- Published on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 15:35 15 October 2014
- Written by Justin Wilson Justin Wilson
After losing almost 300 lbs, Bill Laplante is more motivated than ever to show people that they can change their lives
It's an all too common story; people decide to lose weight, eat better and focus on their health only to fall back into old routines.
But with radio personality Bill (The Big Man) Laplante, who these days goes by his birth-name, William, that played out resolution meant more than simply staying away from fried food or adding quinoa to his grocery list.
At his heaviest, 707 lbs, Laplante was tired of seeing the inside of a hospital — the fear of death a serious reality.
And with that, he's since lost more than 275 lbs.
- Published on Friday, 03 October 2014 17:27 03 October 2014
- Written by TRAVIS BORTSMAYER TRAVIS BORTSMAYER
Messy split-ups can see parents sidelined from their kids
My parents are divorced. At the time it happened I was only nine, and of course it seemed like the end of the world. As any person who has experienced the same knows – it's a scary feeling to have your family foundations shaken, and sometimes completely uprooted.
But looking back, I can see that I was one of the lucky ones – my parents were civil with each other. They never argued in front of my sisters and me, they never involved us in their marital troubles, and they never tried to make us choose sides.
- Published on Monday, 06 October 2014 22:42 06 October 2014
- Written by Dayla Brown Dayla Brown
Students fired up as institution proposes ‘market modifiers’ to three programs
Mount Royal University students sat in their seats shaking their heads as they listened to Kathy Shailer, provost and academic vice-president of Mount Royal University, talk about so-called “market modifier” proposals at a university “consultation” on Oct. 2.
Market modifiers are tuition increases based on the perceived market value for that course and on indicators such as applicant numbers. This means students could pay more for some courses than others.
For example, the Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Alberta has the highest tuition rate in Alberta. That degree has now set the highest value to which other universities could potentially charge per course, which Shailer explained in the consultation.
- Published on Friday, 03 October 2014 13:36 03 October 2014
- Written by EVAN MANCONI EVAN MANCONI
A degree in geography and love of bicycles led Doug Hagedorn into an unusual venture — developing a tablet for the blind
Hagedorn, founder and CEO of Tactalis, walks into the Holy Grill wearing a t-shirt and jeans, fresh from a meeting concerning his other passion – cycling – at Speed Theory. The 29-year-old entrepreneur orders a coffee at the local joint and sits down to chat about the technology he's developing that could potentially make life a lot easier for the visually impaired.
Over one million Canadians are living with blindness or significant vision loss according to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). Although technological advancements have allowed for universal smartphones and tablet computers, the blind and visually impaired are unable to use these visual devices.