Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I’m in a cooking rut. My family is sick and tired of Hamburger Helper and fish sticks, but I don’t have the time, money or the know how to do any better. Any suggestions? Hamburgered-Out in the USA Dear Hamburgered-Out, You don’t have to cook like Emeril and have Oprah’s bank account to… Read more »


For a long time, Distance Education [DE] was considered inferior to traditional learning. That stigma is slowly being eroded, and AU has played a large role in legitimizing DE. For the next Sounding Off, tell me about your experiences as an AU student. How do people react to when they hear that you are attending… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Education Week From April 27th to May 3rd, it’s Education Week ( in Alberta. In typical Alberta fashion, this means a concentration on the kindergarten to grade 12 school system through-out the province and a near neglect of post-secondary institutions. If you go to the link, you’ll see a number of events going on around… Read more »

Flicks & Folios

Most of the time I watch films that have able-bodied characters – don’t we all? But Door to Door is a whole different – and delightful – kettle of film. The star, William H. Macy, is the humble, cerebral palsy victim Bill Porter. His appearance won’t win him any Academy Awards but his acting did!… Read more »

From My Perspective

For the first two parts of Debbie’s story, see The Voice April 2nd [v11 i14] and April 16th [v11 i16] issues. Being laid off was a traumatic experience, and I spent the first few days in shock. My immediate concern, of course, was how we would manage financially. But to my surprise…I was eligible for… Read more »


NEW PROGRAM HELPS POST-SECONDARY GRADS LAUNCH CAREERS University of Victoria News Release For many post-secondary graduates, making the transition from school to the workplace can be difficult. However, thanks to a $680,000 grant from The Counselling Foundation of Canada, UVic is offering a new career program that allows grads from UVic and other post-secondary institutions… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Harley Davidson and the Marlborough Man

“He ain’t no cowboy – more like a pretty boy”, the tough Native American in the bar cracks to “Marlboro Man.” So goes poor Don Johnson’s life”?resigned to have to club all the men in the face or put up with character descriptions that are anything but masculine. Don’s TV career was inevitably a success…. Read more »

From My Perspective – Single Parenting, My Story [Pt. 2]

My children were small, and for the most part I could immerse myself in their lives and remain satisfied. I wanted them to have the opportunity to develop their artistic talents, so I became very involved in their dance classes by playing piano for ballet, sewing costumes, coaching music – anything that would help pay… Read more »


COLLEGES CONTRIBUTE MILLIONS TO CAPITAL REGION ECONOMY NAIT News Release Edmonton, February 3, 2003 – Grant MacEwan College, NAIT and NorQuest contribute over $815 million annually to the Capital Region economy, according to a province-wide study released today. Over 27,500 jobs in the region are directly or indirectly dependent on the three institutes. : The… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Tough Times Coming for AU Students The Alberta Government released its latest budget documents this past week, and what they say may not prove to be the greatest news for Athabasca University. To begin with, let’s start with a look at the Education section (i) of the budget. In this section, they point out things… Read more »