Untitled.pngOnline education has come a long way in the last few years. Even though a lot of you might still feel that the conventional classroom setting is safer, the fact is online training provides immense flexibility that classroom setting does not. The convenience of attending an online, interactive class and studying at your own pace is unparalleled.

People who don't have time to attend a full-time college turn to online programs for career advancement. Working professionals looking for hikes and promotions, those wishing to switch careers, or stay-at-home moms who wish to pursue a course and begin working, all welcome the flexibility an online education can provide. There are hundreds of colleges that offer legit online programs, and here are some of the best and most popular online programs that guarantee a steady career with a respectable income.

Online programs that offer stable Careers


For someone who's a skilled problem solver and wants work that's intellectually challenging, paralegal or legal assistant as they're sometimes known is a great career option. You get to work like a lawyer but without half a dozen years of education! A vital member of legal teams, their main job is to draft documents and litigation and perform research. Among the many schools offering online courses, Capilano University offers online paralegal courses. Work settings could range from small lawyer's office, corporate offices, real estate firms, and with the increasing trend of telecommuting sweeping the nation, you could set up your very own office and work online from home!

Median hourly wage: $24.04

Medical Transcription

Medical transcriptionists listen to doctor-dictated audio files and transcribe them into documents to compile patients' health records. An aging and increasing population and the need to maintain patients' records for future reference has made medical transcription an almost indispensable part of healthcare. Medical transcriptionists, after a few years' experience, can choose to work remotely, making it a great telecommuting career. CareerStep offers online courses in medical transcription that can be completed in as little as four months. You can also do the medical transcription editing course which involves reviewing and correcting reports generated by the speech recognition software.

Median hourly wage: $21.00

Graphic designer

This one's for folks with a creative bent of mind. If you can combine presentation skills and typography strategically to come up with visually appealing designs, you can excel at this career! Though most graphic designers work in designing firms, freelancing is slowly gaining a strong foothold. If you're interested, begin by looking up the course offered by University of Waterloo.

Median hourly wage: $20.00


Some people are more at ease communicating through their writing skills than they are with face-to-face conversations. Does a grammatical or spelling error stir up an instant negative reaction in your mind? If you identify yourself with these traits, writing could be your calling!

You could write stories, articles, even poetry, publishing them on blogs and magazines? There's even a program structured specifically to sharpen your writing skills at University of Toronto and it also gives you a chance to meet other writers.

Median hourly wage: $26.92

Virtual Assistant

This fancy term is just another name for administrative assistant, but one who works remotely! Now isn't that cool? It's like outsourcing office duties to someone (I mean you) who works from home such as answering calls, organizing files and documents (online), booking appointments, making travel arrangements, managing emails, and the list goes on. You can even look up the training program developed at VATP just for virtual assistants.

Median hourly wage: $21.35

Online education has come a long way with the advent of the Internet. Sure there are scams, so you need to be a tad attentive when you do your research for online courses. Look for reputed institutes and get references from former students and employers who hire the students. It won't be an easy decision. So carefully evaluate your options and choose a profession that best suits your interests - and you could be heading for a rewarding career from the comfort of your home!

*All hourly wage figures sourced from the Canadian Career-Wage report at http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/wage-outlook_search-eng.do?reportOption=wage.

Screen shot 2014-08-31 at 9.15.38 AM.pngIf you are already employed in the IT field or are trying to start out with a new career in networking then getting certified in these fields is your primary step. Cisco certifications are such a boost to your resume and career and here are a few reasons why you should pursue it.

  1. Cisco is one of the most trusted names in the industry. They are one of the leading providers of networking and IT solutions and this gives them an immense amount of credibility. Employers know that you have been given an excellent education when they see that certification on your resume.
  2. There are dozens of specializations to choose from. No matter what your information technology interests are, you can bet there is a specialization that fits your career path perfectly.
  3. Cisco has seven distinct career paths for certification. Network security, service provider, routing and switching, voice, storage networking, wireless and design. Each path incorporates a specific set of certifications that help prepare you for the increased responsibility in your field.
  4. Starting at the bottom and obtaining a lower level certification helps prepare you for certifications that are higher up the ladder. This will open up doors for you should you continue to specialize your skills.

