Dear Sandra, Four years ago my daughter’s father left us. She is now seven, and her dad is rarely in the picture. Once or twice every six months he may drop in and deliver a present, but he’s in and out of the door before she even has a chance to spend any time with… Read more »

Canadian Fed Watch News Across The Nation …

Costs of the Royal Treatment Manitoba has released (See: the preliminary estimates on how much it cost to host the Queen and Prince Phillip for an overnight stay. So far, the total has come to just over half a million dollars. So what does $505,000 purchase these days? Apparently it purchases staging, talent, and… Read more »

From My Perspective – Understanding Suicide, Part One

I would like to start the new year off by taking a serious look at a very serious and difficult subject – suicide. I recently attended a wonderful workshop on suicide intervention, one that made me realize how profound the problem is. At the same time, there is hope – through education and removal of… Read more »


Dear Sandra, I put on quite a bit of weight in the month of December and I really need to lose it, any suggestions? Chubby from Christmas Dear Chubby, Eat less, move more! It’s that simple. Everyone seems to expect some kind of miracle exercise or diet for weight loss, when really it all stems… Read more »

Canadian Fed Watch. News Across The Nation …

Civil Silliness: The Gun Thing As has been on the news in Alberta and various places, the federal government’s gun legislation went into full effect on New Year’s Day. This means that if you are caught with a fire-arm that you have not yet registered, you can be charged, have your gun taken away, and… Read more »

Dear Sandra FROM OCTOBER 23, 2002

Dear Sandra, I am in my second semester at AU and I love the courses and all my tutors. I decided to quit working full-time and devote myself entirely to school and this is where my problem comes in; I desperately miss having co-workers to interact with daily. Besides the minimal contact I have with… Read more »

Canadian Fed Watch! News Across The Nation:

Saskatchewan Strategy Paying Off The Provincial Government of Saskatchewan has begun to see results from its program of paying for health care students’ education on the condition that the students work within Saskatchewan once they’ve graduated. Over 250 students (SEE: received bursaries ranging from $2,500 to $25,000, which means over 250 people have committed… Read more »

From My Perspective – A new grading system

AU is going to a new Alpha/4.0 grading scale for undergraduate studies, effective January 1, 2003. This is an important change; part of a province-wide project that will see all four of our universities moving to a common scale. What does this mean for students? Currently AU students are marked on a percent grade scale… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, Last week my best friend’s father passed away after a brief fight with cancer. I want to be there for my friend in every way possible, but I don’t know how to deal with the delicate state she is in. She also has two children ages 5 and 7 whom I would like… Read more »