Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017

About this class

This course requires students to develop individual portfolios about contemporary issues, sharing work with increasing depth as the semester progresses.

Students write and collaobrate to develop cross-disciplinary knowledge and broaden perspectives regarding local, provincial, national, and international news. Assignments encouraging interactions with peers across campuses and borders will build broad understanding of issues in an exciting and personalized manner.  

Themes addressed during the semester involve: Journalism, Critical Thinking and Credibility of sources, Personal Voice in writing, impacts on communities of non-profits, NGOs, and socially-conscious businesses, the impact of academic research on communities, and the  possibilities of Collaboration and civic journalism in 2016.

 

Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by audreynoiseux on December 11, 2017
Over the course of the semester, I have always been particularly interested in social issues related to human rights. Specifically, most of the topics that I chose to write about were related to Aboriginals in Canada. In 2017, in the developed country we evolve in, I still cannot believe that some people are not equally given the same opportunities as the rest of the population.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by lulumgomes on December 9, 2017
Throughout the semester, I’ve focused the majority of my work on mental health, more precisely the stigma that is attached to this topic. I decided to target mental health stigma within four different main groups: Health care providers, youth, workplace and media.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Justin on December 7, 2017
Throughout the semester, most of my research as been directed towards education. This research paper with be analyzing other country’s system and our system and compare them to see what works better and what doesn’t, the goal being to find a way to make school a place where people want to be rather than being a somewhat forced thing. Instead of delving deep into statistics of one way to do it, I will go through a more general idea and talk about 3 issues and ways of fixing them.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Sarah_B on December 7, 2017
This paper demonstrates how feminism is not what a majority of people think. It gives the real and unique definition of the feminist movement and its history. Feminism did not appear out of nowhere and has a unique goal; equality. In this research paper, there are real statistics and proof on how woman are perceived less than man. There are sections about the influence that society has on the youth, the arranged marriage, the economic wage difference between a man and a woman for the same job, the rape culture and the need of men in the movement.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by billybastien on December 7, 2017
This paper demonstrates how it is possible for social entrepreneurship to play a key role in rural development. It draws links between social entrepreneurs, their work, their role in sustainable development, and how it relates to rural development. My findings suggest that social entrepreneurship can be achieved if we consider catering to the basic needs of individuals in the society first. In addition, we must find a development model that works today and does not impede, but rather create, better opportunities for tomorrow.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Gabriel M. on December 7, 2017
The goal of this assignment and research is to provide a general understanding of police brutality in America. The utmost objective of this is to give an intricate view into how the police, over the course of the years managed to acquire such force and authority, how African-Americans have not had their voices heard and are sometimes less likely to speak out due to possible repercussion by the side of police and finally to observe the solutions to a problem currently affecting millions in the United-States.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Maximum98 on December 7, 2017
Throughout the semester, I have been working on recapping news articles that have been talking about natural disasters that have been happening in North America. More specifically, I have been talking about flooding’s in Canada. This research paper will attempt to figure out what can cause these major flooding’s because, in Canada, flooding’s are the number 1 natural disaster and it is needed for us to know what can cause this so we can attempt to find solutions to prevent these from happening.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by boi on December 7, 2017
the goal of my article was to find out the leading causes of the stock market crash, the current state of the economy and how it can be prevented aagain. I began by talking about the deregulation of the market starting in 1980 which facilitated the practices that caused the crash. Then I explained the extreme market competition at the time and the different financial instruments used to increase profit by increasing the risk banks took.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Hannah on December 6, 2017
On August 19, 2017, Sarah Maisey wrote about the impacts of fashion on the environment for the National. Notably, the industry, valued at US $2.4 trillion a year, is disastrous both environmentally and in terms of workers’ health and safety.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by DeborahLaroche on December 6, 2017
On October 17th, 2016, the CBC published an article entitled “Montreal's working poor on the rise, study finds,” talking about the fact that as prices are rising, salaries are not and many people are extremely affected by this. In fact, from 2001 to 2012, the working-poor population rose 30%. It is important to understand this isa crisis for the city of Montreal, and that somethings can be done to help those in need.   

