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Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

A Good Investment for Who? No doubt concerned by reports that most high-school students cite cost as the primary factor preventing them from attending post-secondary education, the Alberta Learning Minister, Dr. Lyle Oberg, has provided a press release (http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200309/15080.html) to tell us all how wonderful an investment a post-secondary education is. The information is presented… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, With West Nile prevalent in some areas of Canada right now, especially Alberta, I’m wondering why mosquitoes choose to bite some people and not others? Also, how do you know if you if you have the West Nile virus? Baffled in Brooks Dear Baffled, Mosquitoes are not choosy “biters,” they don’t really have… Read more »

AUSU This Month

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO STUDENTS: AUSU Council currently has three positions open, that we are seeking to fill for the final six months of the current term. In accordance with our bylaws and policies, Council can appoint students to fill these positions by a majority vote. Any interested student is invited to submit an application to… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: The Innocents

This incredible film is a remarkable version of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw. The 1961 production is in inky black and white and is still one of the most effective ghost stories ever filmed. I’d never seen the film but I’m wild about Pamela Franklin’s work so I poked my nose in for… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Canada Student Loans – A Fading Hope The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) the organization that supervises and regulates all the banks in Canada, has released a report [in PDF format (http://www.osfi-bsif.gc.ca/eng/office/actuarialreports/pdf/CSLP202_updated_exec_e.pdf) investigating the future of the Canada Student Loans Program. In short, as difficult as it is now, it looks as… Read more »

Dear Sandra – What is my AU degree worth?

Dear Sandra, One thing that I have always been conscious of was that my degree might not be on-par with other degrees that are taken at an actual campus. Sometimes I feel that an employer may see the correspondence degree as a less-than-par or a cereal -box degree and not give me the same chances…. Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, On the heels of the success of J.K. Rowling’s popular children’s book series “Harry Potter” I have become determined to write a children’s book. How do you get started in this field? P.M in Windsor, Ontario Dear P.M, First and foremost when it comes to writing children’s books you need a vivid imagination,… Read more »

Nature Notes – From the Backyard to the Biosphere. Ode to Wapato

Somehow, again, we’re heading towards the end of summer. The long, light-hearted days are already shortening and the lakes and ponds will soon begin to cool. We’re heading back into fall’s months of busyness when we just don’t have time for those hour-long swims, for noticing each quarter degree change in the water’s temperature. I… Read more »

AUSU This Month

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO STUDENTS: AUSU Council currently has three positions open, that we are seeking to fill for the final six months of the current term. In accordance with our bylaws and policies, Council can appoint students to fill these positions by a majority vote. Any interested student is invited to submit an application to… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Why Funding Is Important Sometimes in all the talk about provincial funding of post-secondary education, it becomes difficult to remember exactly why it is so important. Yes, we all know that the universities are having difficulties providing all the services they would like to, and sure we know that students have a hard time affording… Read more »