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DEAR SANDRA: The Advice Column

Dear Sandra, I need your help with my academic situation. To put it bluntly, I’m not doing as well as I thought I would. I study regularly, I spend a lot of time on my assignments and I maintain contact with my tutors, yet I can never get a mark over 80%. I have never… Read more »

Canadian Fed Watch! News Across The Nation: Nova Scotia Conference on Adult Learning, Controlling Canadian Calls, National Summit on Innovation and Commercialisation?

Controlling Canadian Calls The Honourable Allan Rock, Minister of Industry, has announced a review toward changing the regulatory structure of telecommunication companies (see: http://www.ic.gc.ca/cmb/welcomeic.nsf/cdd9dc973c4bf6bc852564ca006418a0/85256a220056c2a485256c76004b4d93!OpenDocument). What this means in plain English is that he is looking at allowing foreign companies to acquire Canadian telephone companies. Doing this would mean that we would probably have to deal… Read more »

From My Perspective – The 2nd Annual Peer Support Conference, Part One

Last week I attended the 2nd Annual Peer Support Conference, hosted by the University of Alberta Students’ Union and the Grant McEwan Community College Students’ Union. Peer support groups from universities in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia were in attendance. These groups provide campus peer counselling on topics ranging from course & career counselling;… Read more »

DEAR SANDRA: The Advice Column

Hi Sandra. I am very excited for you to achieve your future goals. I have a question though…I am having some major relationship problems in the area of trust. My father cheated on my mother and I’ve been cheated on before. I am having trouble trusting my current boyfriend for that reason. As a result,… Read more »

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 »