Vol. 17 Iss. 21

Volume 17 Issue 21 - 05/29/2009

Rite of Way

?I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.? Albert Einstein Rituals. We all have them. There are physical rituals (your partner brushes his teeth using a weirdly rigorous technique). There are emotional rituals (your colleague plays BTO’s ?Taking Care of Business? before every staff meeting). And… Read more »

On the Hill – Horse and Cart

Build it and they will come. That seems to be the premise Governor General MichaĆ«lle Jean is going on as she lobbies for a university to be built in Canada’s north. She delivered a sharp rebuke to Ottawa recently, saying that Canada lags some 40 years behind other nations who’ve brought higher learning to northern… Read more »

AUSU This Month – Annual AGM Held; Media Committee Started

Annual AGM Held As you probably already know from the AGM Report put out by the Voice, AUSU held its annual general meeting on March 23, 2009. In that meeting a number of important revisions to the definitions of AUSU membership occurred, to make sure that the Councillors you elect are able to represent you… Read more »

Dear Barb – Unruly Kids Strain Sisterly Bond

Dear Barb: My sister and I have always been close. When I got married I was anxious for her to get married so we would have children close in age. Fortunately my sister got married two years after I did and today we both have two young children who are close in age. Well, things… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Just for Today

Anyone (and everyone) with email has received inspirational, motivational, tear-jerking pieces that tug at the heart strings. Often there is music or poignant images. Way too often there is the exhortation to send this along to ten or 12 people in the next seven minutes. I admit that most of the time I read and… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Rah Rah, Going Steady

CD: Rah Rah, Going Steady Label: Young Soul Records Release date: 2008 Would It Help if Love Songs Weren’t Just Meant to Get You Into Somebody’s Pants? ‘Many years ago Somebody else stood right where I’m standing now. Somebody drank the water that I drink. Now that It’s the new millennium You just gotta stop… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Little Foot Long Foot

Little Foot Long Foot is a Toronto-based rock duo comprising vocalist-guitarist Joan Smith and drummer Isaac Klein. On May 26 they released Harsh Words, an album of bluesy, hard-driving songs in classic rock style. The band is currently on a tour of Canadian cities. The following are notes from a conversation between Wanda Waterman St…. Read more »

Education News – Changes made to Ontario student financial assistance

WATERLOO (CUP) ? John Milloy, Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, announced earlier this month that the province will see changes to its Distance and Textbook and Technology Grants, available to Ontario post-secondary students. The new requirements only permit students who qualify and receive the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) to receive the grants…. Read more »

Did You Know? – AU Collaborations

As AU students know, distance learners are a vibrant community of people working and studying together. And the teamwork doesn’t end there. AU ?collaborates with hundreds of institutions and organizations in Alberta, across Canada, and around the world to make university education more accessible and flexible for students everywhere.? From collaborative programs to transfer credit… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – All Secure

In Burma, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged after a security breach that saw an American man gain access to her home. She may be at the mercy of a corrupt government, but even those with power (and freedom) have plenty to deal with when it comes to security. Breach of Etiquette… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Arctic university on Governor General’s agenda – In Foreign News: Peru’s inflation rate a staggering 216 billion per cent

At Home: Arctic university on Governor General’s agenda Ottawa has labelled it a non-priority, but Governor General MichaĆ«lle Jean continues to press for a university in the Arctic. Speaking with The Canadian Press, Jean confirmed that She’s not about to abandon her efforts to have a university built in the region. As the Toronto Star… Read more »