Food and drink blog: Easter eats

Ah, early April. The birds are chirping, the snow is melting, and Easter is just around the corner. Unfortunately, most of us will be spending the holiday holed up in fire-safety-ambiguous apartments dragging ourselves through the last weeks of the semester. (Well, not me—I’m in journalism, so I’ll be done long before then, but I’ll extend my sympathy.) Easter seems to be one of the holidays students forget about. It gets overshadowed by St. Patrick’s Day, and we’re usually too busy to care. Some of us might buy a bunch of discount Easter bunnies the day after, but that’s kind of sad, right? In my first year at university, I remember eating dinner on Easter Sunday at McDonalds. I forgot […]

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Politics blog: Populism will hurt the UK, not the EU

Last week, British Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50, thus beginning an arduous two-year process to exit the European Union (EU). Pundits have suggested that the United Kingdom’s (UK) monumental invocation of Article 50 would stir up populist support within other European countries. By examining the political climate of EU member states with upcoming elections, and by highlighting the fractured nature of domestic politics in the UK, it is clear that Europeanism is not under threat from populism; rather, the UK is. Many EU member states have either resisted the rise of populism, or are in the midst of fighting it. In the recent Dutch election, the far-right populist PVV party was expected to dominate the political landscape of […]

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Politics blog: Anti-Islamophobia motion divides the country even more

M-103, a motion asking members of the House of Commons to condemn “islamophobia” and “all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination” was passed on March 23, with 201 MPs voting in favour of the motion and 91 voting against. But what has the anti-islamophobia motion actually done for Canadians? Since it is a motion, it hasn’t really done anything concrete. Motions aren’t bills; I’ve seen a lot of remarks from people who think Islamophobia is now illegal. This is not the case. However, the message the motion sent out to Canadians was that we shouldn’t be Islamophobic. The motion is well-intended as no one deserves to be subject to discrimination. But I believe working with “antis” instead of trying […]

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Food and Drink blog: Balance your budget—and your diet

Ah, March . . . when there’s too much school year at the end of your money, and you’re starting to think twice about how much you accidentally bulked up in winter. Few things make getting through the end of semester more difficult than fuelling yourself with junk food and sleeping from 3 a.m. to noon every day. Here’s how to make the last bit in your bank account stretch, to help you feel your healthiest—before you find out your shorts don’t fit like they used to. Extend your [shelf] life One of the hardest things about being on your own at university is grocery shopping for one person. It’s hard to estimate how much food you should be buying […]

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Health and Fitness blog: Kick your caffeine habit

As we approach the end of second semester, the caffeine crave is REAL. With assignments and final exam preparations in the works, it can be tricky to stay on top of things. Throw in a social life, gym time and a job, and the days can be a real drain on your body. Despite being raised by a family of avid coffee drinkers, I never developed a deep appreciation for the drink. Whether you’re like me, and are not a huge fan of coffee, or if you’re the opposite, and are looking for ways to give coffee the boot, check out the following alternatives—they’ll give you less coffee-breath, but the same guaranteed energy boosts.   Awake chocolate This product is […]

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