Now that you know why you should get Cisco certified, you should prepare yourself for the exams you will face. Use all resources at your disposal to study for the tests. You can even find information online at sites like testsforge, which will help ready you to earn your certification.


Every year in February, when Montreal is a cold, dark and snowy place, the city plays hosts to the brightest students from the top 24 universities of the world. The students come to the John Molson School of Business to compete and to prove their school to be the best in the world. They take the knowledge they've gleaned from their classrooms and apply it to real-life business challenges. This is the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition (JMUCC).

Case competitions are nothing new to business schools. The case method is a popular teaching tool where students learn to apply their knowledge by applying it to business cases, from real-life past business challenges. This allows them to learn by doing. Case competitions allow for students to do this with live business cases. They work in teams to solve the business challenge and then present their recommendations to a panel of judges who are business executives.


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We are only one and a half weeks removed from Bernard Hopkins' record setting performance at the DC Armory. He became the oldest boxer to unify alphabet belts, in the process becoming a lineal world titlist. His opponent Beibut Shumenov, a maverick, regularly chooses to suit up without a cornerman. That leaves him without a second opinion between rounds & no wisecracker shouting out commands as is custom. Only the cutman applies Vaseline to his swellings. There's something to be said about a man gone rogue. In boxing, a pep talk has been known to unleash a running scowl, in the event a fighter is trailing on the scorecards. The score is shrouded in mystery until the final bell sounds, but everybody in the Armory was keeping count out of a possible 120. It seemed that on the night, Beibut was never really in this one.

It's no secret, matchmakers bait their prizefighters into taking (health) risks. Beibut obviously has his reservations about keeping a large entourage. Everything he needs is packed up and waiting for him inside the ring. Even so, it takes a madman to step into the ring unabated opposite a legend of the sport, especially without a team of specialists. Bernard turned 49 this past January and it seems his body is composite gold. Sure his work rate has diminished but great fighters like Bernard make the requisite adjustments to their arsenal as the years pile on. He was once a maverick in his own right, back when he made twenty consecutive title defenses between the ages of 30 and 40. That's a decade worth's of liver shots. In his defense he practices the 'art of not getting hit' and Compubox stats seem to tell the tale: 186 total punches landed to Beibut's 124.

The boxers weighed in at 173 a piece, and ballooned up to 180 the day after a carb-rich meal. At 49, Bernard maintains a 30inch belt size. Beibut is also year-long gym rat. Boxers have been known to purge their bodies in the lead up to a fight but these boys really run the gamut 300+days a year. I'm talking meal planning, cardio, and fight simulation packed into a tight schedule. The hardest part of the lifestyle is being estranged from family. It occurs several times a year, or as often as they sign the dotted line. With a full training camp under his belt, it occurred to me that Bernard had leveled the field on his adversary. With his victory, it remains to be seen whether he will accept a purse bid from Montreal's Adonis Stevenson, owner of WBC belt, as well as The Ring Honorarium. Pride and Prejudice are the two ideals governing the sport. A fighter simply cannot bear the thought of walking away from a challenge. If Bernard accepts, it could spell the very end of an illustrious career. Adonis possesses monolithic power that demands positive regard from its opponent at all. But if Saturday was any indication, Bernard can't be counted out, at least for the next little while.

As for Beibut, the future is unclear, but hardly bleak. Since the loss, talks have intensified but nothing has come of it. Odds are he faces a fighter just short of contention. Maybe he wallows in the mid-table for a while. But if his multi-fight contract with Showbox is any indication, we haven't seen the last of him on North American soil.

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by Guillaume Morissette

Guillaume dodges the sophomore slump with his latest, New Tab, a semi-autobiographical take on underbelly city life and crippling self-doubt, two ideas that vary in magnitude. Montreal, as depicted by Gui, is lawless and completely dissimilar to our classical understanding of this picturesque town enhanced by our most famous literary exports. Imagine instead a much rougher appearance, and your favorite neighborhood looted by millenials. Wi-Fi signals are stolen with cash on stowaway. A young man's vision of desire is taken from him. Poor life choices lead to possible bereavement.


