Vol. 16 Iss. 02

Volume 16 Issue 2 - 01/11/2008

Editorial – Deal or No Deal

First, it became possible to sue manufacturers for not putting ridiculously explicit warnings on packages to cover every potential misuse by consumers. Now, it appears that people who buy illegal substances from other people (read ?dealers?) can sue them for damages caused by their products. And not only can they sue their drug dealers?they can… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – The J.D. Miner Interview, Part 1

J.D. Miner is a B.C.-based acoustic folk trio comprising singer-songwriters Darryl Klassen and Joel Klingler and bassist Joe Worst. Click here to read the Mindful Bard article on their CD, Ain’t No Ordinary Hillbilly. Describe the origin of the band. DARRYL KLASSEN: Joel and I crossed paths a few times starting maybe six years ago,… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Use it or Lose It

It’s been nearly a year since I wrote about Nintendo’s new software directed at helping us hang onto our mental faculties a little longer. At that time I suggested that if we lead sufficiently challenging lives, perhaps we don’t need external aids. Either way, we do need to keep those brain cells humming. After a… Read more »

The Learning Curve – Resolved

On Christmas Eve a box arrived for me from Athabasca University. It contained, as expected, the books and materials for the next two courses. The arrival of such boxes tends to evoke mixed emotions: joy that I’ve now got a whole new batch of English or French books to read, and anxiety that I have… Read more »

Health Matters – Ovarian Cancer

One in 70 women in Canada will develop ovarian cancer. Death from ovarian cancer exceeds all other gynecological cancers in Canada. However, when this cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is as high as 90 per cent. Unfortunately, 70 per cent of cases are not detected until the later stages, when the five-year… Read more »

Milk-Crate Bandit – Treasure Hunt

Any experienced bargain hunter knows there are vast treasures beyond their wildest dreams stashed away in every pile of useless junk. Music is kind of like that; a big garage sale where there are a million old bent lamps and stuffed parrots for every copy of They Live! or Jesus Christ Superstar. Well, now it’s… Read more »

Education News – National PSE strategy needed: report

TORONTO (CUP) — If Canada does not develop a national strategy for post-secondary education, we risk falling behind in the globalized knowledge economy. The Canadian Council on Learning 2007 report on strategies for success in post-secondary education encapsulated their entire report in that singular recommendation. ?There’s no question that not having a national strategy weakens… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Canada increases trade with China amidst criticism from human rights activists – In Foreign News: How they skip school in Mexico: industrial strength glue

At Home: Canada increases trade with China amidst criticism from human rights activists David Emerson, Canada’s International Trade Minister, has ended his two-day visit to China this week and feels that despite some mutual political unrest Canada stands to increase its trade with the Communist country. Many Canadians, as well as international citizens and governments,… Read more »

Around AU

Students in AU’s Centre for Science are sure to be ?bugged? by this news: biology professor Dr. Robert Holmberg retired at the end of December. Dr. Holmberg has been developing and teaching courses at AU since 1974, including BIOL 204: Principles of Biology I, BIOL 205: Principles of Biology II, and BIOL 345: Ecology. Along… Read more »

Click On This – Oddities

Just when you thought that perhaps you’d seen it all, someone comes along and proves you wrong. Devout Dolls don’t think devotional in the religious sense. These dolls offer something . . . else. Burton FBI Pocket Tool Not entirely unlike a Swiss Army knife without the knife format. Camouflage Toilet Paper I don’t even… Read more »