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Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I have doubts about my relationship; hope you can help! I don’t know if I’m in love or in love with the idea of being in love?? How do you know if a relationship is right or wrong? How do you know whether to stay or move on to greener pastures? My boyfriend… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Alberta Attacking Students The Government of Alberta was pleased to announce (http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200305/14359.html) Bill 43, in support of a seamless post-secondary system. Unfortunately for Alberta and Athabasca University post-secondary students; apparently seamless means sealing themselves away from pesky student requests. One of the most interesting things about the Act is that the tuition cap, that small… Read more »

Flicks & Folios

Once in a while a pocketbook comes along that completely blows me away. The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot is one of those books! Published in 1992 by HarperPerrenial it is an amazing find! The cover quote is from Jean Houston, Ph.D. author of The Possible Human: “One of the most important books of the… Read more »

Flicks & Folios

The first time I saw this title mentioned on Shaw’s pay per view film list, the hubby and I had recently booked our cruise (see last week’s article). I was really interested in boning up on my Italian for the trip but I didn’t want to add any extra bills on to our already hefty… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Looking Back The Voice issue of spring 1994: The Alberta Government has announced it will eliminate 21 percent from Advanced Education Funding over three years. The then minister of Advanced Education and Career Development, Jack Ady, says that “I firmly believe, however, that efforts to control spending now will ensure that future generations of Albertans… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I just checked on the gradebook on-line and found out that I failed my final exam! What are my options now? How does a fail affect my degree? Thanks for the help. B. in Toronto Dear B. I can relate; I too have failed an exam. Nobody’s perfect and sometimes you can be… Read more »

Sounding Off

Last week Debbie Jabbour wrote about her experiences taking AU exams, and I asked students to send me their exam stories. I’m sure many of us have strange stories to tell about writing exams! I am currently working towards a Certificate in French language proficiency, so exams, especially in another language, can be unnerving. During… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Manitoba Students get Free Extension The Provincial Government of Manitoba has announced (http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/press/top/2003/04/2003-04-29-08.html) that it will be doubling the interest free period of student loans from six months to a full year. When combined with their recent budget that keeps tuition at 10% below 1999 levels, it seems like going to Manitoba to take your… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, As a new AU student my life has been pretty busy. I’m always studying and that means my wife has had to pick up a lot of the slack. She is an amazing woman, wife and mother and this year I would like to get her an amazing Mother’s Day present to say… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

When Even The Bank Tells You To Spend More The Toronto Dominion bank recently released a report (http://micro.newswire.ca/releases/April2003/22/c2879.html/62342-0) praising Alberta as being the only region in Canada that has U.S. levels of wealth while preserving the Canadian-style quality of life. The report is not all wine and roses however, and points out that in order… Read more »