Democracy and Cultural Diversity (Winter 2016)

Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by emmanuelledeguise on April 26, 2016
On October 17th, 2010, Brother André got canonized by Pope Benedict XVI for his miraculous acts and for his generosity.  The canonization was all over the news, at least in Quebec.  It was a great moment of pride for all French Canadians.  Since, many canonizations were done, but it has not been as exposed, except one.  Junipero Serra, a Spanish priest who was a missionary in California in the 1770’s, was canonized on September 23rd, 2015.  This canonization was more of a controversy than a cheerful event.  He founded many missions in California to colonize it and to convert First Nations I

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by andreannebou on April 19, 2016
2014, Russia. The city of Sochi gets ready for the Winter Olympics that will take place within its walls. These Olympic Games raise debate since they are the most expensive in history (Gibson “Sochi 2014”). However, the outrageous price of the Sochi Olympics is not the only controversy surrounding the events. All around the world, gay rights activists protest against the new Russian law that bans the “promotion of ‘non-traditional’ sexuality” (“Sochi 2014”). Athletes and supporters from many countries denounce what they consider an unacceptable form of discrimination.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by KW on April 14, 2016
The United States of America is a big country. With 322 million inhabitants, it is the third most inhabited country in the world. It is as well known for its diversity and immense culture. However, its population had been divided between two major political parties for more than 150 years now; the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. Even today, we can notice a major difference in the both parties’ method of approaching problems. In other words, they have different worldviews. I will be writing about the different social worldviews between the parties.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by KW on April 14, 2016
    The article 3 of the human right of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to life (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights). But what happens when someone gives up their right to live and wishes to die? The right to die is a subject that brings up a lot of controversy. An example is euthanasia which is a way to kill someone that is very sick to avoid more suffering (Euthanasia).   This text will go over the different thoughts on the practice of euthanasia on human beings.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by DanyStefan on April 14, 2016
Microchip implants in the human body were reported to be practised as far back as 1998 by Kevin Warwick, a British scientist ("Microchip Implants Closer to Reality"). Also known as an identifying integrated circuit device or RFID, it consists of a CPU in a silicate glass that is implanted in the human body to reactivate malfunctioning nerves. This CPU is connected to external data bases which contain any medical history of the patient ("Microchip Implants Closer to Reality").

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by sydneyroche on April 14, 2016
All around the world, countries set a certain age limit in order to control the consumption of alcohol of younger people.  In the United States, the minimum limit drinking age (MLDA) is 21 years old and has been that way since 1984 when Congress passed the National Minimum Age Drinking Act. Recent disagreements on possibly lowering the MLDA in the U.S. was brought up by numerous college presidents throughout the country seeking it to be reduced to 18 years of age.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by wallabies on April 14, 2016
       The implementation of religious values in the government has been a controversial topic for multicultural countries, such as Canada, because they believe that religion and politics must be divided for the people to truly live in a free society. However, in countries where the majority of citizens practice the same religion, laws are created from the basis of their religious teachings and are established for everyone to abide by.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by genevieve.asselin on April 14, 2016
A lot of cultures around the world are discriminatory towards women. The oppression of a patriarchal society resulted in sex discrimination. Too often, girls get discriminated before they see the light. Sex-selective abortions, occur when a fetus has the undesired sex. All around the world, there is demographic gap of 24 million missing girls (Sex Selective Abortion). This issue is dominant in countries of Asia as in China or India.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Anthony190best on April 14, 2016
Many people now are getting the knowledge and lessons on raping and the shooting in schools which would show that how bad it is and what can happen if you did do it in the future, which people would get scared of the result and not do it or even think of it anymore. It should be the same in adults that there is a program that shows them what could happen if they did the worst thing like a shooting at a school and killing a certain number of people or raping someone. Whihc the results are going to jail or facing serious consequences.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Anthony190best on April 14, 2016
As an official gamer myself, i would say that no we are not getting isolated of some sort we just like to be in front of our console and play when we want too unless your the actual nerd who plays 24/7 and doesnt stop. For the topic about the girls in games, i totally agree with that like you can also say that the girls are portrayed as trophies as well like in GTA you can go to the strip and see the girls and throw money and they are portrayed as toys or boy-toys which isnt good for our society and guys will think thats the right thing to do.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Anthony190best on April 14, 2016
I totally agree with what your saying about the idea of them not educating them enough because they do in the preseason keep on doing the drug tests and check everything about it and not anything about rape (or maybe a little). One way to fix it would be what you suggested by them getting women to go in and do a speech for why it is bad and what are the consequences for it and you could go to jail. Just like the case with Adrian Peterson the running back for the vikings, he raped his wife and they did suspend it for a couple of matches, why cant they do that in the NHL as well.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Andrea_C on April 13, 2016
Drones, or UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) tend to have a negative connotation due to their implication in military and spy usage, but surely we know there is much more to drones than that. Drones are used in various domains and applications such as for hurricane hunting, 3-D mapping, wildlife protection, agriculture even for search and rescue (Handwerk).

