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A look at College student spending

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Got memes?

We've stumbled across another brilliant meme blog! "TO Poli Wonk Ryan Gosling" combines photos of actor and Toronto resident Ryan Gosling - in case the title didn't give it away - and statements about Toronto's transit system.

Earlier this year, a few members of the OOHLALA team (at least the ladies) couldn't get enough of "Kate Middleton for the Win," especially as it invited readers to submit their own takes on the Duchess-to-be.

While this is clearly not breaking news about the worlds of student life or technology, meme blogs sure are a good way to procrastinate from those essays.

Want to know more? Check out: knowyourmeme.com





Quebec: not quite so 'belle' for students?

Thousands of students in Quebec took to the streets on Thursday to protest tuition fee hikes. Union members and social activists joined students for the massive demonstration in response to the provincial government's plan to raise fees by more than $1600 over the next five years.

Earlier this week, over 200,000 Quebec students voted in favour of boycotting classes at universities and CEGEP schools across Montreal. By Thursday afternoon, tens of thousands marched towards Premier Jean Charest's downtown Montreal offices.

Although the hike is a significant increase for Quebec students, fees have remained largely static in the province for the past 40 years. Premier Charest is also attempting to placate protesters with the reassurance that Quebec's fees will remain the lowest in Canada.

Both students and the government find themselves at a difficult crossroads between ensuring access to post secondary education and maintaining its sustainability.

If nothing else, thousands of Quebec students are taking a stand - and taking to the streets - for something they believe in. That passion, especially coming from today's youth - who are so often criticised for being entitled, apathetic couch potatoes - is laudable.

What do you think: are Quebec students fighting for a worthy cause, or are they simply ignoring unavoidable economic realities?

It’s the final countdown!

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T-minus 12 hours until Founder Fuel’s inaugural Demo Day is officially underway. With more than 400 attendees registered for the event, the OOHLALA team is a mix of sheer excitement and jittery nerves.

After 12 weeks of preparation - including countless hours of fine-tuning, rehearsals and a few too many cups of coffee - we’re finally ready to present the latest version of OOHLALA mobile to investors, Angels, Founders and the entire Montreal startup community.

Wish us luck!

Burn, baby, burn

With Halloween gone for another year, you might have packed your masks (since we all have a collection of masks, right?) away for another year. But across the pond, there's still another more excuse to don one: Guy Fawkes Day.

Just in case you never saw V for Vendetta - and if you haven't, I suggest you do, if only to see Natalie Portman with a shaved head - Guy Fawkes was an English Catholic who took a crack at blowing up the Parliament buildings in London way back in 1605 and was subsequently beheaded in 1606. Ever since, Britons have been lighting bonfires - like these kids above - on November 5 in celebration of the escape of King James I from the assassination attempt.

Four hundred years later, Guy Fawkes has become a symbol of sorts for all things rebellion; the current Occupy protests are a case in point. But history lessons aside, we really just love a good ol' bonfire, and wanted to wish you all a very happy Guy Fawkes Day!

Photo courtesy of The National Library of Wales/Flickr

How do you give?

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There’s been a lot of talk about giving these days.

In this past weekend’s Globe and Mail, writer John Allemang shone the spotlight on 12 individuals who are transforming the nature of philanthropy in Canada.

Political junkies out there might have noticed talk this week on Parliament Hill about reforming the way government supports charities. And, of course, for all you gents - and maybe even some crafty ladies - it’s time to bring back the ‘stache for Movember (or as I like to call it, the “Month to Rival Tom Selek for Greatest Moustache Ever”).  In 2010 alone, Canadians raised over $22 million in support of ‘mo-sporting men and prostate cancer awareness.

But giving back to the community, at least in monetary ways, can be difficult for students. Often it’s a strain simply to juggle living expenses with tuition fees, pricey textbooks and an attempt at a social life.

Luckily, ways to engage with charities can sometimes be found right in the palm of your hand. The development of mobile apps for charities has is quickly proliferating with such popular apps as the “Wage Calculator” from One Day’s Wages, and the Salvation Army’s “Bellringer.”

And if you like to keep it old school and roll up your sleeves for some charity work, food bank season is in full swing.

Giving back….what do you think?