Vol. 10 Iss. 08

Volume 10 Issue 8 - 02/20/2002

Fed Watch!

Canada Taking Steps against Third World Debt The Honourable Minister of Finance, Paul Martin, has announced that Canada is cancelling the debt owed to it by Tanzania. One of the poorest countries in the world, Tanzania owed Canada approximately 83 million dollars. This debt cancellation means that Tanzania can now use the interest that would… Read more »

A Bug In Your Ear

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT: Elections 2002 Due to changed personal circumstances, a candidate has withdrawn his name from the upcoming election. This means we now have only 9 candidates for the 9 positions, and all will be therefore elected by acclamation. The President will declare the slate of candidates elected on March 16, 2002. It… Read more »

Education Revolutionary: Karl Marx meets Ivan Illich

The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honoured and looked up to with reverent awe. It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, and the man of science, into its paid wage-labourers. Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, “Manifesto of the Communist Party” From the 19th century Educators and doctors… Read more »

From My Perspective – Strikes, wages and wage parity

Alberta is currently in the second week of a teacher’s strike, involving the majority of public school teachers from Edmonton, rural areas and Calgary (joining next week). The two sides are not budging, teachers want around 20% and government is offering approximately 6%. Bargaining is at an impasse, and the government may order teachers back… Read more »

Skating on Thin Ice: Figure Skating Must Shape Up or Ship out

Friday’s decision to award Jamie Sale and David Pelletier gold medals was nothing more than an attempt by the IOC to appease the public and deflect attention away from deeper problems that plague a number of judged sports. While there seems to be little question that Sale and Pelletier were marked unfairly, it is unclear… Read more »

Review: A History of Canadian Wealth by Author Gustavus Myers

A History of Canadian Wealth was first published in the United States in 1914 and was not published in Canada until 1972. This is not surprising considering the abundance of well-documented corruption and abuse of power by Canadian government officials that Myers exposes in this book. Gustavus Myers, an American, was born March 20, 1872… Read more »

Teacher Strike Right?

The teacher strike has been the subject of news for weeks, and it seems that there will be no compromise between the Alberta government and teachers. Alberta Learning Minister Lyle Oberg has said that he will legislate teachers back to work if the strike jeopardizes the learning of students. Who is right in this controversy?… Read more »

Bombs Away!

“I’ll drive to Nanton if you spring for Peter’s [Drive In] on the way out of town.” With those words, the trip had begun! Personally, I thought I got the better end of the deal. $15 for lunch, and my boyfriend Patrick did all the driving. Only 65km south of Calgary, Nanton is far enough… Read more »

Striking from another point of view

The issue of striking teachers is not one untouched upon. Listening to the radio this afternoon, many were made aware that human beings can be the most ignorant species on the planet. A girl in grade nine phoned in to make known a rally she’d be involved in to protest the striking teachers. Her argument… Read more »

B.C. opens door to fee hikes

VANCOUVER (CUP) — The B.C. government announced Monday it will no longer regulate college and university tuition fees, putting an end to a six-year legislated fee freeze and giving universities authority to increase fees to any level they wish. The province’s Advanced Education Minister Shirley Bond acknowledged that most students wanted the government to keep… Read more »

Labatt SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

BACKGROUNDER In its 25th year, Labatt and Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) have teamed up to sponsor the LPIA program which helps university/college students create their own summer jobs in their chosen field of study. As you know, it’s hard for most students to get “hands-on” work experience in their future career tracks. Each year… Read more »

ENLIGHTENING INFORMATION

WE NEED READER FEEDBACK! Any comments, suggestions, feedback, or submissions may be sent to Tammy Moore, Editor of The Voice at tmoore@ausu.org Many thanks for your writing contributions and support, and I look forward to hearing from you all! AUSU ACADEMIC COMMITTEE The AUSU Academic Committee is looking for new members interested in exploring new… Read more »

Quote of the Week

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Success is a journey, not a destination.” –Ben Sweetland

In response to Kathy Wiens

LETTER FROM THE COLUMNIST Regarding last week’s LETTER TO THE EDITOR In response to Kathy Wiens; Unfortunately what you are suggesting is gender consistency, an admirable first step, but something different from gender equality. I suggest that the paucity of women in government is even more reason to ensure that what women there are receive… Read more »