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Canadian Fed Watch! News Across The Nation:

One Who Gets It.. Federal Finance Minister John Manley was recently at a public meeting seeking comments into the development of the new federal budget. While there he had some harsh words to say (SEE: http://www.canada.com/edmonton/story.asp?id={28031263-CB78-4FB1-BB18-560F6AA8D032})about provinces that are under-funding their universities. He looked at Ireland, which until recently had a very depressed economy. However,… Read more »

DEAR SANDRA

Dear Sandra, At the beginning of the year, I made a New Year’s Resolution list. I was horrified to come across it yesterday in one of my notebooks because I haven’t even started to work on any of my resolutions yet. How do I motivate myself to stick with these resolutions? Unmotivated in Sherwood Park,… Read more »

From My Perspective – Napping

This week I’d like to talk about something many of us probably do, but may not admit it – take an afternoon nap! The nap is highly under-rated and underestimated in its restorative effect, and for students, it can be a powerful tool for keeping us going:.and going:and going: If you are a parent, you… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I am truly Chicken Little; I always think the sky is falling. I really don’t want to be so pessimistic, but I am. It annoys my friends, family and co-workers to no end that I think everything is such a big crisis. What can I do? Chicken Little Dear Chicken Little, Living from… Read more »

Canadian Fed Watch! News Across The Nation:

Ontario Planning to be Unprepared The Ontario Government has recently announced (SEE: http://www.newswire.ca/government/ontario/english/releases/January2003/17/c0997.html)how they have prepared the Universities to handle the combined grade 13 and grade 12 classes that will both be graduating this year. The Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities, Dianne Cunningham says in this report “I am pleased to report that the… Read more »

From My Perspective – Understanding Suicide, Part Two

Last week I discussed some of the causal factors underlying suicidal behaviour. Suicide occurs when multiple stressors and loss deplete an individual’s internal resources. A person’s basic needs of safety, love and self-esteem are not being met. This leaves them in intolerable psychological pain; hopeless, helpless, and feeling completely alone. Suicide becomes the only solution… Read more »

DEAR SANDRA

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: http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/press/top/2003/01/2003-01-08-01.html) 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

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 »