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Equal access, equal rights: the state of abortion access in Canada


In 1988, Henry Morgentaler, an active pro-choice doctor, challenged Canada’s abortion restrictions in the Supreme Court of Canada, where they were found to be unconstitutional. A year later, another case was brought to the Supreme Court in regards to fetal rights after a man tried to get an injunction to stop his ex-girlfriend from getting an abortion (Tremblay v. Daigle). The ruling declared that a fetus has no legal status in Canada as a person, in both Canadian common law and Quebec civil law.

Cuba is trapped in the past: some facts about the Caribbean communist nation


Travelling to Cuba is a lot like going back to the 1960s. Time seems to have stalled in this era, as seen in the bright paint jobs and classic builds of the cars on the street. Even the prices seem from a previous decade. A 26-ounce bottle of white Havana Club Rum costs 3.80 Cuban pesos, roughly $4. People could drink the bottle — the entire bottle — and get behind the wheel, facing only a ticket for impaired driving and a slap on the wrist.

Don’t get tied up by misconceptions: queer sex, fetishes, and kink are everywhere


Fetish, kink, freak — whatever you call it, and whatever you feel about it — is actually everywhere. Permeating our physical bodies, punctuating our pleasures and playing a real part in the power dynamics all around us, kinkiness remains as primal and passionate as we allow it to be — despite science, institutional and social expectations’ attempts to demoralize and shame it out of us.

The ins and outs of hooking up: casual encounters are crafting a new campus relationship culture


A study presented at the American Psychological Association Symposium in 2000 stated that 87 per cent of college students report having “hooked up.” The vague term describes the type of encounters that have been replacing traditional dating on university campuses over the recent decades. The Fulcrum sat down with experts and students to learn why dating is out and hooking up is in.

Thirsty: first-person account of the real risks of overhydration and water poisoning


"You are suffering from overhydration,” Dr. Wayne Smith said, running a hand through his greying hair. “You are drinking so much water that it is becoming like a poison in your body.” I stared at him in disbelief. Beside me sat my metal water bottle, its flower pattern chipping from overuse. My tongue felt like sandpaper and I wanted nothing more than to take a gulp from it. But, from that moment on, it was no longer an option.

The Sheaf’s predictions for the 84th Annual Academy Awards


Need some help predicting this year’s Oscar winners? The Sheaf has you covered. Oscar prognosticators Aren Bergstrom and Colin Gibbings both give their picks on who will win at the 84th Academy Awards. So take notes and get ready to win that Oscar pool come Feb. 26.

State of the arts: how arts funding affects our communities


hen Stephen Harper famously declared that "ordinary people" don't care about arts funding during the 2008 election campaign, artists and arts groups were quickly forced to prove their worth. In 2009, $45 million was cut from the federal arts budget, and not long after, the government of B.C. made serious cuts of its own. Since those serious cuts to arts funding in 2009, many artists and arts groups in B.C. have had to find innovative ways to generate money while struggling to make ends meet.

Are lectures losing it? Irrelevant and unengaging talks are sapping my productivity.


It’s 3 p.m. on a Monday and I’m sitting in my afternoon writing lecture. The professor has been reviewing Powerpoint slides for the past half-hour and my attention has inevitably slipped away from the content of the class. In one open window of my laptop, I’m brewing ideas for the paper due at the end of this week; in another, I’m editing photos for a commercial photo shoot I did over the weekend. In my busy life, this is the perfect opportunity to get some work done. I half-listen to the lecture, perking up when a question is asked.

The grad school journey: professors and students offer insight into taking the big jump at the end of your degree


The light at the end of the tunnel appears for many undergraduate students in their fourth year of study. As the month of April approaches, graduating students dream of donning gowns and tossing caps in the air in before heading off into the proverbial “real world.” For others, receiving an undergraduate degree is just the tip of the iceberg. How do professors and students — those working toward obtaining a graduate degree and those in the midst of the application process — perceive the jump to grad school?

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