2008-02-14

    
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February 14, 2008
  The U of C's roamin' resident poetPDF files may take a moment to load

It would be interesting to know, so many years later, what exactly prompted Sina Queyras' high school creative writing teacher to advise her to drop out of school. Probably it was his recognition that this young woman was to lead a different path--he was the one who originally told her she was a poet.

"That seemed like a death sentence to me," said Queyras. "You know, obscurity, no audience, poverty, also irrelevance. I've never wanted to be a poet, but clearly he was right."

February 14, 2008
  Hockeysaurs take triple weekend winsPDF files may take a moment to load

Anyone taking on the University of Calgary men's hockeysaurs should be cowering in fear, as the boys are pushing hard to the playoffs. The Dinos played host to the University of Manitoba Bisons and came away with yet another sweep over the Feb. 8-9 weekend. Friday night's game saw the Dinos fight their way through penalty trouble to hold on for a 4-3 win. The series closer was also a tight one, but the Dinos managed to edge the Bisons by a score of 3-2. But who would be satisfied with two wins in one weekend?

February 14, 2008
  Counting votesPDF files may take a moment to load

Everyday when I get to campus, I order a cup of coffee. When I settle into work and take a drink of the hot liquid, I expect it to be coffee, not tea and not hot chocolate. After all, that's what I'd asked for.

When we as Albertans go to the polling stations and mark our ballots, we should be expecting to get what we asked for, a government based on the votes we cast. However, with our current voting system, this is not the case.

February 14, 2008
  Redrawing AlbertaPDF files may take a moment to load

Imaginary lines are surprisingly sensitive. Adjusting Alberta's 83 electoral divisions touches on many delicate issues: rural versus urban priorities, political favouritism and fair, relatively proportional representation of Albertans. It's impossible to address every political issue evenly when it comes time to redraw Alberta. The many conflicting interests create a difficult route to navigate.

February 14, 2008
  Campus crasherPDF files may take a moment to load

Campus Security advised students and staff to be on a lookout for suspicious behavior in campus washrooms, after a series of incidents involving a man caught in female washrooms across campus.

The man was discovered in a second-floor Math Sciences washroom Sun., Feb. 10, according to a campus community advisory email.

February 14, 2008
  Penetrating politicians' priorities on healthPDF files may take a moment to load

From 1992-2006 Ralph Klein's government instituted setbacks in Alberta's health care, despite enjoying a booming economy and a majority government. As Alberta heads into another election and there is uncertainty of future leadership, it's not clear what direction our health care will take. The four main parties pointed out major challenges that the Alberta government and its people face in the fields of health care.

February 14, 2008
  Looking at rails, roads and regulatorsPDF files may take a moment to load

Head-on collisions along the single lane highways, the eradication of crime from the streets and the future of infrastructure are important topics in the Province of Alberta. The four major parties in the Mar. 3 election are the Alberta Liberal Party, Progressive Conservative Party, The Green Party of Alberta and the Alberta New Democratic Party. All have ideas to improve the infrastructure of Alberta.

February 14, 2008
  The country-city balancing actPDF files may take a moment to load

In a historically rural province such as Alberta, it is vital that political candidates extend a hand to both the urban and rural sectors of society during election time.

February 14, 2008
  Oil's well that ends well...PDF files may take a moment to load

The Albertan economy, like your car, is run on oil. Since the beginning of Alberta's long love affair with the substance, from the great oil strike with Leduc No. 1 oil well to the current mining operations in Fort McMurray, the engine of the Alberta economy has been lubricated with the black sticky stuff. Many young men and women move up north to find employment in the patch, where companies like Suncor Energy and Syncrude Canada Ltd. are some of the largest employers in the region.

February 14, 2008
  Parties promise product for positionPDF files may take a moment to load

With the provincial election just around the corner, Albertan political parties are in full campaigning mode, constantly outdoing each other and touting the best and brightest of futures under their rule.

Integral to the campaign platform are election promises and they come on hard and fast. But what are they really worth and how does that shape the political environment we live in?

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