Vol. 17 Iss. 06

Volume 17 Issue 6 - 02/13/2009

On the Hill – Show Me the Money

Millions and billions and trillions, oh my. With all the news about billion-dollar spending packages and trillion-dollar debt, It’s easy for the average Canadian to feel a little like Dorothy Gale?disoriented in a strange land after being dropped out of the sky by a financial twister. But being a trusting lot, we’re reassured by the… Read more »

Porkpie Hat – The Palace of Love: A Cautionary Tale

The Empress of Love is sitting on her throne in her distant palace. The walls of the palace are made of cellophane and tinsel and paper as white as snow. The full moon (the moon is always full in this strange land) creates a pen-and-ink drawing of the heavily wooded imperial gardens. The gardens are… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Escapism at its Finest

There’s a good chance Roy and I were the whitest people at the Mexican resort when we arrived January 31. As we departed one week later, not much had really changed. At least not colour-wise. We had slathered on the SPF 60 sunscreen and sought out umbrellas and other shade structures. I realize this sounds… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Martin MacPhail of Theset

Theset, from Victoria, British Columbia, originally came together to write and perform one set of songs as an emo spoof. They gradually transmogrified into a progressive alt rock act producing serious, thoughtful songs with intricate, driving melodies. They’ve recently released their second album, NeverOddorEven (look for more palindromes inside). Theset is currently touring Canada. The… Read more »

AU Profiles – Eloise Campbell

STUDENT: Eloise Campbell When her boyfriend—now fiancĂ©—took a teaching job in Nunavut, Athabasca University student Eloise Campbell moved from Moncton, New Brunswick, to a remote northern community of 350 on the shores of Hudson Bay. A huge culture shock? Definitely. But according to her, absolutely worth it. During our chat, which disconnected several times by… Read more »

Did You Know? – Assess Yourself

Are you trying to choose an AU program, but having a hard time deciding? Or are you thinking of trying a course in a new subject, and aren’t sure if you’ve got the basics down? AU’s online assessment tools can help with those decisions. The ?Mapping Your Future? link offers a self-assessment quiz that ?will… Read more »

The Voice 2008 Writing Contest – Update

The entries are in and the judging is underway, and we’ll be announcing the winners of the 2008 Voice writing contest soon! Entrants were allowed to submit in both the fiction and non-fiction categories. First-place winners will each receive one AU undergraduate course. We received some remarkable submissions this year and our judges are hard… Read more »

Education News – Tories craft PSE caucus

Conservative MPs to regularly meet with PSE lobbyists OTTAWA (CUP) ? The federal Conservative government has created a party caucus to better liaison with post-secondary education lobbyists. On Thursday, February 6, Conservative MP Rod Bruinooge (Winnipeg South) rose in the House of Commons to announce the February 5 inaugural meeting of the Conservative post-secondary education… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Very Superstitious

It’s Friday the 13th, and that means people all over the world will be taking extra care not to walk under ladders or cross paths with a black cat. Luckily for us, It’s nothing more than superstition. Or is it? Superstitions Around the World This site doesn’t provide the country of origin for superstitions, but… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Judges lose out on 18 per cent pay hike – In Foreign News: 72-year-old former sprinter gives teen thief a run for her money

At Home: Judges lose out on 18 per cent pay hike When it comes to a hefty pay hike, It’s case closed for Canada’s 1,000 federally appointed judges: a proposed 18 per cent raise has been turned down. The decision was announced by Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, and it means that federal judges will not… Read more »