Call to a New Goodness

Years ago, I read an article on the history of adoption in Canada.  For decades, orphaned or abandoned children were informally “adopted” by farmers to be used as cheap labour (Anne of Green Gables was adopted by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert for just this reason and caused great disappointment for not arriving as a boy). … Read more »

The Best Gas Efficient Cars for Students

Having a car is great, but it can be very expensive because of things like insurance, maintenance, repairs, and, of course, gas.  As students, keeping expenses down is important.  We know the price of gas is high, so finding a car that is good on gas, is a must these days.  The Saudi Arabian Oil… Read more »

A Day To Remember

April 6 is my birthday, a day I usually look forward to celebrating and doing birthday things, but all that changed last year.  April 6, 2018 was the day of the Humboldt bus crash.  When sixteen people were killed and thirteen were injured.  The crash took place near the village of Armley in rural Saskatchewan. … Read more »

Editorial—I Haven’t Done Much

This week, we’re featuring our recent interview with AU student, Sarah McDougall.  I like this interview, even though Sarah herself says “I haven’t done much.”  In fact, that’s why I like it. It’s okay to have not done much, because I’d bet that’s where a lot of us are coming from as we go through… Read more »

The Down and Dirty of Home Gardening

Spring has finally sprung, or perhaps is in the process of springing, depending on what part of Canada you’re living.  Hence, the time has come to get your hands dirty and rejuvenate your spirit by planting and sowing a delicious home garden.  If this sounds a bit ridiculous since you can simply go to the… Read more »

Excerpts from The Expeditious Vindicator, 1901

While visiting my brother in Whitefield, New Hampshire in 2013 I took the opportunity to browse the attic of his 150-year-old home.  There I found a box filled with yellowed copies of a newspaper whose cover was boldly emblazoned: The Expeditious Vindicator: Lofty Thoughts And High Ideals For a Brighter Tomorrow In Coös County.  The… Read more »

The 2019 Federal Budget—Student Perspective

The federal government just released its new federal budget and some changes have been made that may affect students at Athabasca University receiving loans.  Some of these changes will be exciting for students For one thing, the budget proposes to lower the interest rates on student loans.  I think this would be a great thing… Read more »

What a Potential Employer is Seeking in an Employee

When we first start searching for a rewarding new job, we’re often preoccupied with the perks and other benefits on offer.  During the initial interview, we may inquire about vacation leave, pension plan, dental insurance, and so on.  Unfortunately, if we’re absorbed with what we’re going to get instead of considering what merits we’re bringing… Read more »