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by ma_fmartel on April 13, 2016
From someone who never had to defend his sexuality, it might be hard to figure out why Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities take so much importance into claiming their rights and equality. Legalization of LGBT marriages and unions is something relatively new, or not achieved yet, and is subject to various controversies. Resources of today, such as media, help LGBT communities to get out from the shadow, express their opinions and claim for their rights, whether news are showing LGBT people with a positive of negative connotation.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by AnnabelleBoland on March 4, 2016
With the start of the 21st century, Americans found themselves targets of negative stereotypical depictions regarding their weight struggles. The arrival of the technological era has drastically modified people’s lifestyles and daily physical activity (Cha), especially of those who live in a country whose economy is thriving. Furthermore, in 2012, a study was conducted and found that over 67.6 millions of Americans were living with obesity, in addition to many more who were defined as overweight (Cha).

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by wallabies on February 12, 2016
          Gender transition, nowadays a frequent topic due to the multiple confessions of ‘not feeling good in one's own skin', has become an issue in many countries with regard to its legalization while conforming to one's culture and beliefs. More accepted in open countries, such as America, Canada, and Australia, transsexuality is, however, a crucial matter in regions with a stricter background with tradition and religion.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by victoriab on February 10, 2016
Abortion has always been a highly controversial subject. All around the world, thoughts about the issue have been antithetic one from another, depending on which worldview is shared or not. Abortion in Paraguay for example, is illegal. However, are there any exceptions at accepting an abortion? If the pregnancy shows no considerable threat to the health of the carrier, is it ethical to refuse to perform an abortion, or should the mother have the choice?

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Andrea_C on February 10, 2016
       The increase in numbers of babies born with microcephaly in Brazil are unquestionably striking. In 2014, less than 150 cases of microcephaly were reported while, since only October of  2015, the Brazilian minister of health has reported 3450 cases of children born with an abnormally small head (n.a., Le Brésil s'attaque au virus Zika).  With the Zika virus outbreak in the region around the same period of time, a link between the Zika virus and children born with microcephaly is presently being investigated by researchers.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by genevieve.asselin on February 8, 2016
No doubts, fundamental beliefs can be a fragile subject. Some conflicts can occur when these values contrast, since our life choices are based on these values and beliefs. The attack on the satiric journal Charlie Hebdo has been really controversial. One thing is sure, both of the parties did not use the most delicate way to express their disaffection towards each other’s beliefs.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by andreannebou on February 8, 2016
            Paris, April 2011: a woman gets fined for wearing niqab (Chrisafis). She is the first Muslim woman to get stopped by the police in a public place since the ban on face covering was voted by the French senate in September 2010 (Robitaille). On that fall, France created a major controversy, being the first country in history to prohibit concealment of the face in public space. A battle between secularism of the collectivity and individual freedom of religion started then and has been going on since.

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1 month 2 weeks ago

I am shocked that Trump gives himself the right to define what “American” is and what is not. Especially knowing that he considers that “being American” includes destroying nature. But is this so surprising when it comes from him, a person who does not believe that climate change is a real thing? Additionally, as the article Conservation and Protection of Canadian’s Forest on the Canadian government’s web site claims, nation parks and protected areas are essential for the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems. This article insists on the explanation of how the protection and the conservation of our forest are important. There is many interesting information on how these particular territories are managed, but also how the non-protected forest should be seen. These territories are rich for scientific research and that is what makes a big part of our identity as Canadians. When people come for visiting our country and says they want to see our environment, in showing national parks, we can say: “That is what we are living in.” It is a national pride. It should be… Since the United States’ lands are close form Canada’s and that we are as much American as they are, I allow myself to think that national parks are as much more important for biodiversity and ecosystems as it is for us. The idea of scarifying these protected lands to the profit of coal extraction is ironic because as people know, coal energy is far from being a renewable source of energy, and far from being good for the ecosystems that are supposed to be protected. Thus, the extraction itself will destruct these lands, but the energy made of it will result in the destruction of even more territories.
Here is the link for the whole Canadian government’s article: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/canada/conservation-protection/17501

