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The Fulcrum’s got you covered with a gift guide full of budget-friendly, unique gifts that will actually be appreciated by everyone on your list.

A cursory glance at the fall-out from the free vote on Bill M-312 that took place in the House of Commons on September 26th, and it is this definition that springs to mind when seeing the divisive effect abortion continues to have on Canadian society and its national women’s movement.

November 11 may be over, but many students believe the day symbolizes values that should be reflected upon throughout the whole year. Others feel it’s time to move on from a bloody past and focus on a peaceful future. Here, students share what Remembrance Day means to them.

“The people that think they cannot make a difference frustrate me the most,” said Mueller. “To me, it’s simple math. 1+1+1+1+1=the population of our campus, the population of Ottawa, etc. The difference is made by each individual working separately but together [to lessen] our impact on the environment.”

Some of my peers are motivated in university by grades, future salaries, or parental pressure. I’m motivated by something else—the desire to make something of myself early enough in my life so my mom will remember it.

When something’s gotta give, sleep is often first to go—just look at the growing line-ups of students desperate for a caffeine fix at Second Cup.

When it comes to dieting and fitness, motivation is absolutely essential. I learned this the hard way in an oddball bet with my father a few years ago.

We’ve all been there—you wake up one morning, look in the mirror, and realize you aren’t as slim or fit as you once were. Still, you’re far too lazy to actually get off the couch, unless, of course, your roommate proposes a trip to McDonald’s followed by dessert at the Beavertail stand. The solution: following these six easy exercises, perfect for someone who hates fitness; no weights, sweat, or pesky gym visits required.

The idea of going vegetarian, even for a day, can be terrifying to the average meat eater. Even if they are aware of the health benefits of avoiding meat, some find it hard to say no. Vegetarian food can seem boring, complicated, or better suited to your rabbit’s hutch than to your dinner plate.

Websites like Stickk.com allow users to set a personal goal such as losing weight or exercising a certain amount per day. If you’re not successful, your money will be sent to a charity, an anti-charity (one you don’t like), or a friend/family member.

It’s often said that your weight and body shape is determined 10 per cent by genetics, 20 per cent by working out, and a whopping 70 per cent by what you eat.

Recently, minimalist shoes have become extremely popular. The belief is that with little between your feet and the ground, your running style will improve. These shoes are designed to make you run slower, which gives you a better workout but can also be hard on your joints and feet.

The tofu in this dessert shouldn’t scare you; it’s not only an ingredient used in savoury dishes, and this sweet treat is sure to please. And don’t tell your friends it’s healthy—between the cheesecake’s creamy texture and light lemony taste, they’ll never know!

Not only were my new yoga-mates highly attractive stay-at-home moms and gorgeous fitness-crazed men, the instructor was the fittest, most beautiful woman I had ever seen in a sports bra. It was at that moment I knew I wanted to become an instructor.

Strength training not only improves your body’s shape, but it also increases your energy [and improves] your posture, your power output, and your confidence! By adding weights to your fitness routine, you burn a surprising amount of calories, while shaping out your shoulders, your midsection, and your lower half as well.

“I’m very comfortable with my personality and my sexuality,” he would tell me later. “No subject is taboo to me.”

Occasionally an event occurs that can turn life upside down. Whether it’s an illness, divorce, or the death of a loved one, tragedies outside of our control happen, often when we least expect them.

Although these seem to be obvious qualities anyone would want from a partner, it isn’t always easy to identify whether or not they are lacking when you’re blinded by emotion. Sara Quinton* is a U of O student who was in an unhealthy relationship. She didn’t recognize the negative aspects of her relationship until her after partner broke up with her.

“But it’s in a way that doesn’t really help to resolve the issues. It’s more of a one-way interaction where they may gain more knowledge on an issue, maybe there’s a donation involved to a local charity—which of course I’m not minimizing—but it doesn’t do anything to address any of the root causes of the issues.”

Among the general population, voluntourism has a positive connotation in the sense that rather than just having fun, people are also making an effort to help others. But among people who study the field or are experts in the area of international development, there’s a lot more skepticism.

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