Health and fitness blog: Not a “summer bod” blog

A nationwide epidemic is starting up once again, as we all want to look our very best under that impending summer sun. We wonder, is it too late to get in shape with summer just around the corner? At this point we find ourselves calculating the amount of time it would take to lose x amount of weight—would we really be able to get the body we’ve always wanted in just under a month? We will no longer be able to hide the calories we consume with heavy scarves and jackets, but worrying about how to get rid of those calories shouldn’t be added to our to-do lists. How to get a summer bod in just under 10 days? This […]

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Politics blog: Dank memes for lit politics

If you’re an avid Wi-Fi-using twenty-something in 2017, there is a 100 per cent chance you have seen, made, or shared a meme. Nonsensical, funny, and relatable, memes are the first language of the wild internet landscape. They can be created out of anything and for any occasion—and while they’re shared and created for entertainment, they’ve also contributed to the untamed, constant virtual discourse on politics. Search up “dank meme stash” on Facebook, and you’re bound to find communities of thousands of members dedicated to sharing memes about politicians and political ideologies. One example: Bernie Sanders’ Dank Meme Stash, a Facebook group over 450,000 members strong. The Presidential Medal of Freedom isn’t bad either. pic.twitter.com/HI4tMrLJ32 — The Glad Stork (@TheGladStork) […]

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Soundtracks for every mood

In news that surprises no one, Hollywood darling La La Land—a film about chasing dreams in Los Angeles—won the Academy Award for Best Original Musical Score. And who wouldn’t like the La La Land soundtrack? Toe-tapping musical numbers, moody jazz tones, and John Legend’s voice make this movie soundtrack one for the books. Music adds a whole other dimension to stories, providing more depth to emotions and moments shown on a screen. Like the cliché goes, when words (and pictures) fail, music speaks. It’s no surprise that music and audio get their own award platforms at the Oscars. We recognize movie music without even realizing it: the themes to Star Wars and Harry Potter are probably a few of the […]

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The legacy of Stuart McLean

Stuart McLean has died. The long time radio producer and host of the much-loved The Vinyl Café passed away on Feb. 15. McLean dedicated decades of his life not only to the CBC, but also to Canada itself. What started as a small show, where McLean would read letters and stories as well as play some of his favourite records, made him a household name before he knew it. McLean brought endless hills of rolling laughter to people everywhere. Whether it was with stories of Dave and Morley, letters shared by fans through The Vinyl Café Story Exchange, or even a cricket he once brought into the studio, Stuart McLean never failed to get Canadians cracking smiles. His unmistakable voice […]

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Health and fitness: Get back to the track

After a month and a half of regular exercise—swimming, going to the gym, and the occasional run—I was hit in the leg with not one, not two, but three on-and-off injuries. All that training came to a crashing halt, along with my plans to compete in my first triathlon this June. I’ll spare you the (painful) details for now, but basically I have knee pain—colloquially referred to as “runner’s knee” —shin splints, and occasional pain through my heel and achilles tendon. The knee pain is something I’ve been dealing with on-and-off since April, so it’s not really a surprise it reappeared. The other injuries, however, are brand new and typically caused by overuse. I was finally feeling back on track […]

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