Blackboard to change in summer

The University of Calgary plans to change its current learning management system Blackboard to different software over the 2013 spring and summer break. Blackboard 8.0 has been in use since 2008. A committee of IT partners, Library, Teaching and Learning Centre representatives determined the shortlist of programs based on utility, as well as surveyed staff… Continue reading Blackboard to change in summer

Picky politics

There is a special place in etiquette hell for picky eaters. With the exception of individuals suffering from severe allergies, people with mechanical problems — like no teeth — and cantankerous two-year-olds, being open to trying new foods should be a given for all able-bodied adults. 
 As our society becomes more culturally diverse, with… Continue reading Picky politics

Idle No More stalls progress

It’s easy to support political movements in Canada like Idle No More, no matter how vague or questionable they are. Canadians have the right to petition for legislative change, but we should take a sober second look at the increasingly vocal Idle No More movement. 
 The movement attempts to tackle Bill C-45, which changes… Continue reading Idle No More stalls progress

Hate the game

Overpaid corporate executives are bad for business. Large bonuses have had implications in a lack of corporate accountability, further economic instability and diminishing returns for the average worker’s salary.
 The financial crisis of the late 2000s — colloquially dubbed ‘The Great Recession’ — saw the loss of millions of jobs and homes, and the evaporation… Continue reading Hate the game

Women on top

Kathleen Wynne has become the first female premier of Ontario, beating out her rival and front-runner Sandra Pupatello. Wynne is also the first openly gay premier. She joins five other women who are currently serving as premier of provinces or territories. This brings the male to female ratio in provincial leadership to 50:50 for the… Continue reading Women on top