10 months 1 day ago

I appreciated your newspaper article summary as it served as an eye-opener to the problem of sexual harassment that is constantly occurring in our world. I especially liked it when you said, “It is not an occurrence that may be easily reported (if it is reported at all).” Sexual harassment is a very sensitive topic as you mentioned and it is so easy to become a victim and to feel a sense of embarrassment or shame and not want to report it. Unfortunately, my best friend has been a victim to sexual harassment as a man on a bus rubbed himself against her and inappropriately touched her without her consent. She did not know what to do in the moment. It was a feeling of disbelief that something like that happened to her and she left after without saying anything to him. Personally, I felt enraged that someone could take advantage of her and that no one seemed to have seen anything. However, the shock from that traumatic experience wore off as she was able to contact the police, but she ended up dropping the charges because as time progressed she believed it did not matter. Many victims feel this way and do not report the incidents because they feel like it would not change anything; however, I disagree. Therefore, I am so glad to have read your summary as you have provided me with information on the non-profit organization, Hollaback, where people are able to write about their experiences and how to be more cautious around others. I am definitely going to provide my friend with this new information as the experience may still be haunting her, and it can help her cope better. In addition, although I have learnt what sexual harassment is in my Criminology classes, I appreciated the fact that you gave the definition of the term as it allows people to become more aware of what exactly is happening to many people in the world.

10 months 1 week ago

I really enjoyed reading your newspaper article summary as I did not have much prior knowledge about concussions. You really emphasised the issue about awareness about concussions. It is important for individuals, especially athletes who play hockey or football, to be cautious and to make sure and check if they actually do have concussions, as you said many of them do not even realize they do. Also, you mentioned the possible damage to the brain if they go untreated and the precautionary measures being put in place to find better headgear. However, the article you used was taken from The Sports Journal, which is the journal from the United States Sports Academy. I would use a more reliable source such as The New York Times, which has an article concerning the same issue of the damages caused by concussions in athletes. This mainstream newspaper has been publishing articles since 1851 and has won 117 Pulitzer Prizes. The article that can help provide further details about concussions and their damages to athletes' brains is, "What Happened Within This Player's Skull" written by Sam Borden, Mika Grondahl, and Joe Ward. These authors are all responsible for providing reports on issues regarding athletics. This article provides the readers with a video of the impact of the brain injury, as well as a virtual diagram of the skull and what the effects are. It also presents the readers with charts on the amount of force struck on the athletes' head, which can result in brain disease. I think you will find this article very interesting as it provides more facts for your summary, as well as better general knowledge about the issue.
To access this article, consult the source below:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/09/sports/football/what-happ....

10 months 1 week ago

I was completely in shock when I read your newspaper article summary, as I had not heard of this injustice. Racism is definitely an issue in our society, and specifically in the United States. I am glad that the shooting in Florida has been brought to my attention, as I believe in justice for everybody no matter what his or her race is. I enjoyed your summary as it provided me with the important details of the incident, such as the fact that the victim told the police officer that he was unarmed, yet did not stop them from firing at him. The source you chose from was The Guardian which I believe to be a credible news source, however it was written by Amanda Hulpoch who, from my own research on LinkedIn, has only worked as a reporter for Guardian News & Media. Her main focus at this company is to write enterprise pieces about North America; however, her interests include issues pertaining to technology, health, religion, and culture. When looking for the utmost reliable source, I would recommend a mainstream newspaper company with minimal bias and whose pieces, such as in this case, be written by an individual who specializes in that area of expertise.
I found an article, which addresses the same issue you covered, from The New York Times, which I believe to be a credible news source because it has been publishing newspaper articles since 1851 and has won 117 Pulitzer Prizes, which is the most prizes won by any newspaper. The article is, "North Miami Police Officers Shoot Man Aiding Patient With Autism" written by Niraj Chokshi. The author is credible as he is the general assignment reporter at The New York Times and prior to this, he worked for The Washington Post where he was responsible for reporting state government affairs. The source provides the readers with a video of the victim explaining the whole incident, as well as a statement from the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. This content can add further detail to your summary as the story comes from the victim himself, as well as the union that wishes to come up with a solution to the issue at hand.
For further information, consult the article using the source below:
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/us/north-miami-police-officers-shoot-...

