Vol. 20 Iss. 06

Volume 20 Issue 6 - 02/10/2012

Love Letter

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. And although stores are urging us to purchase expensive treats for our loved ones, sometimes a simple note suffices. If nothing else, February 14 is a great time to shower some special attention on the relationships in our lives?particularly if we’ve been neglecting them. I’ve got one That’s way… Read more »

AUSU Update – February 2012

ELECTIONS ARE HERE! Want to get involved with your fellow AU students? Gain valuable experience while still serving others? Then AUSU Council might be the place for you! AUSU holds elections every two years to fill nine positions on Council. These nine councillors later select from among themselves an executive group of three (President, VP… Read more »

From Where I Sit – That Would Be Good

Every year at this time, cynics question the true meaning of Valentine’s Day. ?Oh, It’s just a shameless act of commercialism by greeting card companies, restaurateurs, florists and jewellers,? says one. ?My old lady knows I love her. I told her 20 years ago when we tied the knot. Nuthin’s changed,? says another. ?That better… Read more »

Write Stuff – War of Words

Of all the literary contests and book clubs out there, nothing sounds quite so benign as ?Canada Reads.? From the title alone you can tell it involves Canadians, a famously polite bunch, and reading, a notably non-violent pastime. So what the heck happened when a Canada Reads judge started accusing authors of being ?bloody terrorists?… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Ken Burns: Prohibition

Film: Ken Burns: Prohibition (2011) Director: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick Genre: Documentary In 1920 America spurned Dionysus, god of wine and ecstasy, and Dionysus exacted a swift and lasting revenge that changed the social fabric of the country, the economy, and history. The 18th Amendment?which ushered in the era of Prohibition?encouraged dissent, deceit, lawlessness, and… Read more »

Health Matters – Chocophile

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, store displays are stacked high with the treats that seem to be synonymous with the season: cinnamon hearts, romantic conversation candies, and, of course, chocolate. Not too healthy?or is it? You may be in for a (pleasant) surprise. Although there’s certainly no health factor in red-dyed, artificially flavoured… Read more »

In Conversation with . . . Blackstone, Part IV – Justin Rain: On Playing Alan Fraser, Part II

?A nation must be embraced, rehabilitated and expressed as a tangible sign of human creativity and as an integral element of mankind’s heritage.? Abdelaziz Bouteflika Blackstone is a Gemini award-winning Canadian television series based on a fictitious Canadian First Nations reserve. The second season is now airing on the Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN) and… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Red and White

It’s mid-February, so It’s all about the red and white. Valentine’s Day? No, actually?a lesser-known statutory holiday is Canada’s Flag Day, celebrated every February 15. This week’s links are a guide to everything you ever wanted to know about the flag of Canada. How to Deal What are the dos and don’ts of flag use… Read more »

Did You Know? – Project Gutenberg Canada

You’re probably aware of Project Gutenberg, an online resource which provides free access to literary works that have passed into the public domain. But did you know that there’s a Canadian equivalent, Project Gutenberg Canada? The mission of Project Gutenberg Canada is to make freely available Canadian-specific content that is in the public domain. In… Read more »

20 Years of News and Views

Did you know that The Voice has sported a cover for less than a decade? In 2002, The Voice moved from a newspaper-style layout (with no cover) to a simple cover with a weekly quote. The following year a standard cover was created, featuring the Voice logo and original artwork by former Voice editor Tammy… Read more »