Columns

From My Perspective – Too much time on my hands?

Last week’s article detailed several days of neighbourhood surveillance activities I engaged in. I received some interesting feedback, suggesting that perhaps I have too much time on my hands. I decided that this week I should explain how I spent the seven days subsequent to writing that article – just in case anyone decided that… Read more »

Canadian Fed Watch! News Across The Nation: Congrats to Martin Connors, Ernie Eves Educating Educators, and Everything Old is New Again

Congratulations to Martin Connors Professor Martin Connors of Athabasca University has received a Canadian Research Chair award in the amount of half a million dollars over five years. The award comes as part of a 130 million dollar investment announced by Minister of Industry Allan Rock and Gerry Byrne, Minister of State (see: http://www.chairs.gc.ca/english/Media/news/News2002/nov2002.html). Dr…. Read more »

Canadian Fed Watch! News Across The Nation: Manitoba Plans Ahead, University Pays Off, Kyoto Climate Change

Manitoba Plans Ahead The Provincial Government and the Council on Post-Secondary Education (COPSE) recently sponsored an accessibility forum on post-secondary education (see: http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/press/top/2002/11/2002-11-08-04.html). This forum’s purpose was to bring together educators, students, administrators, and other stakeholders to share ideas and discuss how post-secondary education could be made more accessible to all Manitobans. The provincial Advanced… Read more »

DEAR SANDRA: The Advice Column

Dear Sandra, I feel a little awkward writing to you, but I am hoping that you will be able to help with my problem. For the past few months I have noticed myself becoming more moody, tired, sad, and I have gained 15lbs. Is this my body’s way of saying it does not like the… Read more »

From My Perspective – Post-Secondary Tuition (Part Four)

This week I bring my discussion on post secondary education and tuition in Alberta to a conclusion. I hope that I’ve succeeded in raising some awareness about issues hindering accessibility to post secondary education. These issues and problems are complex and may not have an easy solution, but unless we are willing to speak up… Read more »

Canadian Fed Watch! News Across The Nation: Counting the Prison Vote, Changing the Way You Vote, and The Public Safety Act

Courting the Prison Vote The Supreme Court of Canada has abolished the law (see: http://www.gc.ca/wire/2002/11/011102_e.html) that prevented federal prisoners from voting in federal elections. The details at elections Canada show that this only affects those prisoners who are serving less than two years in a federal penitentiary (see: http://www.elections.ca/content.asp?section=gen&document=ec90545&dir=bkg&lang=e&textonly=false), but still this seems like a… Read more »

DEAR SANDRA: The Advice Column

Hello Sandra, This is not your usual letter, as I am not writing in for myself but rather about my husband, who is an AU student. He is a very busy man, with a career in the military and we have two small sons. He’s got tons of hobbies and friends and he both works… Read more »

From My Perspective – Post-Secondary Tuition (Part Three)

This is the third article in my series on post-secondary tuition. In previous articles I’ve discussed some of the issues faced by Alberta students and universities; including high tuition rates, student loan problems, and flawed government funding policies. These are issues that affect all of us, regardless of whether we live in Alberta or not…. Read more »

Canadian Fed Watch! News Across The Nation: US Difficulties with Canadian Grain, The Cost of Canadian Health Care, and Chronic Wasting Disease on The Move.

Against the Grain Our closest neighbour and supposedly best friend internationally is at it again. The United States’ department of Commerce is once again beginning investigation into Canada’s trade practices (see: http://webapps.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/minpub/Publication.asp?FileSpec=/Min_Pub_Docs/105580.htm&Language=E). This time it is with how we trade wheat from Canada into the U.S. Never mind that this will be the tenth such… Read more »