Mindfulness meditation and you: An alternative way to cope with stress and anxiety

As exam season quickly approaches and the semester comes to an end, stress is in the air. Mindfulness meditation is an increasingly popular tool recommended by healthcare professionals to help individuals relax the body and the mind, and cope with stress, anxiety, and depression. So what is the truth about mindfulness meditation, and could it actually be beneficial to you? Defining mindfulness Mindfulness can be practiced at any time, anywhere—or all the time and everywhere, as Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh explained in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Mindfulness is a unique and personalized experience for those who try it, according to Heather MacLean, a neurology professor at the University of Ottawa (U of O). In a November 2016 lecture, […]

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Health Canada considers banning smoking on campuses

The federal government is considering a new anti-tobacco policy that could ban smoking on post-secondary school campuses. In addition to a smoking ban, new guidelines would see the legal age for buying tobacco products raised to 21. According to a discussion paper published by Health Canada on Feb. 22, approximately 15 per cent of Canada’s population uses tobacco products—or an estimated four million people. The new proposal aims to reduce tobacco use to less than five per cent by 2035. Each post-secondary school already has its own smoking policy, with variations of smoking bans dependent on the province in which they reside in. Carleton University’s policy prohibits smoking within 10 meters of any entrance or exit of all buildings, as […]

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A (crazy) commute: Cycling safety for students in Ottawa

Bronson Avenue is unavoidable for 22-year-old math and physics student Ben Wilkinson-Zan when he commutes to Carleton University on his bike. His daily route takes him twisting through the side streets known to local cyclists as “dangerous.” First, he heads down Lyon Street South, turning right onto Fifth Avenue, then a left onto Muriel Street before heading west down Holmwood Avenue towards the lights on Bronson—he said it is safer to turn left at the lights, but it is not guaranteed. Safety is important for every type of commuter, but cyclists need to be particularly cautious, considering the City of Ottawa reported 1,509 cyclist collisions—which included one fatality and 246 injuries—in the 2015 Ottawa Road Safety Report. The City of […]

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U of O student finds black mould in residence unit

Student housing at the University of Ottawa (U of O) has been working to address concerns of black mould being present in at least one residence building. Dev Thain, a masters of business administration student at U of O currently living with a roommate in Brooks residence building, said problems with his basement unit began on “day one” of his rental. “We got an inspector to come to the unit, and we found a lot of black mould,” Thain said. “My housemate is coughing a lot.” According to Health Canada’s website, mould is caused by damp conditions and is often found on drywall, wood, and carpeting. By breathing in the spores released by mould, people can experience coughing, shortness of […]

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Is marijuana-impaired driving an impending possibility?

The Trudeau government said it hopes to introduce marijuana legalization in legislation by the summer. Many Canadians believe this move is long overdue, but there are still precautions and safeguards that need to be implemented to avoid potential risks—including the possibility of an increase in stoned drivers on the roads. But what are the laws surrounding marijuana-impaired driving? Drugs and driving Provisions about drug-impaired driving are found at both the provincial and federal levels of the law, according to Eugene Oscapella, a criminology professor at the University of Ottawa (U of O) and an expert in policies and laws related to illegal drugs. At the federal level, section 253 of the Criminal Code of Canada prohibits driving or operating any […]

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