Articles

Beats from the Basement—Natasha Bedingfield

Artist: Natasha Bedingfield Album: Pocketful of Sunshine With services like Spotify, and considering the current trends in music I think it’d be interesting to go back in time, even just a decade or so ago, to see what kind of music could make a comeback now; especially since we see current artists giving nods to… Read more »

Athabasca University’s 50th Anniversary—Beyond 50

Athabasca University is celebrating their 50th anniversary.  On June 25, 1970, the Order in Council of the Government of Alberta had opened it as a campus-based institution.  Two years later, they decided to run a test pilot of an open, distance university.  The first course they offered was World Ecology in 1973 and, after that,… Read more »

Freedom of Expression versus Inclusivity at the University of Regina

Contentious topics, such as freedom of expression versus truth and reconciliation, are once again at the forefront of Canadian news with recent events at the University of Regina. On January 23, George Elliot Clarke’s lecture at the University entitled “Truth and Reconciliation’ versus ‘the Murdered and Missing’: Examining Indigenous Experiences of (In)Justice in Four Saskatchewan… Read more »

Editorial—Red Tape Extravaganza!

Welcome to Red Tape Awareness Week.  This week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses hosted a week where it likes to put a spotlight on government regulations that hamper businesses.  You know, things like regulations that ensure that businesses that want to put out hot meals have the proper equipment to safely cook and process… Read more »

AU’s Writer-in-Residence Speaks

Young creatives should embrace obsession even though they may end up failing in the process, says Athabasca’s new writer-in-residence, because then they will be making something important. Canadian novelist and poet, Steven Heighton, delivered this advice to Athabasca Edmonton students at Peace Hills Trust Tower Friday (Jan.17), as part of a larger, livestreamed discussion on… Read more »

My Experience Living in a Japanese Capsule Hotel

Since researching for my trip to Japan, one of my bucket-list activities included living in a capsule hotel. The capsule hotel is exactly as it sounds – visitors sleep in a bed contained in a space capsule. Even before going, I’ve heard various mixed reviews about the living environment. While some visitors feel claustrophobic, others… Read more »

Distance Education—The New Norm for High School Students?

On March 15, 2019, the Ontario Ministry of Education released “Education that Works for You — Modernizing Classrooms,” which states that starting in 2020-2021, “the government will centralize the delivery of all e-learning courses to allow students greater access to programming and educational opportunities, no matter where they live in Ontario.”  Although few specific details… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Into the Woods

This world is a forest from a dark fairy tale, dreamed up by the fevered imagination of the Brothers Grimm. At the moment, it seems to be locked in eternal winter, but, far away, the sky is burning red, and I fear it’s not from the approaching dawn. The trees here are black and gnarled;… Read more »