Vol. 14 Iss. 04

Volume 14 Issue 4 - 02/03/2006

Stephen Harper and the Dismantling of Canada, Bit-by-Bit

Well, it’s a week or so apres-election and the world hasn’t come to an end with the handing of the mandate to the Harper Conservatives. Most of the political commentary that I’ve heard, in fact, is painting the election outcome as amongst the best of all possible worlds. The Conservative minority is not too strong,… Read more »

Welcoming the Year of the Dog

Last Saturday night, a group of us got together to celebrate the arrival of the lunar new with a good old-fashioned Chinese banquet. We gathered at 5:30 p.m. at our favourite Chinese eatery, a spacious dining room with red and gold veined wallpaper, crisp white tablecloths, and voluminous paper lanterns hanging from the ceilings. From… Read more »

AUSU This Month

AUSU Election, Now Under Way The 2006 AUSU election is now open, and members can expect to see campaign materials from candidates on this website and in our forums. Below is the candidate sheet, as approved by our Cheif Returning Officer, Bevan Iwaskow. Candidates will be invited to create campaign posters for you to view,… Read more »

Dear Barb – Doing Your Own Taxes

Dear Barb: Another year has begun and I find myself at a loss for how to do my taxes. I am a single mother and do not have much money. I cannot afford to have someone else do my taxes for me. Do you have any tips? My taxes are very basic. I have student… Read more »

Lost & Found – How Shall We Judge

Pretend you are born in the dark of night in a cold room in the shadow of an overpass. Pretend there is a single naked light bulb hanging from the ceiling. Say your mother is always pulling the thin pink blanket over your shoulders with hands still shaking from delirium tremens. In the room next… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Random Acts of Kindness

Lost in the retail waves of red Valentine’s Day merchandise is the fact that Random Acts of Kindness Week will be soon upon us. I tried unsuccessfully to research this topic on the Internet. Like so many Internet searches for information, there were dead ends (“this page cannot be displayed” messages) and just downright misleading… Read more »

The Value of Discussion at Athabasca University

I take distance classes because they fit into my life, but I also take them because I’ve attended campus-based schools and found Athabasca University classes to be as challenging and as productive. I’ve had to apply myself, and work as hard as a student who attends classes. There are, of course, certain elements of campus-based… Read more »

Women You Should Know – January Women Of Note

You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now. — Joan Baez January 23, 1789, Frances Brooke, author, died in England. Frances wrote The History of Emily Montague. She is said to be the first novelist in North America and The History… Read more »

Words, Words, Words

I believe it was Bernard Shaw who said “As it is impossible to say exactly what one means, it follows that it is impossible to mean exactly what one says.” Aside from using this statement as a defense when someone misconstrues your declarations, it provides a good deal of insight into a question that I… Read more »

International News Desk – Rabenmutter or Hausmutterchen?

A recent poll has revealed that Germany is the world leader in childless women, a statistic the country is not proud of. 30% of German women have chosen to remain childless, a fact which has prompted some radical proposals for a population boost and exposed some underlying tension in women of child-bearing age. Emma Pearse… Read more »


AU launched the e-letters project on December 15 to enable undergrads to view registration, withdrawal, extension, exam and final grade letters online. The response to the program has been monitored by AU staff in these initial weeks. The response rate so far has been high. Business Analyst Patricia Soluk reports that so far 6120 students… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

TALK ABOUT CANADA SCHOLARSHIP QUIZ Value: $500 – $5,000 Number of Awards: 61 Application Deadline: February 20 Description: For Canadians or permanent residents. Must be eligible to attend a post-secondary institution by September 2006 and participate in the online Talk About Canada Scholarship Quiz from January 23 – February 20. Must achieve perfect score on… Read more »

Voice Events Listings

To list events in your area, e-mail voice@ausu.org with the word “events” in the subject line. LIFE & TIMES OF THE MOTORCYCLE Now until September 17, 2006 Wetaskiwin, AB – Reynolds-Alberta Museum 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Adults $9; Seniors $7; Child $5; Family $25 under 6 is free – 1-800-661-4726 – ram@gov.ab.ca http://www.reynoldsalbertamuseum.com Visit… Read more »

Conference Connections

GEOLOGY FOR NON-GEOLOGISTS – HOUSTON March 6, 2006 – March 9, 2006 Houston, Texas, USA http://www.peice.com/eventdetails.aspx?event=102400&ref=Allconferences&frfi=16734 This popular four-day course will provide non-geologists with a practical understanding of the principles used by petroleum geologists in the search for oil and gas. The session will include both the scientific background and the practical applications of geology…. Read more »

We Love To Hear From You

We love to hear from you! Send your questions and comments to voice@ausu.org, and please indicate if we may publish your letter. RE: The Value of Discussion, v14i4 I really enjoyed the recent article by Rebecca Brewer, “The Value of Discussion at Athabasca University.” She makes a valid point, one that I had not really… Read more »


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