Vol. 11 Iss. 08

Volume 11 Issue 8 - 02/19/2003

Canadian Fed Watch! News Across The Nation:

They Can’t Get Your Money Fast Enough It used to be that they waited until winter was nearly over before you started hearing about it. These days, it seems that Valentines Day is the opening day of the season. What season is that? Why the one that all governments love: tax season! Already the advertisements… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, My first AU exam is coming up at the end of this month and I am petrified!!! This is the first exam I have written in 17 years. I am doing well on the course, but I am so afraid of writing the exam. I am studying 5-6 hours a day, yet when… Read more »


CUTTING-EDGE UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK DEGREE FEATURES CONSTANTLY CHANGING CURRICULUM UNB Press Release Students with an interest in multimedia may be excited to learn that the faculty of arts at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton has a program in Multimedia Studies. Designed to prepare students to work and live in a world of… Read more »

This Week, A Letter FROM The Editor

Sadly, we have no letters to the editor this week. I’ve been concerned about this – and the general lack of reader response lately – but I have decided that this as a challenge! As your new editor, the challenge is mine to meet. The notice from AUSU last week told you all a little… Read more »

A VOICE EXCLUSIVE SERIES – The Popstar Experience, Part four

Part 4 in a continuing series about the Canadian Television talent competition, Popstars: The One. For part one of this series, see:http://www.ausu.org/voice/articles/articledisplay.php?ART=382 True to her word, Amaya called each evening after bootcamp to give us a synopsis of the day’s activities, and to let us know how she was feeling about everything. We eagerly awaited… Read more »


They hesitate, and they regret, and sometimes they petition; but they do nothing in earnest and with effect. They will wait, well disposed, of others to remedy the evil, that they may no longer have it to regret. Resistance to Civil Government -Henry David Thoreau I have recently heard a lot of complaints from my… Read more »


First of all thanks for agreeing to be interviewed Mel. This is a real treat for me seeing as you’re my favourite author. Q. Sorry. I have to ask:I’m sure we’re all curious what your first initial stands for. Is it a secret? A. My given name is Helena – a name that was chronically… Read more »


My new editor asked me a question. She asked: Did you have a major system shock coping with the climate change from England? A fair question. But it can only be understood if you know my situation. I’m a Canadian, an Albertan, to be specific. I’ve been doing distance ed since before the hoodoos were… Read more »

AU Profiles – Student: Angela Fergus

STUDENT: Angela Fergus What province and city/town do you live in? Just outside Saint John, New Brunswick (Nerepis). Do you have a family/ kids/ pets ? I have a wonderful husband, 2 children (a son aged 13 and a daughter aged 11), three cats, a hamster and lots of fish. What are your hobbies /… Read more »

2003 Bryon Paege Memorial Award – Call For Nominations

CUPE Local 3911 is currently accepting nominations for the 2002 Bryon Paege Memorial Award. This annual $450 award, sponsored by CUPE Local 3911, is presented at the end of June in each year to a recipient selected by the Bryon Paege Memorial Award Selection Committee from among those nominated. The election committee is composed of… Read more »

ATTENTION: Psychology Students

Every Monday from 9:30 – 10:30 AM MST and Wednesday from 7-8 PM MST the Athabasca University Psychology Students’ Society gets together to chat about issues pertaining to the world of psychology at AU. Go to http://www.ausu.org/psychology/ and log on the discussion forum link, from there click on Psychology at the top written in blue… Read more »

Scholarship News

GO CANADA! NATIONAL ESSAY COMPETITION Value: $5000 APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 14, 2003 Administrator: University of Toronto JD/MBA Students’ Association Notes: Open to full time undergraduate students enrolled in a non-professional faculty of a Canadian university or cégep in the 2002/2003 school year. Must write an essay: “What steps should Canada take to improve its competitiveness… Read more »


CLASSIFIED SPACE: Students of AU may print classifieds in The Voice free of charge (maximum three per issue) as long as they are not representing a company or product. Classified ads should be submitted to the editor at voice@ausu.org with “?CLASSIFIED AD’ listed in the subject title. The Editor reserves the right to refuse any… Read more »

AUSU SPEAKS: January 19th Session – Provided By AUSU

News from the January 19, 2003 council meeting AUSU Council met on the evening of January 19th for a regularly scheduled council meeting. The main item of business for the evening was AUSU finance, and the annual audit for the 2002 financial year was reviewed and discussed. Following this, tentative plans were set for the… Read more »

AU NEWS: UARCTIC GOES ONLINE – Contributed by The Insider

Building upon the success of last year’s pilot of the introductory course of the Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies program, the University of the Arctic (UArctic) has begun both web-based and classroom delivery of Contemporary Issues in the Circumpolar World. A recap from the UArctic news release provides details: Twenty-five students at eight sites around the… Read more »

News From AU – Conference Connections

CONTRIBUTED BY AU’S THE INSIDER · CASE District VIII – March 8-11, 2003 – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – “Connect in Coeur d’Alene.” Details: http://www.connectincda.com · AMTEC (Association of Media & Technology in Education in Canada) -“E-convergence: Education, Media & Technology” – May 25-28, 2003, Montreal, Quebec. Call For Papers deadline is Dec. 15, 2002. Details:… Read more »


ABOUT THE PRIZE This Magazine’s Prize for Creative Non-Fiction honours the brightest new voices in Canadian letters. Send us your work, and join This Magazine’s long tradition of publishing outstanding literary and creative non-fiction. We’re looking for personal and journalistic pieces with a strong voice, attention to narrative, experimental styles and, of course, compelling subject… Read more »


Fireweed Institute Spring 2003 Workshops Information & Registration: 492-3116 / 492-7237 e-mail: info@fireweedinstitute.org www.fireweedinstitute.org 1. SPIRITUALITIES: RETRIEVING FRAGMENTS FOR LIVING This one-day workshop gives participants a brief history of key spiritual traditions – East and West, old and new. Often, there are fragments of wisdom from each of these traditions that speak to us. This… Read more »


Sadly, we have no letters to the editor this week. I’ve been concerned about this – and the general lack of reader response lately – but I have decided that this as a challenge! As your new editor, the challenge is mine to meet. The notice from AUSU last week told you all a little… Read more »