1 year 3 weeks ago

This article caught my attention and was captivating immediately after reading the title and the first sentence. This post made me think about how African-Canadians and African-Americans are still unfairly treaded even though we live in a society that doesn’t condone it but authorities such as white police officers or often accused of treating black people in a bias way. I found it very interesting that the data collected by the article has a very high percentage for each ethnic group. I was very astonished that they haven’t found a solution to fix this or that greater authorities aren’t putting a stop to this. I must agree with the fact mentioned by the author that a white suspect in a community that has predominantly black people give off a different impression than if it would be the opposite. I think this is unfair! In our class, we watch a TED talk about racial bias that white police officers often have with suspect that are black and how black people must live in fear of getting arrested for silly things. These days some white police officers have the tendency to put their guard up or become more aggressive when a black person is involved in a crime. As well as they tend to make assumption that black people are automatically guilty. We must put an end to this trend and this stereotype so they can stop living in fear!

1 year 3 weeks ago

This article caught my attention and was captivating immediately after reading the title and the first sentence. This post made me think about how African-Canadians and African-Americans are still unfairly treaded even though we live in a society that doesn’t condone it but authorities such as white police officers or often accused of treating black people in a bias way. I found it very interesting that the data collected by the article has a very high percentage for each ethnic group. I was very astonished that they haven’t found a solution to fix this or that greater authorities aren’t putting a stop to this. I must agree with the fact mentioned by the author that a white suspect in a community that has predominantly black people give off a different impression than if it would be the opposite. I think this is unfair! In our class, we watch a TED talk about racial bias that white police officers often have with suspect that are black and how black people must live in fear of getting arrested for silly things. These days some white police officers have the tendency to put their guard up or become more aggressive when a black person is involved in a crime. As well as they tend to make assumption that black people are automatically guilty. We must put an end to this trend and this stereotype so they can stop living in fear!

1 year 2 months ago

The post “Ending Terrorism in America” made me think about an issue I hadn’t considered before and didn’t realize the magnitude of the problem. I was also surprised that the United-States didn’t start preventing these terrorist attacks from the beginning and still haven’t found to this day a solution to prevent these attacks that they have been dealing with. When you mentioned that the terrorists were Muslim it made me think about how some people are labeling Muslims as terrorist. In our class we are taught a lot about stereotypes. A popular stereotype among Muslims is that they are continuously labeled by certain people as being terrorist because of events such as 9/11 and the Boston Bombing. We have also talked in class about the fact that after 9/11 in particular a large number of people started associating Muslims with terrorism which is completely wrong in my opinion and is totally generalizing and making assumptions that all Muslims are terrorist. I do not agree with you that the United-States should temporarily ban Muslims from entering their country and I also don’t think it will prevent terrorist attacks from happening. In my opinion that may cause an unnecessary issue between countries that are Muslim and the United- States.

1 year 2 months ago

Very interesting subject, well organized article, well written, I only have positive comments regarding this incredible article. Orcas kept in captivity is also a subjects that touches me and I find it disgusting that Sea World uses these gigantic and impressive creatures as a mean to an end in order to make money over their unhappiness. These animals are tortured every single second of their existence. They should be swimming in the vast ocean with their families not in small tanks that are making them mad and crazy. However, what do you think of animal kept in zoos? Could you compare it with orca’s kept in captivity?

1 year 2 months ago

This is a very taught provoking article that caught my attention because of the interesting issue that you treated and how you organized your article. White supremacy and racism is extremely present in our modern society, mostly in the United States. I believe that human beings are all equal and that putting one race above the others in order to be and feel more powerful, is unethically wrong. Black lives do matter and police brutality towards black people should not occur in 2016. We all matter, regardless of our nationality, religion or skin colour, because at the end, we are all the same. Equality is something that should be given to all of us. However, if the situation was inverted, do you think black policeman would practise racism over white people because of all the power they would obtain?

1 year 2 months ago

The quality of your post is impressive. Evoking title, good structure, interesting subject… You post gives a really good perspective of how the meat industry is killing our environment.
I also believe that the meat industry as gone too far and that it has negative impacts on our environment, but also on humans. Animals are killed brutally in order to satisfy our needs which is cruel. And thousands of human beings are obligated to work in insoluble work places in order to satisfy their basic needs. Should we impose these non-ethical conditions to our people as a society? However, I am also not a vegetarian, but I do not consume meat everyday and I try to eat aliments that are cruelty free, which is hard to find. I believe that if people try to consume just a little less meat, it would be an amazing thing and a right ethical choice. But do you think we could actually change the habits of our society?

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