Flicks & Folios – Film Review: The Innocents

This incredible film is a remarkable version of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw. The 1961 production is in inky black and white and is still one of the most effective ghost stories ever filmed. I’d never seen the film but I’m wild about Pamela Franklin’s work so I poked my nose in for… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Canada Student Loans – A Fading Hope The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) the organization that supervises and regulates all the banks in Canada, has released a report [in PDF format ( investigating the future of the Canada Student Loans Program. In short, as difficult as it is now, it looks as… Read more »

Dear Sandra – What is my AU degree worth?

Dear Sandra, One thing that I have always been conscious of was that my degree might not be on-par with other degrees that are taken at an actual campus. Sometimes I feel that an employer may see the correspondence degree as a less-than-par or a cereal -box degree and not give me the same chances…. Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, On the heels of the success of J.K. Rowling’s popular children’s book series “Harry Potter” I have become determined to write a children’s book. How do you get started in this field? P.M in Windsor, Ontario Dear P.M, First and foremost when it comes to writing children’s books you need a vivid imagination,… Read more »

Nature Notes – From the Backyard to the Biosphere. Ode to Wapato

Somehow, again, we’re heading towards the end of summer. The long, light-hearted days are already shortening and the lakes and ponds will soon begin to cool. We’re heading back into fall’s months of busyness when we just don’t have time for those hour-long swims, for noticing each quarter degree change in the water’s temperature. I… Read more »

AUSU This Month

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO STUDENTS: AUSU Council currently has three positions open, that we are seeking to fill for the final six months of the current term. In accordance with our bylaws and policies, Council can appoint students to fill these positions by a majority vote. Any interested student is invited to submit an application to… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Why Funding Is Important Sometimes in all the talk about provincial funding of post-secondary education, it becomes difficult to remember exactly why it is so important. Yes, we all know that the universities are having difficulties providing all the services they would like to, and sure we know that students have a hard time affording… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I’ve been job hunting for a part-time job to pay for my courses and I wonder if you could tell me what companies are looking for when they say they require “basic” computer skills? I can type and surf the net, is that what they mean? Perplexed in Calgary Dear Perplexed, I think… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Cosmos: War of the planets

Oh dear what did I stumble onto? In case you are wondering this isn’t the film with sex kitten Mamie Van Doren”?that film came out in 1980. This is a dreadful 1978 film made by Italian film director Alfonso Brescia (aka Al Bradly). It stars a lot of people you’ve never heard of and don’t… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Tuition Troubles Statistics Canada released its annual study ( on tuition fees earlier this month, and the results will come as no surprise to most post-secondary students. The study determined that the average student will be paying 7.4% more in tuition this year than last, the largest increase over the past four years. A good… Read more »