Columns

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 »

DEAR SANDRA – The Advice Column

Dear Sandra, Help! I am so stressed out. My moods lately have been like time bombs, nobody knows how I will react to something, myself included. Reading my textbooks is next to impossible, I read a paragraph four or five times over until it finally sinks in. It’s like having my period every day of… Read more »

DEAR SANDRA – The Advice Column

Dear Sandra, I am in my second semester at AU and I love the courses and all my tutors. I decided to quit working full-time and devote myself entirely to school and this is where my problem comes in; I desperately miss having co-workers to interact with daily. Besides the minimal contact I have with… Read more »

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

On-campus students are always making public statements to protest rising tuition costs. In fact many people may even start to tune these protests out, since they seem to go hand in hand with attendance at a post secondary institution in an almost predictable pattern – the school year starts & students complain about tuition! As… Read more »

Canadian Fed Watch!

Money in the Trees The Minister of Natural Resources, Herb Dhaliwal, has announced $100,000 in scholarships, $5,000 each to 20 university students that are studying forestry (see: http://www.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca/media/newsreleases/2002/2002115_e.htm). Tied to these scholarships is the requirement to pursue at least part of their research in a laboratory of the Canadian Forestry Service. Unfortunately these scholarships, like… Read more »