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With Ottawa’s average annual precipitation of 940 millimetres and variably sucky and slushy weather for months of the year, I’ll admit that rain boots are a practical investment. But before you rush out to join the Hunter hordes, consider the economic and environmental costs of the brand you choose to purchase.

At the heart of musical variety is experience. To say you hate country after hearing one Taylor Swift song is simply ignorant. That would be like saying you hate ice cream after sampling one flavour of sorbet.

Also, just because you’re not kissing anyone in the near future doesn’t mean you can ignore your bad breath. When you speak up in class, it shouldn’t feel like an act of chemical warfare to those around you.

Instead of coming home and immediately checking Facebook, an aspiring writer could be finishing the rough draft of his or her future bestseller. Rather than wasting the night away on Twitter, that young person who wants to be prime minister could be reading up on world issues.

The popularity of the one scoop has exponentially increased and there seems to be no stopping it. The hairstyle is not only expanding in popularity, but also in height. Many seem to believe it has become an acceptable hair choice, but I believe it is only socially appropriate for getting sweaty at the gym and/or scaring off the male species.

Next time you’re driving, can you at least take it easy on us cyclists? All we want is to share the road in peace.

I can’t help but shake my head at the hundreds of people who waited in the sweltering heat outside of St. Mary’s Hospital to catch a first glance at a prince who will never be able to levy a tax, form a government, or declare a state of war.

Justin Dallaire | Fulcrum Contributor Hey Mother Nature, What’s the deal? Is it not the month of August? Correct me if I’m wrong, but according to our contract, you’re supposed to be mighty chipper these days. Summer is the most beautiful time of the year, provided you hold up your end of the bargain and …

Our online culture currently supports pro anorexic and bulimic behaviour—called pro-ana and pro-mia sites—and thin inspiration websites. Our society’s obsession with people’s outward appearance is harmful to our own well-being. Whatever happened to just eating right and exercising? Whatever happened to caring more about who people are on the inside than what they look like? There’s a reason eating disorders are on the rise among young people, and a lot has to do with our fat-shaming culture.

I send out the following message to those grumpy people who seem to feel entitled to complain endlessly about this bout of nasty weather: Please stop. We are all travelling on the bus with you; we all have chunks of snow dripping into our socks; if you look closely, you will see that our eyelashes are just as frozen as yours. Snow, like death, unites all people.

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