Archive for March, 2011

Do the unexpected: Vote

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

With the upcoming election, I thought I would share this clip from Rick Mercer, urging students to “do the unexpected” and vote this May 2nd.

As Rick points out, people the age of 18-25 are the biggest voting resource in Canada, coming in at about 3 million people. Yet, our political candidates do little to please us, as if we were just “dead” as he illustrates in his rant. If this was different, and we all voted, we could demand things… like lower tuition.

Voting takes a few minutes, literally. It’s not intimidating, it’s not difficult, and I promise you’ll feel good about it afterwards.

If you think that not voting eliminates you from the political process, you are very wrong! Not voting is still political – you are just giving extra points to the winning candidate, not letting your voice be heard… a definite lose-lose situation.

Do some research on the candidates to see what they propose, usually this is as simple as reading a few newspapers or blogs. Find something you’re interested in, and watch it unfold. You could feel strongly about green energy, international trade, minority rights, tuition, or having more money coming into Cape Breton. Whatever it is, find out what the candidates plan to do there, and then base your vote on that.

If you’re really confused, and want a basic tool to help you with your decision, view CBC’s Vote Compass here at:

Keep in mind; it’s just a tool, something to start off with.

This election, become involved and vote – if not, you lose the right to complain.

CBU students meet US consulate general

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The crowd of students present for the session with Anton Smith.

On March 15, 2011 CBU Political Science students were able to meet with US consulate general Anton Smith.

The session promised to be an early morning breakfast with a discussion among students and Anton.

Anton has a reputation for being quite frank with his responses, always doing what he can to create a dialogue between US and Canadian citizens.

After attending the session, I must admit that it definitely lived up to expectations! I enjoyed Anton’s personable approach to our small group, and applauded his outreach to students across the Atlantic region.

So, what did we talk about, feisty CBU political science students and a US diplomat who pushed for hard questions?


CBU Political Science Society: Engaging Youth in Politics

Monday, March 28th, 2011

In one of my classes this past week, my professors asked the simple question of  “did you know that there will be a federal election on may 2nd?” Less than half of the class raised their hands. This is discouraging considering these are the people leading our country and making the decisions that affect all of Canada. Do young people not understand or just not care?

Are you interested and looking to learn more about the upcoming elections?

*Please not the room change to the Royal Bank Lecture Theatre


Good Morning, Good Morning To You

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Welcome again to the DollarBlog. Last week, we celebrated the high Canadian dollar by looking at some well-known internet stores. This week, in celebration of the coming end of this academic term, I’ll be counting off some of my favourite ways to start a day off right – and make it stay good.


It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

The final crunch is upon us at CBU. Things are busier than ever. Students fill up all remaining chairs in the library or cafeteria and stare intently into their computer screen, looking for words, or sometimes a distraction.

It’s not hard to tell that there are only a few days of school left. People literally are in over drive, but a more enthusiastic one, since there’s a light at the tunnel so to speak. Soon our rushing will be over, just like that, and we will be ‘free agents’, allowed to do as we please! Hopefully which involves catching up on sleep for at least a few days.

When I talk to first year students about being done in April, they are all so pleased! I mean, being finished in April is way better than being finished at the end of June. They don’t really care how much work they have to do: it will be over with, and then they can sheepishly pity all of their younger high school friends who have to stick it out while they are enjoying months of freedom from academia.

Then there are your second and third year students. Some still have that ‘this is awesome’ belief, while others just become 100% overwhelmed with school, spending every waking minute at school, eating junk, and being miserable. (I do not suggest the latter.)

Then you have your fourth years that are no doubt under pressure to graduate. They are getting everything done, some feeling like they wish it wouldn’t end, because what comes next? Being an undergrad student is a lot of fun, even if it is sometimes stressful.

So, for all of you CBU students out there working hard, it will be worth it! And everyone is experiencing the same crunch – so grin and bare it, it will be overwith soon.

Good luck with the end of your semesters. Now I’m back to the books.

The Benefits of Sleep

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

If I was ever posed with the question, “If you could never eat for the rest of your life, or never sleep for the rest of your life, what would you choose?”  I hands down, would eliminate eating, because I have a not-so-secret love affair with sleeping.  And as a university student, it can be hard to come by, which makes my love of sleeping that much greater.


Celebrating Our High Dollar

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Last week on the CommentBlog, we discussed how you should or shouldn’t post comments on the internet. This week, we’ll be celebrating the high Canadian dollar (above parity, folks!) by reviewing a few internet shops.

This is something I feel people should be educated on; student or not, you probably ought to save money when you can instead of being gouged by whatever we have around here, and the internet is arguably the best place to do it. If you’re a student, then it’s likely even more important to you that you save those dollars where possible.


Cars + Hemp = Cleaner Environment?!

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Environmental issues have become a huge topic of discussion lately around the entire world. Researchers everywhere are trying to find new methods for generating power, disposing of waste, and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Wind and solar power are two current technologies that are used to reduce the overall need for burning fossil fuels. A lot of products being made now are from recycled materials and a lot of others are totally biodegradable so we can reduce space in our landfills.

There is still one really big problem that overall hasn’t been improved a whole lot in terms of the environment. That problem is cars. First of all they severely pollute the environment with their emissions from the burning of fossil fuels (gas). Second that oil has to be obtained through drilling, and as we saw with the BP oil spill, this can have detrimental effects on the environment.

Don’t get me wrong; there have been a lot of steps forward in their improvement, like hybrid cars for example. While they do cut down on pollution they come nowhere near removing it. In my searches through the Internet I did come across something. That something is a car made totally with hemp.

You read that correctly. A car made out of hemp.

The Kestrel. A car made of hemp.


SIFE Cape Breton places at Regional Exposition

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

As you may or may not know, I am President of SIFE Cape Breton, which is an organization functioning as a society under the Students’ Union at CBU. SIFE or Students In Free Enterprise encourages students to form teams on their campus and apply business concepts learned in the classroom to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need in their community.

Some members of SIFE Cape Breton


Daydream believer

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Daydreaming is wonderful. Your mind wanders a bit, and next thing you know you’re on a beach, letting the sun kiss your face. You taste fresh fruit, feel the sand on your feet, and smile.

That is, until you’re brought back to reality by your starring peers, who are starting to giggle about you.

Okay, no more daydreaming during class. I thought that after years and years of school I would curb my joyous thoughts, but nope: I’m cursed to be a daydreamer.