not, you’re not alone. When Larry and I got to the point where we could become homeowners I started watching the idiot box for decorating shows. First, they’re fun. Second, they have a bunch of neat ideas for free. Third, I… Read more »

Worth a Second Look – Food Safety Part III

I love to cook. But, there are occasions when my husband and I appreciate the chance to relax and enjoy a meal prepared by someone else, and spend a bit of time together. A recent meal out which left us with food poisoning, made me wonder what standards restaurant owners must follow to keep the… Read more »

Meditation for a Healthier Us

We have now discovered that not only do we all have the ability to meditate, but also, we have learned the basics of a meditative practice; however, the question of why we should meditate remains. The answer is that regular meditation has amazing effects on our stress levels, our health, our access to our intelligence,… Read more »

The Harried Student Reviews Calculus

Suicidal moths pinging against my window, I read. I read again. I write it down. I invert it. I write it down inverted. I break it into phrases. I look each word up. Each one. One at a time. Like the death bent moths, one by one by one by one: Then I realize it’s… Read more »

Throne Speech Gets Mixed Reviews

MONTREAL (CUP) — Prime Minister Jean Chretien made clear that he wants to leave a strong public education system as part of his legacy in the Speech From the Throne Monday, but commentators in the education community are divided as to whether his policies will deliver. “[The government] will continue to increase its funding to… Read more »

Tuition highest in 60 years

OTTAWA (CUP) — Even with inflation, tuition fees for Canadian students are at the highest level in 60 years, according to a new study released by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). Access Denied: the affordability of post-secondary education in Canada states that “when fees are adjusted for inflation, undergraduate university students today are… Read more »