Vol. 17 Iss. 13

Volume 17 Issue 13 - 04/03/2009

Fiction – Meghann and Fiona

?There’s culture on the streets too,? Fiona said defensively. ?You don’t need to be in f-ing Carnegie Hall to hear Ginsberg echo off the walls. He was ours long before he was yours.? She stood tall, erect, and full of mock grandeur. ?I have seen the best minds of my generation?that was us, not you.?… Read more »

Editorial – Attention Deficit

As economies wobble and layoffs pile up, adults are heading back to school in droves. ?Retraining!? is the cry of the hour, meaning everything from upgrading current skills to shifting careers entirely. Engineers are becoming teachers and assembly line workers are training as dental assistants, while governments are ploughing money into programs to ease the… Read more »

Porkpie Hat – The Value of X

Health Ms. Allen shows us a video of what it looks like when bad cells divide. There are posters of smokers? lungs and classroom rules. We make collages of cancer symptoms. Math Outside the window thin, dark branches of unidentifiable autumn trees are being whipped around by a wicked north wind. A car is reversing… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Baby News

On Christmas Eve we found out that our daughter-in-law is pregnant. To say we were cautiously thrilled is an understatement. Greg and Carrie have been married since 2002 and now the time is right for them. We all took a vow of secrecy promising not to say anything until she was safely past the risky… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Jonathan Byrd

Jonathan Byrd is known for writing songs that carry on the venerable rural North American tradition of old-time music. His music once brought a personal commendation from Tom Paxton, who wrote: ?What a treat to hear someone so deeply rooted in tradition, yet growing in his own beautiful way.? Byrd collaborated with Canadians Corin Raymond… Read more »

Did You Know? – AU Library 2.0

If you still think libraries are dusty places with stern librarians, you might be surprised when you check out AU’s Library 2.0 Along with all the regular features of the library, they’ve added some great new tools to help you find exactly what You’re looking for. One popular feature is the LibX Toolbar?just follow the… Read more »

Education News – New website helps students cram

University Junction aims to link students from 56 campuses MONTREAL (CUP) ? A new note-sharing website is hoping to create an online academic community that will provide students with accurate information on courses, exam notes, and tutoring services. UniversityJunction.com is a free site created by a group of recent McGill University graduates who were frustrated… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Wild Life

With over half the world’s population now living in urban jungles, we don’t give much thought to daily life in the other kind of jungle: the wild kind. Here’s a look at the rich (and sometimes surprising) world outside the city limits. Monkeyshines These intoxicated gorillas may look like they’d be right at home on… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Sloppy storage of guns, drugs widespread at border service – In Foreign News: War in Gaza brings rise in domestic abuse

At Home: Sloppy storage of guns, drugs widespread at border service The Canada Border Services Agency may be good at seizing contraband, but ?sloppy? practices at most of their storage facilities continue to be a problem. The latest report into the Canada Border Services Agency found issues with access to contraband such as weapons and… Read more »