A network of relationships is at the core of this 'event'. As is Thomas' view on art for the sake of art. His self-awareness is not only a fundamental issue but also a hilarious plot device that conjures the best of the author's ability to alleviate and make sense of sadness.

The characters are intentionally homogenous to highlight Thomas' character. Shannon is especially well written. Her humorous quips in light of other more pressing issues are proof that Facebook chat is fast becoming a literary pastiche.

This is Guillaume's first full-length novel published through Véhicule Press. Guillaume's brand potential has almost overshadowed his overall end product, which raises important questions about the nature and the structure of Quebec's literary landscape. But his work far surpasses that, and its target audience is all consuming and ever expanding. Guillaume's anxiety is very much enjoyable as a second hand experience. If you happen to live in the Montreal area, you should try and hear him read a portion of New Tab while the getting is good.

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Last summer, Montreal inaugurated its very first MURAL festival. Spanning over a period of three days, locals and tourists flocked towards boulevard Saint-Laurent as artists showcased over 20 unique street art murals. With the positive feedback garnered from last years festival, Montreal is set to host MURAL for a second time. If you plan to check out this epic festival, here's a list of Montreal street artists to keep an eye out for this summer.

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Bravo, to my fellow Quebecers for overthrowing a government that has misrepresented and disrespected the values of its citizens. On April 7th 2014 Quebecers once again decided that the queen was doing an awful job. And so, in typical fashion--off with her head! By "queen" I'm referring to Quebec's fallen Premier Pauline Marois.

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I attended a private event at La Champagnerie on Monday, February 17th as part of the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition (read more). For those interested in hosting an event there, I would not recommend having over 150 people as we were 160 and it was completely packed. Both restaurant and bar, La Champagnerie is beautifully located on rue Saint-Paul in Old Montreal, literally across the street from Marche Bonsecours. It's a great place to take tourists!

The space itself is very cool. There are two bars and two semi-levels. The main bar is in the centre of the main room and is surrounded by small tables to the side where you can sit in small groups. At the back of the venue, there is a second level with a second bar and large booths that are perfect for getting bottle service with a group of friends. The front end of the restaurant offers little windowed alcoves that are the perfect setting for a romantic date.

Thumbnail image for GP"Trope [the word] refers to a conventional literary device or figure of speech in which elements within a story plot, setting, characterization, or 'behind the scenes' of a fanwork (or canon source material) are a common concept that audiences are already familiar with and can easily recognize. Tropes are related to the concept of clichés but are not actually the same thing, especially in that they are not necessarily overused to the point of being distracting. Rather tropes are significant or recurrent themes whose universality makes them a convenient conduit for familiar concepts." - Fanfiction Terminology

No matter how small a fandom might be, one can always count on finding at least one trope fic, if not dozens, hundreds, or even thousands more. The fact of the matter is, that trope writing is an inescapable aspect of fanfiction. One would be hard pressed to find a seasoned, or even moderate, fanfiction author that hasn't at the very least written one trope fic. Which is why, when exploring the world of fanfiction, one ought to become familiar with the most basic of tropes. The following review will not only list five of the most popular fanfiction tropes - but five of the oldest as well.

However, before moving on to the review itself, the reader should be made aware of the following terms prior to proceeding with the article.

Cannon: "refers to elements established by the original source material (TV show, book, movie, etc...) itself for either plot, setting, or character developments." - Fanfiction Terminology

Fandom: "refers to the fan-based community dedicated to a particular TV show or other cult-inducing medium, including movies, books, music, comics, and any other canon source material. The term "fandom" can be used to represent either the fans and the multitude of ways in which they follow and enjoy the original source material, or as a generic way of referring to the original source material that supports a fan-based community itself. Fandom includes both the internet presence and real-life existence, and is expressed in many ways including websites, mailing lists, archives, fanart, fanfic, Cons, etc..." - Fanfiction Terminology