Hustle Culture—Maintaining Mental and Physical Health

As society attempts to navigate the uncertainty of current events, the economic sector continuously reminds us that, despite our fears, productivity is still important above all — with headlines proclaiming 9 Tips To Be Productive When Working At Home During COVID-19 and What You Need To Know About Holding Productive Virtual Meetings During COVID-19.  One… Read more »

The Need for Media Literacy

During tragedies, society often experiences a noticeable uptick in the number of conspiracy theorists as humanity struggles to make sense of our rapidly changing and often unexplainable world. When events are so beyond our comprehension and current reality, what might typically seem like an outlandish conspiracy theory may, in fact, bring comfort.  Surely, a sinister… Read more »

COVID-19 and the Seasonal Worker

While COVID-19 has the ability to take a toll on all members of society, various marginalized communities face disproportionately high risks.  Earlier last month, the Canadian government announced the closure of the Canadian border to anyone except Canadian citizens and permanent residents, leaving many individuals, including temporary foreign workers (TFW), unsure of their future.  However,… Read more »

Turning to Literature in Uncertain COVID-19 Times

Famed American author Toni Morrison once said, “Delving into literature is not escape, nor a sure-fire route to comfort.  It’s been a constant, sometimes even violent, but certainly always a provocative engagement with the contemporary, the modern world.  The issues of the society we live in.” In today’s unpredictable times, we may find ourselves turning… Read more »

Self-Care and the Health and Wellness Industry’s Answer to COVID-19

Despite its seemingly altruistic name, the health and wellness industry has been steadily profiting from COVID-19, unconcerned with medical professionals’ dire predictions of the pandemic’s ultimate human cost, as well as society’s current needs.  Although the industry’s exploitation of individuals’ insecurities is not a new phenomenon, during the current pandemic, it feels particularly unethical. In… Read more »

Nationwide Bill to Ban Conversion Therapy Introduced

On March 9, 2020, the Canadian government introduced Bill C-8 to ban conversion therapy, a discredited practice that attempts to change the sexual orientation and gender identity of the LGBTQ2 community through various means, including therapy and medication.  This bill is premised on the fact that conversion therapy undermines the dignity of the queer community… Read more »

The Future of Canadian Distance Education

Canada has experienced increased changes in its distance educational model amidst 2019’s significant upheavals and 2020’s COVID-19.  On June 17, 2019, the Canadian Virtual University-Université Virtuelle Canadienne (CVU-UVC) officially disbanded.  Originally created to highlight and promote online education across Canada, the consortium allowed universities to work together to allow easier transfer of credits across institutions. … Read more »

Alberta and Ontario Educational Cuts

In recent months, students and teacher associations have continued to decry provincial governmental policies by Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) under Jason Kenney and Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government under Doug Ford amidst cuts to education. Early this month, the Alberta provincial government announced its plans to not renew Alberta Distance Learning Centre’s (ADLC) service agreement… Read more »

Worldwide Alternative Education Options throughout History

For many students who do not fit the traditional educational mold, whether as a result of work commitments, family duties, or even identity, alternative schooling options offer a sense of hope.  Although uncommon, over the years, innovative schools with unique philosophies have quietly educated generations of graduates worldwide.  Notable examples include distance education options, such… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Kristen Charest

Kristen Charest is thirty-two years old working as an Educational Assistant.  Enrolled in the Bachelor of Professional Arts program at Athabasca University with a major in Human Services, she shared with The Voice Magazine her favorite course and her experience so far with online learning. Could you give us a little bit of background information… Read more »