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A few more iconic university buildings

This is an interesting list (“8 iconic Canadian university buildings,” Aug.-Sept. issue). University buildings have always fascinated me, and there are certainly a few others I would have included: the new Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning at the University of Calgary, the Telus Centre at the University of Alberta, and the new Gordon Oakes Redbear Student Centre at the University of Saskatchewan (which, like First Nations University of Canada, was designed by Douglas Cardinal). The Telus Centre was designed by Kassian Architects back in the early 2000s and has a middle feature shaped like a canoe, so it is quite distinctive. Kassian also designed the Taylor Family Digital Library at U of Calgary, which is one of the most interesting libraries on a Canadian campus. The Taylor Institute just opened last year and was designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, in association with Gibbs Gage Architects.

Brad Wuetherick
Mr. Wuetherick is executive director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Dalhousie University.

Not the retiring type

Redirection is a wonderful word (“Not the ‘retiring’ type? Why not ‘redirect’ instead?” online at, June 28). When I took an early retirement package in 1997, I quickly realized that the term “retired” was not for me. In 2002, a colleague and I wrote an article published in Forum entitled “Too young to retire: Reflections of two educators.” I found myself saying: “I left my paid full-time position as a professor
in 1997 and diversified my personal and professional activities.” Sometimes I state that “I transitioned into a more diverse range of personal and professional activities.” I regularly urge my social-work friends not to use the word “retired” because they are very actively involved in so many social justice issues. Regrettably, when one uses the word “retired,” others assume that your brain power has also withdrawn.

Dr. Valentich is a professor emerita in the faculty of social work at
the University of Calgary.


In the people section of the Aug.-Sept. issue, V. Wee Yong was correctly identified as a worldrenowned multiple sclerosis researcher at the University of Calgary. However, the headline referred to him incorrectly as a “Western University MS researcher.” The J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine, of which Dr. Yong is the 2017 recipient, is awarded by Western University’s Robarts Research Institute, hence the mix-up. We regret the error.