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Pittsburgh, but not the World

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
Source of the image Since Donald Trump entered the office, many American policies radically changed. On June 1st, President Trump announced that the United States will leave the Paris Agreement, as the article written by Michael D. Shear and published the same day “Trump Will Withdraw U.S. From...
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Ontario’s wicked hydro problem

Management of Biosphysical Environment 2017
Ontario’s wicked hydro problem Ontario’s electricity has been a hot topic for years as it continues to pay the highest price for hydro nation-wide. According to a study conducted by the Fraser Institute, in the last decade Ontario’s electricity costs have risen 71% - a significant growth in...
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'Food for Thought' - Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture and Food Security in Canada

Management of Biosphysical Environment 2017
  As temperatures across the globe continue to rise, the severity of droughts and floods has also continued to escalate. While global warming is expected to result in crop failures in many parts of the world, Canadians may see something different: agricultural expansion.    A recent article written...
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Canada: A Contradiction in the Making

Management of Biosphysical Environment 2017
As the world continues to adjust to a low-carbon way of life, Canada will continue to extract and ship an abundance of oil resources. Yes, you read that statement correctly; after investing in ‘green’ forms of technology and implementing a series of carbon taxes, Jim Carr, the current Minister of...
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Gambling with Caribou

Management of Biosphysical Environment 2017
     Gambling with caribou is risky business. Weighing the odds in natural resources management, the federal government is dealing with the risk of caribou extinction and criticism from the forestry industry.  Protecting the natural habitat of caribou ranges and mitigating the impacts of human...
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What purpose does film serve in the history classroom or in the telling of history?

Film and Modern History (Fall 2017)
For me personally, film can serve as a major tool in learning or telling history in a classroom setting. There are things lectures and slideshows are simply incapable of accomplishing that a film can accomplish on a regular basis. The first film that comes to mind that backs up this claim is Waltz...
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Mining and Undermining: The Legitimacy of the UK Government in Pursuing Fracking

Management of Biosphysical Environment 2017
  In 2016, the UK government overturned a decision made by Lancashire County Council (LCC) to reject proposals made by Cuadrilla to frack for shale gas in a site near Blackpool. However, the Guardian reports that on the 27th of July 2017, Cuadrilla broke planning permissions by delivering a...
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Homelessness in New York City

World of Cities
This article discusses the problem of homelessness in New York City and outlines a few solutions.   New York City has a growing homelessness problem. It has reached its highest level since the 1930s with around one in every 135 adults being homeless. Around 130 thousand people are currently...
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40 millions pour illuminer le pont Jacques-Cartier … est-ce logique?

Centennial College - Français de base
Croyez vous que dépenser 40,000,000 dollars sur des lumières pour illuminer le pont Jacques cartiers c'est un bon investissement ou non ? L'honneur de 375e anniversaire de Montréal et le 150e de la fondation du Canada, il a été de penser $40,000,000 pour les luminaire pour l'année de la ville....
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Blog Post 1 "Waltz for Bashir."

Film and Modern History (Fall 2017)
2. A number of the films deal with issues of authorship and whose voice should be used in telling a story. Whose stories are being told in films (or in a specific film) we watched in class? Who should tell these stories?  As far as who should tell a story, I think the authorship all really depends...
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What will be the future of Adelie Penguins?

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
The news article “Penguins die in 'catastrophic' Antarctic breeding season” by BBC talks about a tragic incident that is happening in the Arctic due to global warming. It was reported that “all but two Adelie penguin chicks starved to death” due to the high amount of ice that appeared late in the season and as a result, the chicks could not find food to eat. The adults did survive as they are better prepared and are able to walk further in order to find food for themselves.
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The Book of Support

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
On October 17 2017, Gabriel Olawale published an article, “Childhood Cancer: Our Pain as Mothers”, about Nigerian mothers recounting their child's’ story of battling cancer at the book launch of “Childhood Cancer Handbook Series” by The Dorcas Cancer Foundation. In Nigeria, there is a lag in the care for those diagnosed with cancer. According to Dr.
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Want to Help Raise Awareness for Mental Health?

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
A lot of stigma is attached to the term “mental health”, somehow when it comes to mental illness, society loses all empathy towards sufferers. However, mental health is as important as physical health and we must stop stigmatizing this disease and stop diminishing the people affected by it.
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Environmental organizations

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
        As the climate continues to change, more and more people are concerned about the future and they are encouraged to take action and try to improve the environment. On October 15, 2017, there was a Zero Waste Festival where 50 exhibitors sold “Zero Waste” items like clothes, food, and cosmetics. 3,700 people attended this festival and learned about this ideology and how they could implement it in their own lives. Many organizations are created for the purpose of taking action and improving the environment we live in.
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5 Unique Diwali Gifts Ideas for This festive Season

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Will human rights always be considered obstacles for industries?

Management of Biosphysical Environment 2017
This isn’t the first time, and certainly won’t be the last time that Indigenous rights are downplayed by large industries. In recent conflict between Indigenous peoples and governments and oil companies, stands the Secwepemc Nation of central British Columbia (B.C.) in one corner and the federal government and Kinder Morgan, a large energy infrastructure company in North America, in the other. The Indigenous people have the support of the recently elected NDP party of B.C., along with other Indigenous communities located in B.C.
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Quebec School Drop Rate: Help Kids With School

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
n a previous post, the drop rate of Quebec's schools was adressed, and it was obvious that something is off with our system. As many causes were identified, one of them for sure is that school doesnt stimulate the interrest from kids/teenagers. This organization wants to help the development of children both with school and life, with free help for basic needs, interactive games to help learning, and provide healthcare.
Justin

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Quebec School Drop Rate: Help Kids With School

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
In a previous post, the drop rate of Quebec's schools was adressed, and it was obvious that something is off with our system. As many causes were identified, one of them for sure is that school doesnt stimulate the interrest from kids/teenagers. This organization aims to break isolation and help giving a better quality of life to kids who go to school in a more deprived environment.  La Maison Des Familles:  maisondesfamilles.ca  
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Quebec School Drop Rate: Help Kids With School

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
In a previous post, the drop rate of Quebec's schools was adressed, and it was obvious that something is off with our system. As many causes were identified, one of them for sure is that school doesnt stimulate the interrest from kids/teenagers. In this post, there will be a link to an organization for volunteer work, to help kids with their homework and participation in school.   Atelier850: http://atelier850.ca/  
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When I tell people I am volunteering to help the environment, one of two reactions occur. Either they fully support me and encourage me or they tell me in despair that they don’t believe my actions will do much good in the grand scheme of things. The weird thing is, no one seems to be opposed to the idea of being environmentally conscious.

This semester, I have had two main volunteer projects ongoing. The first was the collection of signatures for a petition that aims to preserve biodiversity. The second was to help the plight of the monarch butterfly which is facing extinction.


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