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Small Scale Hydropower

Knowledge, Society, & the Environment (1227)
By Ariane Gauthier, Alexanne Beaulieu and Mélodie Ah-Waye               Since the first villages, water has been a great source of power, from grinding flour to produce electricity. Fortunately, inventors have succeeded to create a system that would use water motion to generate power called...
Mélodie Ah-Waye

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Wind Power as a Renewable Energy Alternative

Knowledge, Society, & the Environment (1227)
Victoria Salomon and Katelyn Moffat  Here in Quebec, we are the country’s second biggest market for the renewable energy source that is wind power. Wind power comes from giant turbines whose blades catch the wind and turn, which then spins a large shaft connected to a generator. The generator is...

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Sunny House; Happy Life

Knowledge, Society, & the Environment (1227)
Sunny House; Happy Life The popularity of cost effective green houses have gained a lot of popularity in the past few years. The concept of net zero homes has risen, and suddenly possibilities of clean energy use became available to almost everyone. One of these possibilities that has become...
Frederique Laprise

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Solar Water Heaters

Knowledge, Society, & the Environment (1227)
Matthew Hill, Umrick Singh & Luka Guenette-Larocque Solar Water Heaters   As seen in the movie "Seeking the Current", solar water heaters are part of our future in terms of heating our homes. It is where energy from the sun is converted into heat to warm water using a solar thermal collector (...

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Surroundings and evolution shape human sight, smell and taste

Nathan St-Fé's Class
The article I had the pleasure of reading indicates a growing problem caused by our current surroundings and the human race’s evolution. In fact, our ancestors spent most of their time in the outdoors and with the large presence of fresh air and natural lighting, their senses developed in a healthy...

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Should we delete bad history?

Democracy & Cultural Diversity F2017
Tim Fontaine writes an article called “destroying personal accounts of residential schools would just compound the tragedy.” The author states that books give facts, but the accounts of each child that attended residential school have a story. Fontaine said that it’s sad to see the Supreme Court...

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Net-Zero Homes : Green way of Housing

Knowledge, Society, & the Environment (1227)
Net zero homes are custom made homes that produce as much energy as they consume, or even more, on an annual basis. It is an intelligent design that combines different renewable energy producers, as geothermal, solar, wind, hydro, etc. Using the adequate combination of theses, based on your house...

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Aleks c'est toi?

Langue française et culture
Ce texte est un texte fictif. La Morale, c'est de toujours suivre tes passions et toujours tenir a ce que tu aimes. Aleks, C’est toi? Je me réveille sur ce beau matin du 15 Aout, avec les belles couleurs au ciel qui était au-dessus de Montréal. Aujourd’hui c’est notre 5e anniversaire que Jeanne et...

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The Controversial Bill 62

Democracy & Cultural Diversity F2017
The news article “Toronto students reconsider Quebec universities after Bill 62” expresses how Bill 62 is forcing many students to re-evaluate getting an education in the province of Quebec. This new law prohibits people who wear face coverings from receiving any sort of public service, whether it...

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Temperature vs. sleep

Nathan St-Fé's Class
Carla Schaffer wrote an article in which she talks about disturbed sleep: Climbing Temperatures Are Keeping People Awake at Night. According to the research published in the 26 May issue of Science Advances, our sleep may be disturbed when the night temperatures are unusually high. In fact, even...

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Three NFL players Kneel During Veterans Day.

Democracy & Cultural Diversity F2017
Since the beginning of the 2017 NFL season, many players have either knelt, sat or raised a fist during the American National anthem. Raising controversy around the country. However with the recent celebration of Veterans Day, fewer NFL players have protested during the national anthem. The NFL player association argued and asked the players in order to honor the veterans. Even players such as, Michael Bennett, who has been protesting since the beginning stood during the anthems. However there were three players who still knelt despite the occasion.

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Gender Wage Gap Disparities

Democracy & Cultural Diversity F2017
The article “The gender pay gap” published on The Economist explores the pay disparities between men and women. It is difficult for women to even find jobs because of what they call the “motherhood penalty”. Many employers will not hire a woman if she is planning on having children because than she will need to take time off and possibly afterwards reduce her hours of work to care for her child. Meghan, who always wanted to be a mother, worked hard in school to achieve a good career for her future.

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Atmospheric pollution

World of Cities
Recently, there was an alert in Montreal, raised by Environment Canada, regarding air quality. The air was severely affected, to a point where there was a possibility of smog. This smog is caused by an elevated level of pollution. According to Développement durable, Environnement et Lutte contre les changements climatiques, a smog is a yellowish haze from a mixture of air pollutants that limits visibility in the atmosphere.
Béatrice Provençal

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Would You Go Skiing on a Mountain Built on Indigenous Ground against their Will?

Democracy & Cultural Diversity F2017
The Supreme Court of Canada decided to accept the construction of a ski resort in British Columbia even though First Nations claim it is a sacred land for them. The judge supported the explanation that the Charter right to freedom of religion does not have to protect the “focal point” of the worship, but the worship itself. The project has been an issue for 26 years, but it was not accepted until just now. The place in question is called Jumbo Valley and it is considered sacred by the Ktunaxa Nation.

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Should there be limitations on free speech?

Democracy & Cultural Diversity F2017
Candice Malcolm, writer of news article “Our free speech is already under attack”, believes that freedom of speech is essential for a free society. She says it is not only about sharing oppositions to opinions you don’t agree with, rather, it’s purpose is to civilly debate with others on subjects including those we do not agree with. Debates are learning experiences, they expose people to different perspectives other than their own. Moreover, Canadians are united by the ability to take criticism from others and through the understanding of opposing views.

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The Capital Punishment Dilemma

Democracy & Cultural Diversity F2017
The article “Capital Punishment” written by Paul Gendreau and Wayne Renke explores the road to the death penalty abolition in Canada. In 1749, Peter Cartcel, a sailor, was hanged two days after his conviction for killing a man. Later, Robert Bickerdike, a Member of Parliament proposed a private bill suggesting the abolishment of capital punishment; it was rejected. The last two executed in Canada were Robert Turpin and Arthur Lucas in 1962.

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Melting of the Ice Glaciers

Management of Biosphysical Environment 2017
CBC News discusses the concern of climate change in its column Technology and Science through an article written on February 20, 2017 regarding the concern of the rapidly melting ice glaciers. It is believed that the melting of these glaciers in the North will have many environmental effects on habitats in and around that region.

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Anti–fascism & anti–racism rallies in Florida

Democracy & Cultural Diversity F2017
Around the World, multiple events occur daily, many of which either positively affects democracy and diversity or affects them negatively, in Florida, such an event recently took place. About one month ago, anti-fascist activists started marching and rallying against Richard Spencer on the University of Florida, an estimated number of 1,000 people joined in the march (Strickland, 2017).

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Marital Rape in India, the Debate

Democracy & Cultural Diversity F2017
Marital rape has been criminalised in most of the world since the 20th century, except for India. The article, “The marital rape debate” exhibits the very common issue of sexual abuse. Marital rape is when a spouse forces non consensual intercoarse upon their partner. Right now, domestic violence is considered a crime, thus, debate arose on if domestic sexual abuse should be punishable by law in India.

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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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