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Free Health Benefits for Children in Low-income Families

The Alberta Child Health Benefit (ACHB) provides children in low-income families with free: · Dental care · Prescription drugs · Eyewear · Emergency ambulance services · Essential diabetic supplies More families are now eligible for coverage through the ACHB because of increased income eligibility levels, which took effect July 1, 2002. These income levels are… Read more »

McMaster University goes No Sweat

On July 31, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario unveiled its new No Sweat policy for apparel products and other products bearing the university’s name or logo. For the past two years, students, staff and faculty at McMaster have worked to develop a “Code of Labour Practices for University Suppliers and Licensees,” which was approved by… Read more »

A Bug In Your Ear

The last few months have been very busy for Council members. The new group of 9 councillors met for the first time on March 16, and a variety of projects have been ongoing since then. Some of the highlights of the last few months: · New Council spent two days attending a board development workshop… Read more »

A Bug In Your Ear

Athabasca University Students’ Union is in the process of establishing an AU Graduate Students’ Association. Here’s a sampling of benefits of belonging to a Graduate Students’ Association: · Graduate student representation on University Committees · University and government advocacy and lobbying · Affiliation with provincial and national graduate students’ organizations · Assistance with university/student dispute… Read more »

Major in the Liberal Arts and You May Be Penalized

University students should focus on the quality of their education, rather than the marks they receive for individual assignments. Feedback from a teacher indicating that the student is doing well should be sufficient. Marks are only numbers, and cannot be properly evaluated unless they are compared to those of others students in the same class… Read more »

DEATH?

Years ago I wrote a poem about a heart-wrenching incident in Toronto. I was living in an illegal basement of a house; I often went to the backyard -an overgrown weeded area and worked on it. It gave me a little escape from a gloomy basement (how many of us like the idea of being… Read more »

It’s the End of the World as We Know It:

After a productive meeting with my colleagues on AUSU Council, I decided to peruse the news of the day offered by my ISP, SaskTel/Sympatico. Imagine my surprise when I read that Lance Bass of the “boy band” *N Sync will be flying as part of a Russian Space Agency mission to the International Space Station.(SEE:http://www.space.com/news/bass_update_020619.html)…. Read more »

Sharing the Memoirs of My Father’s Life

My father, Peter Kutsak, turned 83 last January. Eight years ago, he sat down in front of a computer for the very first time in his life and taught himself how to use Word Perfect. Over the next four years he typed up pages and pages of notes, written with his age-wobbly hand, of his… Read more »

Disordered Perceptions

(photo credit: CUP photo) (CUP) Olivia remembers feeling fat by age eight or nine. It marked for her the beginning of a long battle with bulimia and anorexia”?a battle that the 23-year-old has only recently begun to recover from. Her story is a long one and as universities across Canada are discovering, is shared by… Read more »

Presto Chango: Nike not welcome in Toronto’s Kensington Market

Photo credit: Adbusters Spoof Ad Campaign http://www.adbusters.org/ When Nike moved into Toronto’s Kensington Market, a vibrant neighbourhood of alternative youth culture, they should have known they would have a fight on their hands. Shortly after the Nike “Presto showroom” opened, local graffiti artists let Nike know it wasn’t welcome by tagging buildings and mailboxes with… Read more »