Finance Blog: Getting started on student savings

Saving money is never easy, particularly for students. Between classes, assignments, studying, extracurriculars, and trying to maintain some semblance of a social life, finding the time to work can be an incredibly challenging task. Bearing this in mind, it is crucial that you efficiently spend and save whatever funds you manage to get your hands on. The most important weapon you can carry on your quest for financial freedom is a carefully thought-out budget. A good strategy is to monitor for a week how much you spend, and on what. At this point, you are ready to determine if you need to cut back your spending (or more likely, by how much you need to do so). While it may […]

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Health and Fitness blog: Ottawa’s rad running trails

With warmer weather drawing people to the great outdoors, the spring and summer seasons are a great time to pick up a timeless fitness activity: running. And Ottawa offers a wide array of green spaces that make the trek worth it. These places have some great natural scenery to pass through as you sweat out those winter calories, so check them out on a solo run or a walk with friends! Gatineau Park Although Gatineau Park is probably better suited for hiking than running, it offers a wide variety of trails for all seasons. One of my favourites is the Pink Lake trail, which is part trail, part boardwalk, and winds around Pink Lake with several lookouts and platforms along […]

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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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