Vol. 16 Iss. 49

Volume 16 Issue 49 - 12/19/2008

Winter Driving

Wintry weather brings a bounty of enjoyable things?fresh powder on ski hills, snuggling up with a warm drink?but it also brings black ice, whiteouts, and the one thing many commuters dread: winter driving. If you live in a snowy climate, you’ve likely seen it all; the fender benders, the spinouts, and the cars overturned in… Read more »

On the Hill – Making a List

Another year has come and gone and what a year It’s been?especially in the halls of Parliament, with Canadians being served an unappealing brew of partisanship, broken promises and an early election, all topped with a self-serving dollop of prorogation. When it comes to being rewarded for a job well done (in this case, putting… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – The Human Statues

CD: The Human Statues, The Human Statues Release date: 2008 Label: Independent The Manic-Depressive Fraternal Love-Twins of a Campfire Songster and a Motown Diva If you follow this column you’ll have noticed my weakness for any music that sounds anything like my parents? record collection from the late ?50s, early ?60s, a trove that included… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Merry, Merry Christmas

In less than 10 days many of us will gather in living rooms or basements all across the country to celebrate Christmas. The gathering may be Norman Rockwell-ian in its old-fashioned wholesome sensitivity. Or more likely it will be a collection of souls connected by DNA strands and years of shared (if sometimes disputed) memories…. Read more »

Music To Eat Lunch To – Mobile – Tales from the City

Release date: October 7, 2008 Label: Universal Music Group Canada Tracks: 10 Rating: 9 Tales from the City is a full-length album from Canadian group Mobile, a band that has put some stronger emotions into this record than their previous release. Having a family member deal with breast cancer brought out a few new musical… Read more »

Porkpie Hat – Icebound ? A Winter Tale

Because the couple had rented the house in mid-July, when the mosquitoes were clouding and clotting and droning like nature’s own hurdy-gurdy in the summer air, they never gave a passing thought to the ancient furnace sitting silent and still in the basement, or the single-paned windows throughout. By mid-December, the city was locked in… Read more »

The 2008 Voice 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 »

Slice of Life – Bookmarks: A Window on 2008

The holiday season brings out the nesting instinct in me. It’s not so much the Martha-Stewart-homemade-cocoa-and-handcrafted-decorations nesting instinct, but is more along the lines of ?Uh-oh, It’s almost 2009 and look what a hopeless mess everything is!? I look around at the boxes in the garage, the summer clothes still hanging in the closet and… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Francesco Casetti

Francesco Casetti is a renowned professor of cinematography and author of the recent Eye of the Century: Film, Experience, Modernity (see Voice review here). Mr. Casetti is chair of the Department of Media and Performing Arts at the Universit√† Cattolica in Milan and was recently a Visiting Professor at Yale University. Recently, Mr. Casetti spoke… Read more »

The Voice Holiday Schedule

The holiday season is fast approaching, and our last regular issue for 2008 will be on Friday, December 19 (we won’t publish December 26). we’ll be enjoying lots of eggnog and good cheer from December 22 through January 2, and will be back at work on January 5. On January 9, watch for our Best… Read more »

Did You Know? – PLAR Program Highlighted in New Book

AU’s Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process has been highlighted in a new book titled Prior Learning Portfolios: A Representative Collection, making AU the only Canadian institution to be included. The book, published by CAEL/Kendall Hunt Publishing, includes a CD-Rom with ?copies of relevant models, processes, templates, and samples from each contributing university as… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

This week, It’s all about the food. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Shabe Yalda, Saturnalia?no matter which occasion you celebrate, there’s nothing quite like special foods to add to the good cheer. You won’t find anything quirky here; just links to some old favourites?and maybe some new ones! Traditional Christmas Food If you’ve invited your friends (or… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Long-distance cards may ring up extra charges – In Foreign News: Australia replacing registered nurses to cut costs

At Home: Long-distance cards may ring up extra charges ?Tis the season to call friends and family who live far away, but Canada’s Competition Bureau is warning people to read the fine print on those long-distance calling cards. Many of them deliver what they promise?an inexpensive, convenient way to call long distance?but a CBC inquiry… Read more »

Letters to the Editor – 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: ?I’ve Got the Budget Blues? by Greg Ryan, v16 i48 (2008-12-12) When I read Greg Ryan’s article, he might as well have been speaking directly to me, and my friends. I just… Read more »