Vol. 16 Iss. 37

Volume 16 Issue 37 - 09/19/2008

On the Hill – Playing It Safe

With just three and a half weeks left until the Federal election, the pollsters are having a field day. One day, the Conservatives (or Liberals or NDP) are up; the next, they’re down. (You can also find those fluctuations on the same day, depending on which polls you consult.) But as fascinating as it may… Read more »

Porkpie Hat – How You Can (Accidentally) Become an Artist

One day You’re in the classroom, in the fifth grade maybe, and you spend too long staring out the window. You notice the flickering light of an approaching storm, the faces of angels or gargoyles rising and falling in a cauldron of clouds. You turn your attention back to the inside of the classroom (the… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Roddy Doyle, The Deportees

Book: Roddy Doyle, The Deportees Publication date: 2007 Publisher: Viking, New York A young Nigerian man is invited to dinner at the boisterous Dublin home of a female acquaintance. Her brother makes a snide comment about the dearth of culinary options in Nigeria and is immediately descended upon by the women of the house, mad… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid

On September 16, I became the 241st member of a very exclusive club with a membership of only 241 members (although by September 18 the number will likely be 242). There won’t be any regular monthly meetings or an annual meeting ever. There’ll be no minutes, no executive, no elections. There aren’t even any membership… Read more »

The 2008 Voice Magazine Writing Contest!

Write for The Voice and win money for your education! The Voice is launching its 2008 writing contest, with categories for both fiction and non-fiction. We’ve got over $1,000 in prizes to give away: one winner in each category will receive a scholarship of one Athabasca University undergraduate course. Please read the contest rules and… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Doctor Sparkles

Doctor Sparkles is a ukulele-strumming San Francisco singer-songwriter whose songs are written in swing, cabaret, blues, klezmer, and other noble musical traditions. His latest CD, Monkey Swing, Monkey Doo was self-produced (see Voice review here). He is now working on his next album, Scary Country. In his own words: The li?l fella that would become… Read more »

Health Matters – A Brief History of Medicare in Canada

Public health care, or Medicare, in Canada is a relatively new phenomenon. It was founded on the principles that a health care system should be publicly administered, comprehensive, universal, portable and accessible to all Canadians. This universal coverage is provided to all Canadians by their provincial health insurance plans. The costs are shared between the… Read more »

AU Computing Services – Notice to Students

System Upgrade Attention Students – From Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 3 p.m. until Monday, October 6, 2008 at 8 a.m., the AU Student Information Computer System will be shut down to implement a major upgrade. Access to online course materials may be limited throughout this period. The AU Student Information System administers the following… Read more »

Education News – Students make Atlantic campuses greener

ANTIGONISH (CUP) ? Student-led green initiatives are taking root on campuses across Atlantic Canada. A community farm and a sustainable residence are just some of the ways students are aiming to reduce their carbon footprints while raising awareness about environmentalism. Alex Redfield is one of the organizers of the Community Sustainable Farm project at Acadia… Read more »

Did You Know? – Convocation Photo Album Online!

If You’re in the mood for something bright and colourful before the leaves begin to turn, you don’t need to look any further than AU’s Convocation 2008 photo album. There are more than 70 photos of AU grads, along with their reflections of what made their education journeys special. You’ll also find photos of honorary… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Politics as Usual

It’s election time again, and as we watch candidates of all stripes engage each other, it might be wise to remember the words of the inimitable George Bernard Shaw: ?Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.? Campaign Toons As Canadians get ready to head to the polls… Read more »

2008/09 AU Calendar – New Academic Calendar Now Available

AU’s new 2008/09 academic calendar is now in effect, and It’s your official resource for all the latest info on courses, programs, fees, and more. The undergraduate calendar is available here, and you can link to the graduate studies calendar from the same page or click here. Course fees and regulations are effective September 1,… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Researchers find alarming levels of estrogen in St. Lawrence River – In Foreign News: UN-backed conference to tackle European racism

At Home: Researchers find alarming levels of estrogen in St. Lawrence River It’s been said that we’re one of the most highly medicated populations in history, and the results of that may be affecting more than our own bodies: researchers have found disturbingly high levels of estrogen in the waters of the St. Lawrence River…. Read more »