In Christian culture, November is traditionally dedicated to the remembrance of the dead. The Catholic Church has, for hundreds of years, designated November 2 as All Souls’ Day. A secular example of dedication to the dead is Remembrance Day, wherein we pray for the souls of those who have given their lives for our freedom, and we thank those who are still with us. Canada has a long tradition of standing for democracy and freedom in the world, and we have sacrificed much to ensure the survival of both.
The release of the annual Globe and Mail University report is always quite revealing as to what university students value in their educational experience. The Report grades 58 schools across the country based on student satisfaction surveys that cover a variety of criteria varying from food services to atmosphere on campus. The surveys are distributed to schools throughout Canada and, this year, a shocking number of 31 000 students participated by filling one out.
Since the introduction of the iPad many have commented that the device is simply a large iPod touch. This week Apple helped to bring those comments back with the introduction of the iPad mini starting at $329. Featuring a smaller screen and an A5 processor that was introduced with last years iPad 2, the iPad mini is placed in direct competition with popular 7 inch Android tablets, such as the Kindle Fire, and Nexus 7.
On Tuesday, November 13th, and Wednesday, November 14th, 2012, Redeemer is hosting its annual Zylstra Symposium, this year focusing on politics and culture. This year’s symposium promises to be exciting as it engages with the Christian role in foreign relations and global poverty. For students interested in social justice, this symposium offers insights into the various spheres of global involvement for Christians, and offers potential networking opportunities for those who are interested in pursuing work and volunteer positions in this area.
On a recent morning, while biking down Garner for an early class, I was hit suddenly with the warm smell of cinnamon and fresh baking wafting through the air. It took me a second to register what I was smelling, but then I realized I had just passed Bennett's Apples, the family-owned market and bakery less than a kilometre down the road from Redeemer.
With both the Democratic and Republican conventions wrapped up and the nominees finally chosen, the U.S. Presidential election is officially underway.The "official" distinction is important because, although the unofficial campaign has been underway for months, the fact that election season has officially started removes most of the remaining restrictions in place to limit spending on behalf of candidates.
A house divide cannot stand. This biblical proverb bears large relevance today in Canada where once again the song of separatism has risen up in Quebec, stirred by the first victory for the Parti Quebecois in nine years. But the proverb has an even deeper significance to Canada than just Anglophone and Francophone differences.
It has undeniably become a hallmark of the changing season. Starting sometime in late August, weekends in Southern Ontario are suddenly fragrant with the smell of manure; stars are dulled next to the lights of The Avalanche; and Grade 4 classes are painstakingly crafting turkeys out of construction paper. It is once again that time of year when agricultural fairs begin cropping up in nearly every small to midsized town in the province.
At the beginning of March, the world was introduced to or re-informed of an abominable act taking place in Africa – the act of kidnapping and training child soldiers to form a terrible and large army. It took about 24 hours to make this army and the leader Joseph Kony famous. But it seems that the world’s mission was discovered just as the army was “dying,” or at least shrinking and weakening from what it was in the past.
If you visit Dr. Mary Ashunʼs website you will see the proverb “It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep for life.” According to her grandma, this proverb means that a short and eventful life, filled with courage to seize the day is better than many days spent being timid and waiting for great things to happen to you. This proverb aptly describes Dr. Ashunʼs approach to life. From teaching education students at Redeemer, to writing childrenʼs books, to building a school in Ghana, Dr. Ashun gives each of her projects her full attention.
On April 26, 2010 there was an open forum held near McMaster University regarding the proposed Airport Employment Growth District (AEGD) or "aerotropolis" across the street from Redeemer. A panel of stakeholders were present to inform those in attendance about the proposal. Seated on the panel were the president and CEO of Hamilton airport, a former city councilor and Hamilton Progressive Development representatives.
Many of us have friends or old classmates who are currently studying at the University of Western Ontario. I would wager that very few of them, either now or in the past, refer to their school as anything other than “Western." This was precisely the reason why the London-based institution recently decided to undergo a full-scale branding overhaul, including a name change. As of late January, the school will now officially be known as Western University.
Sunday morning I met with my weekly running group and we started off on our usual looped path. A few kilometres in, one of the guys said, “Let’s turn here, we’re going down Whitney Avenue today in honour of Whitney Houston.” I was a bit puzzled, not by the new route but more by whomever this Whitney Houston character happened to be. I have to admit, I first thought he was talking about a local running friend or an old relative.
Dwight Duncan, Ontario’s Minister of Finance spoke to the Economics Club of Canada on February 13. He described two diets that are currently happening in Ontario: his own and that of the province of Ontario. Duncan noted that as he has begun to deny himself dessert, fast food and other unhealthy foods, so too must Ontario go on a diet to wean itself from the deficit that has been causing Ontario’s belly to swell.
Redeemer University-College is among the private universities not covered by the new Ontario tuition grants. Opinion on whether it should be covered is varied.
Some, like second-year student Cayley Beitz, are unhappy with the decision. “I’m upset,” said Beitz. “We’re students too, even if we pay more to go to a Christian university, so why shouldn’t the government extend the same benefits to us?”