Vol. 16 Iss. 20

Volume 16 Issue 20 - 05/16/2008

Editorial – The View From There

Getting the news from local, or even national, sources is a lot like looking in a mirror: we only ever see things from the front. Admittedly, the view of the world is pretty incredible from here. You might even be forgiven for thinking, as you turn the pages of your local paper, watch the evening… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Functional? Beautiful?

Have you caught the de-cluttering bug? The message of urging (and urgency) on television and in books and magazines is relentless. That message is at cross-purposes with the pressure to buy, buy, buy. we’re bombarded with the benefits of purging: breathing space; a calming, zen-like setting; simplicity. we’re shamed into it by the hectoring advice… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Shut Up and Sing

DVD: Shut Up and Sing Release date: 2007 Directed by Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck It’s a sad sad story when a mother will teach her Daughter that she ought to hate a perfect stranger. And how in the world can the words that I said Send somebody so over the edge That they’d write… Read more »

AU Profiles – Heather Atkinson

STUDENT: Heather Atkinson This week’s profile introduces Heather Atkinson, a new Athabasca University student who’s taking the courses she needs to follow her dream of becoming an English teacher. The stay-at-home mom, who lives about an hour from Edmonton, explains why distance education works so well in her situation. She also tells how she persuades… Read more »

Health Matters – Asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder that blocks air flow in and out of the lungs. In asthmatics, the airways may overreact and spasm when exposed to certain triggers. Triggers can include tobacco smoke, air pollution, dust mites, pet dander, exercise, cold air, and pollen. As well, airways may become irritated and fill up with… Read more »

Careers – Consider a Career as a Dentist

Consider a Career as a Dentist What is dentistry? Dentistry is the discipline concerned with oral health. Dentists are health care professionals involved in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders of the mouth and teeth. Education and training The practice of dentistry is a regulated health profession in Canada. A provincial or territorial regulatory… Read more »

Did You Know? – Program Plans

Are you getting close to completing your degree and want to make sure you’ve covered all the requirements? Thinking of switching majors but not sure which courses will carry over? Or a new AU student trying to decide which program to enrol in? You can check out the requirements for all AU programs with the… Read more »

Click On This – Wearables

Of course we all want to look good, but most of the time I don’t think we give a lot of thought to what we put on our bodies each day. Here are a few glimpses into the world of wearability. Costume Collection Going as far back as the 1700s, here’s a taste of the… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: What does global warming really mean for Canada? – In Foreign News: World food shortages hit India hard; children at risk of starvation

At Home: What does global warming really mean for Canada? CTV weather anchor Dory Rossiter said on Wednesday that ?mother nature is smiling on us.? Her comment was in response to Lethbridge’s weather prediction for May 17, a remarkable 11 degrees Celsius higher than average for that day. In light of global warming concerns, difficulties… Read more »