How one tweet will haunt Denny Hamlin all offseason

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NOD, or NASCAR Offseason Disorder, is a term coined by @annoyingracefan on Twitter. The term was first used by the parody account online in 2014, but the use of the phrase has since become popular by all fans and even some drivers on Twitter during the winter.

Denny Hamlin, on the other hand, won’t be using that hashtag throughout his time off.

In a tweet sent last week, Hamlin expressed his disinterest in fans counting down the days to Daytona.

However, the tweet has now spiraled out of control. It became widespread even to those who don’t follow him. The tweet, which wasn’t well-received from many fans, even attracted the attention of some of his fellow competitors, including Brad Keselowski.

I think most fans understand the fact that drivers have a long season. NASCAR has one of the longest seasons of professional sports. Fans (I think) respect the fact that drivers are in need of a relaxing offseason, but that isn’t going to stop them from missing seeing racing on their TVs.

Now, to Hamlin, go ahead and enjoy your offseason. But don’t forget—only 90 days until the Daytona 500.

Meet the drivers racing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

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Championship contenders Jimmie Johnson (N0. 48) and Joey Logano (No. 22) on the pace laps at Michigan International Speedway. (Photo: Tyson Lautenschlager)

Only a few days remain until the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion is decided. Four drivers will be vying for the coveted trophy, but only one gets to take home the hardware.

Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch each have at least one championship to their credit, while title rivals Joey Logano and Carl Edwards are both racing for their first.

For one driver, a championship win on Sunday could make history.

I break down the “Championship 4” below.

https://magic.piktochart.com/embed/18157297-meet-the-drivers-racing-for-the-nascar-sprint-cup

 

Students gather at Queen’s Park to fight tuition fees

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Hundreds of post-secondary students from across the GTA protested at Queen’s Park on Wednesday to fight against high tuition fees in Ontario. (Photo: Tyson Lautenschlager)

By Tyson Lautenschlager and Zachary McGregor

Hundreds of college and university students across Toronto marched towards Queen’s Park on Wednesday with one thing in mind – getting the Ontario government to eliminate tuition fees.

The Canadian Federation of Students’ National Day of Action included more than 35 events across the country.

Gayle McFadden, a representative with the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario, was happy with the turnout at Queen’s Park.

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McFadden was proud to see so many students making their voices heard at Queen’s Park. (Photo: Tyson Lautenschlager)

“It’s been especially exciting to see folks from outside Toronto coming here to join our voices together at Queen’s Park, and literally bring free education to their doorstep,” said McFadden

McFadden says the organization has three main demands. They want the government to progressively reduce and eliminate tuition fees, convert student loans into non-repayable grants and eliminate interest from existing student loans.

“Ultimately, we’re fighting for free and accessible education for all,” said McFadden. “We believe that education is a right, and it’s a public good,” she said.

McFadden says Ontario’s high tuition fees are indebting an entire generation of students and robbing many of a post-secondary education.

Although the protest had a robust turnout, Humber’s student government is not a member of the CFS and did not participate.

In the past IGNITE has said protests such as this have no relevance to the issues Humber and University of Guelph-Humber students face.

“We are a very diverse community and the issues we face are much different than those of other college,” said Ammar Abdul-Raheem, IGNITE vice president of Student Life. Organizations such as the CFS seem to have difficulty advocating for Humber as a result of its diversity and uniqueness as an institution.

Ammar has also stated the costs associated with being a member of organizations like the CFS outweigh the benefits.

Despite IGNITE’s refusal to participate in the protest, students across the province continue to struggle paying for their education.

One George Brown College student knows she is already in a hole even before completing her schooling.

“I’m in OSAP debt already,” said Carla Rudberg. “Even before I’ve finished my education, I know I’m going to be stuck paying for this the rest of my life.”

While many college and university students felt the need to protest, they weren’t the only ones at Queen’s Park demanding free education.

“This is important because this is going to be my reality next year,” said high school student Michelle Hopkins. “When I’m choosing universities, I have to think about which ones I can afford when I should be thinking about which ones are going to make me the most beneficial person in society.”

While Premier Kathleen Wynne wasn’t present at the protest, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath was in attendance to talk with students and union leaders

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Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath talked with students and union leaders at the fight for free education (Photo: Tyson Lautenschlager)

“We’re the only party that’s been in this legislature holding the Liberals’ feet to the fire around the rising cost of tuition in this province,” said Horwath.

Ontario has the highest tuition fees in Canada and students are carrying the highest debt loads because of it she said.

“I can tell you I don’t think Patrick Brown and the Conservatives are the answer either. They’ve never asked a question that I can recall about rising tuition fees and the impact it’s having on students,” said Horwath.

Students are often forced to take two or more part-time jobs while still balancing their school work on top of that.

“My education should not cost the same as a down payment on a house,” said Paula Clark, Concurrent Education student at Lakehead University.

But this is often the reality for students paying both their tuition fees and other expenses like rent, food and textbooks.

“Ontario no longer has a public post-secondary education system, we have institutions being funded directly by the public through tuition,” Horwath said.

The CFS will continue lobbying both the provincial and federal governments to lower and eventually eliminate tuition fees.

“This is the largest Student Day of Action we’ve seen in a long time,” McFadden said.

She says students are at their breaking point. They are clearly fed up with high tuition fees, unending debt and demand better.

Where to ‘remember’ across Ontario

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Photo: Tyson Lautenschlager (2015)

Remembrance Day has been recognized in Canada since the early 1930s. It’s a day where Canadians can come together, and remember the men and women who gave their lives in the First World War to serve for their country.

Most communities in Ontario have at least one Remembrance Day ceremony. Many of Ontario’s bigger cities such as Toronto and Ottawa have several, but how is one supposed to know which Remembrance Day ceremony is best? Maybe you’re looking for something new, something unique and different. Maybe you’re looking for something traditional, or maybe you’re looking for the most popular ceremonies.

Whether you’re looking to go off the beaten path, or you just want to know where the best ceremonies are to honour Canada’s heroes, look no further.