Vol. 31 Iss. 09

Volume 31, Issue 9 - 03/03/2023

Minds We Meet—Toni-Lee Blanchard

The Voice Magazine recently had a chance to chat with Toni-Lee Blanchard (she/her), a Bachelor of Health Administration student from Gillams, Newfoundland and Labrador.  Toni-Lee stated, “I acknowledge that the land on which I live is in traditional Mi’kmaw territory, and I acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu,… Read more »

Music Review—Sicker

Artist: Melonball Album: Breathe Single: Sicker German skate-punk band, Melonball, are releasing their debut album Breathe on March 31st 2023.  In the meantime, the band has released a single from the album, titled “Sicker”.  The single is available for streaming anywhere you get your music. Melonball was formed in 2019 and consists of five members:… Read more »

[blue rare]—In the Cities of the Night

Far more than just an absence of sunlight, the nighttime is a whole different country; its borders between waking and dreams notoriously porous and uncontrolled.  In the cities of the night, winding backstreets are charged with strange energies and apparitions, more threatening than the daytime, but also more filled with the promise of mystery and… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—International Women’s Day & Emma Goldman

On International Women’s Day, March 8th, we might note one of the most vehement voices of early 20th century North American radical politics: Emma Goldman.  Her anarchist philosophies envisioned a world that embraced socioeconomic equality without either the heavy hands of industrial corporations or government bureaucracy.  For Goldman, taking a strong position with one’s feelings… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—The Beat Generation

From my early beginnings as a young introvert, the public library has always been a bit of a refuge.  Years later, not much has changed, albeit with an additional affinity for endless hours spent scouring second-hand bookstores to add to my ever-growing “to-read” pile. From one bookworm to another, this column will be underscoring and… Read more »

Dear Barb—News Kid on the Block

Dear Barb: I am a mother of a 7-year-old daughter.  My husband and I are news addicts.  We always have CNN on in the background when we are home.  Often my daughter is in the room playing or drawing while the news is on.  I assumed she wasn’t listening to the TV, but I was… Read more »

The Lie Down Lowdown

Lay down and go to sleep!  A phrase we may have heard when we were children, or said it ourselves to our own restless toddlers.  “Lay down and go to sleep!”  But wait, is that right?  Or is it “Lie down and go to sleep”? I flatter myself that I have a good grasp of… Read more »

Editorial—Find the Silver Lining

The latest Alberta budget came out not too long ago and if you dig through some of the documents, it becomes apparent, once again, that the primary job of Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides is not actually to support post-secondary education in the province, but rather to do what he can to convert higher education… Read more »

The Impossible?

Recently I saw a sign that said, “Impossible is not fact.  It’s an opinion.” I’m not sure if it was an advertisement for Impossible Burgers, but it was compelling. Anything terrific is possible.  You can have true love, a happy family, peak health, spiritual enlightenment, a Ph.D., subject matter expertise, incredible talents, a highly successful… Read more »

Peterson versus The Lion King

Not that long ago, I had a conversation with a person from the gym while we were on the treadmill, and the loose nature of the conversation led the person I was talking with to mention how they thought of themselves as somewhat of a “pushover”, how they disliked “letting people walk all over them”,… Read more »

The Importance of Being Direct

Why do so many people find it difficult to be direct with others? Why do so many people prefer to sugar-coat an explanation instead of acknowledging the realities of a situation? Does it have something to do with people being aghast in “cancel culture” hysteria? Or does it have something to do with the deterioration… Read more »

Four Tips in Navigating the Canadian Medical System

I moved to Canada in 2001 as a child.  My parents came from Shanghai and immigrated here without fluent English-speaking skills.  Early on we realized there were a few differences between the Chinese health care system and the Canadian one.  Specifically, whereas in China we could see any specialist we would like without prior referral,… Read more »

Hijabs and Love for the Quran and Judaism

I have a fascination with hijabs.  In fact, I’ve had one in my Amazon shopping cart for over a month.  It’s not for public or spiritual reasons but to prevent my wet hair from dripping on the hardwood floor.  Despite this, I’ve been intrigued for years by the thought of wearing one, partly for convenience. … Read more »

Student Sizzle—Following What’s Hot!

AthaU Facebook Group Edmonton Study Spots  A question as to possible study spots in Edmonton sparks a conversation about whether the U of A is still closed for outside students since COVID, and information about mask and food regulations and the campus library. reddit Clinical Assessments  A student asks for some information on what type… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Intro to Copyright & Open Licensing Mon, Mar 6, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Library news.athabascau.ca/events/introduction-to-copyright-open-licensing/ Register through above link Library Chat Tues, Mar 7, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Library www.athabascau.ca/library/index.html No pre-registration needed; access through chat box on home page Intro to Open… Read more »

Vintage Voice!

The United Nations marks March 3 as World Wildlife Day.  Our archives is bristling with wildlife references, and we chose this pair from Zoe Dalton’s Nature Notes column. Humans in the habitat.  Zoe Dalton outlines some of the urban hazards to wildlife, and describes the wildlife rehabilitation services that assist injured urban wildlife.  “To the… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Telesat 2023 Women in STEM Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  Telesat Deadline:  March 27, 2023, 1:00 pm ET Potential payout:  $5000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, identify as female, be entering or already enrolled in full-time studies in an undergraduate STEM degree program at an accredited Canadian university or… Read more »