2009-10-29

    
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October 29, 2009
  Citizen sues Canadian governmentPDF files may take a moment to load

During the Thanksgiving season, many Canadians list the things they're grateful for. Living in a democratic nation is often close to the top of these lists. Suaad Hagi Mohamud, on the other hand, displayed how very ungrateful she is by filing suit against the Canadian government instead of thanking them for granting her citizenship. Taxpayers may soon be forking over $2.6 million plus legal costs because, out of the goodness of Mohamud's heart, she wants to make sure "this never happen[s] to another Canadian citizen."

October 29, 2009
  Swine flu hysteria is a big pain in the hineyPDF files may take a moment to load

Whoever thought to name the H1N1 virus "human swine influenza" goofed. It sounds like only human low-life scum are susceptible to the illness. Technically, it does save time to say "human swine" instead of "human and swine," but not much. On the other hand, with a society full of 1337 literates, H1N1 can be easily read "hiney," and no one really wants to hear nurses snickering about giving someone a hiney shot.

October 29, 2009
  Citizenship week misses markPDF files may take a moment to load

The government of Canada declared last week Citizenship Week. The week was commemorated by a series of events, including citizenship ceremonies across the country, designed to celebrate Canadian citizenship. While that notion seems great, the details given by Calgary Southeast MP and Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism minister Jason Kenney in the official press release seem a bit wonky.

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October 29, 2009
  The Louvre soon to be lovin' itPDF files may take a moment to load

The Louvre: The epicenter of high culture, home to stunning art from every epoch of Western history. Known first and foremost as a museum, for almost 700 years the building was one of the principal residences of the kings and emperors of France. Masterpieces currently residing in the Louvre include Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Alexandros of Antioch's Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace, whose sculptor remains unknown.

October 29, 2009
  Students weigh in on affordable housing discussionPDF files may take a moment to load

Finding affordable housing can be a struggle for students. The city has recognized that and launched a $25,000 pilot grant program to help landlords develop legal secondary suites. Secondary suites, also known as basement suites, can help lighten the financial load. However, due to City of Calgary bylaws, this choice is often an illegal one.

October 29, 2009
  Constructing green energy solutionsPDF files may take a moment to load

University of Calgary students won sixth place in a competition to build solar powered homes. The Solar Decathlon, which wrapped up Oct. 16 in Washington, D.C., showcased 20 teams from around the world. Homes were assessed on everything from market viability to architecture in the biennial competition.

October 29, 2009
  Environmental inaction an ethical issuePDF files may take a moment to load

Climate change is comparable to women's rights movements, institutionalized racism and slavery, said the speakers at Monday's Climate Change as a Moral Issue retreat.

Such comparisons may seem disproportionate, but the speakers at the retreat -- hosted by the faculty of social work -- were armed with daunting statistics and calling for political action.

October 29, 2009
  Sharing research online: open accessPDF files may take a moment to load

While technology is on the rise, many countries aren't reaping the benefits of the "Information Age." Leslie Chan, director of Bioline International-- a not-for-profit that advocates for open access-- thinks this lack of information is the precise reason poverty and disease still ravage developing countries.

October 29, 2009
  Mapping campus, a Google odysseyPDF files may take a moment to load

Without ever stepping foot on campus, prospective students can tour universities, current students can find their class locations, and alumni can stroll down memory lane -- all through Google Street View.

The Google Maps feature launched in Canada at the beginning of October. The technology allows Internet users a 360-degree panoramic street-level view of cities across Canada, including Calgary.

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