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by she2lby on November 27, 2017
Throughout this semester, there was one subject that interested me the most; it was the future of employment and the current situation for the employment industry. I have touched on a few topics involving this theme such as labour laws, unemployment, and technology advancement in the workforce. The reason why this issue intrigued me is that soon I will be entering the workforce and I was curious to find out if there will be jobs available as well as the state the work environment.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Alisoncampbell on November 7, 2017
Global News article, Video shows brutal treatment of animals at Canada Goose supplier written by Erica Alini underlines how animals are mistreated in big corporations whose products come mainly from animals. She talks specifically about the mistreatment of geese by the Canadian Goose company who uses their feathers in the jackets and real fur around the hood. In the video, viewers can see men grabbing the geese by the neck or piles of geese on top of each other inside I tiny cage trying to get out.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Nathalie on November 3, 2017
On October 24 2017, Jorge Barrera posted an article on CBC News “Health Canada Knew of Massive Gaps in First Nations Child Health Care, Documents Show: Officials Were Unprepared to Implement Changes Prescribed by Landmark Human Rights Ruling.” The article speaks of “Ottawa [discriminating] against [the] First Nation children by underfunding on-reserve child welfare services and by failing to apply

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Sarah_B on November 3, 2017
An article posted on the “Women’s Agenda”, written by Rob Sturrock, on November 1st, 2017, discuss how men can be involve in the feminist movement. Some may ignore the fact that we need males in the movement but most agree that having males by our side will only make things better. Feminists are only looking for equal rights and not superiority so why not work together?

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Reply to: Foreign part timer
3 months 4 weeks ago

Working in any shops in Japan as foreigner is not easy. I am as a foreign student have many difficulties to find some suitable jobs to do as a pert time worker. Once I founded some jobs is like a challenge for me because I have never thought that I would be working with many people who speak in Japanese. The working system and the way they are working are different, so it makes me learn something new and I really enjoy my part time job.

3 months 4 weeks ago

Whatever those are made by, natural food is number one. Japan is also known as a places that provides many delicious and healthy foods, so I think Japan does not need more various foods indeed. Modified foods actually are needed to some countries with different many aspect like, grounds, weather and many more. One thing should be developed more is technology in Japan because Japan already has good development in technology.

3 months 4 weeks ago

In my opinion computers are very helpful to support student learning anything. There are so many reasons behind why computer really needed in these days in education system. By using computer we can save more paper and flexible to do our tasks everywhere. Moreover internet is making everything easy like sending e-mail, sharing information, accessing news online and many more. So being able to operate computer is a must nowadays.

4 months 1 day ago

I agree with your opinion that computers will never win. I think computers are good tools for us and they have a high ability. However, computers do not have the ability to understand the students. This is not good for the students. Meanwhile, teachers can understand feelings of the students. They have good skills to teach students and good experiences. Also, if the students have troubles, the teachers can help them. Computers will be difficult to do it. The teachers have good points for the students. I think computers can't replace teachers. I enjoyed reading your essay. Thank you very much.

4 months 1 day ago

You are right. I felt so sad. Now, people around the world pay attention to the relationship between U.S. and Norse Korea. Especially, Japanese are cautious about Norse Korea’s missiles. If the war breaks out again near the future, the world will be destroyed easily. I hope the U.S. and Norse Korea will get along well and violence will be less in the future.

Reply to: Medical Marijuana
4 months 1 day ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

Reply to: Medical Marijuana
4 months 1 day ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

Reply to: Medical Marijuana
4 months 1 day ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

Reply to: Medical Marijuana
4 months 1 day ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

Reply to: Medical Marijuana
4 months 1 day ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

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About the author

I'm a Humanities Teacher at Champlain College, Saint-Lambert and the designer and founder of Newsactivist. Between 2007 and the present, I've developed a course, Newsactivist, which asked students to blog about the news that they felt showed parts of the world in need of improvement.