World of Cities

About this class

The aim of the course is to ask how and why cities grow, where humans choose to live, and to look at the evolution of “place” over time.

Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by artembatutin on November 28, 2017
Montreal is a city with a dense population of 1.74M people.This fact is astonishing concidering its location: an island. At its origin, the city was build as a trading outpost. History aside, we don't sail boats anymore to go work. How are we able to conclude a sustainable solution for transportation?

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Béatrice Provençal on November 21, 2017
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.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Charles Martel on November 11, 2017
By: Charles Martel, Sofiya Taver and Anthony Patulli The issue chosen is e-waste pollution, the environmental damages caused by electronic debris. About 20 to 50 million tons of e-waste is generated every year throught the world with a significant portion of it being exported to UK shores and China to be recuperated and transformed. This crude and long process leaves time for persistent and harmful pollutants to be released continuously from the these large heaps of heavy metals, leaving many areas unbreathable. 

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by XavierGagnon on November 10, 2017
By: Xavier-Rowan Gagnon, Dorin Popa, Simon-Pierre Dupuis The Issue:

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Igman on November 9, 2017
Environmental Issue Our project is aimed at eliminating incorrect sorting of waste in cities. More specifically, its goal is to diminish the use of garbage cans as the universal waste bins and instead, encourage people to recycle and compost as often as they can. Solution Our approach to this problem is to fabricate stickers that we will put on municipal garbage cans all over Saint-Lambert and that will make people reflect on whether or not what they are disposing of belongs in the trash.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by AnLuu on November 9, 2017
In order to diminish our environmental footprint, we have decided to implement plants around Champlain college to improve the air quality that will at the same time socially sustainable.  

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Sandrine Bédard on November 9, 2017
A.      Choose an urban environmental issue in your community The issue chosen is the colony collapse disorder (CCD) in pollinators, more precisely, bees.   B.      Justify your choice through describing its impact

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by xmorand on November 9, 2017
Domestic waste is a huge environmental issue all around the world, but according to an article by Radio-Canada called, “Où produit-on le plus de déchets? La réponse en carte” (2016), Canada is one of the countries that produces the most domestic waste per person per day. The worldwide average of waste per person per day is of 1.2kg (which is already huge), and Canada is way above that average according to the map attached to this article.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by chloebenko on November 8, 2017
Since the past centuries, many animals have gone extinct. Today, we are facing an alarming extinction of pollinators, especially of the honeybee population. The consequences of this extinction are very significant to human survival since they play an essential role in our food chain. Honeybees are the main actors responsible for the pollination of our flowers, fruits and vegetables. The majority of human food crops that supply the world's nutrition are pollinated by bees.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by SunnyDeng on November 8, 2017
In an article on sciencing, John Newton (2017) explains that the space needed to create a landfill site destroys the homes of many species, as well as pollutes the water in the ground and the quality of the soil around the site. Not to mention the degradation of the health of those who lives near those sites. Plus, he explains how it generates methane gas which is a known greenhouse gas that does more damage to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. In other words, it can exponentially speed up climate change.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by tanguaymarilou on November 7, 2017
In Mont-Saint-Hilaire, an important urban environmental issue is the lack of incentive parking which discourages people to take public transport, in particular buses. According to CITVR, they are only two main incentive parking lots in Mont-Saint-Hilaire. However, one of them, the biggest, which counts 837 places, is almost only used by people taking the train. The remaining places are used for intern taxi-buses: they are almost not used by any citizens.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by nicolas_bernier on October 16, 2017
In the article “How Urban Design Perpetuates Racial In equality- And What We Can Do About It” by Diana Budds it is discussed that cities are shaped by the people who plan them. For centuries, in the United States of America, these people where mostly racist and discriminatory. Urban policies like the Housing Act of 1949, passed by congress, helped forge more divisions in various cities. Laws like these helped push slum dwellers out of their homes and on to the streets. Another gravily dividing factor is public transportation and access to it.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by William Comtois on October 10, 2017
Gentrification has become a rising issue in diverse parts of the world, this issue is of serious matter as it causes increase in rent for residents who might not be able to afford it. There’s also more to gentrification, on a cultural level, gentrification is also responsible for destruction of buildings which are important to a neighbourhood’s history. In Valerie Vande Pannes article “How Harlem residents found a unique way to fight gentrification” posted on Salon, shows a detailed overview of the causes & effects and ways to fight gentrification in New York City’s East Harlem.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by artembatutin on October 10, 2017
In the article “Want to be green? Forget mass transit. Work at home”, we shall discuss about one of the biggest environmental problem caused by major cities. As we all know, big cities build up big traffic, without doubt. We can observe this phenomena in our local city: Montreal. You may ask yourself: “Expanding highway routes will probably resolve this issue?”. This is wrong, take Los Angeles as an example. You may be surprised because a major city with routes expanding up to eight lanes still have transit issues. As you build more roads, more cars will travel on them.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Igman on October 8, 2017
The article ‘’Air pollution rising at an 'alarming rate' in world's cities’’ written by John Vidal describes the growing phenomenon in cities all around the world that is air pollution. Through the use of datas and quotations, the author of this article shows that air pollution is a phenomenon that is growing worldwide and that it is truly detrimental to our cities.  In the past five years, according to recent studies, air pollution has globally increased by 8%.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by MahroshKhan on October 7, 2017
The article “India’s coming urban mega crisis” by R. Srinivasan, discusses the urban challenges due the rapid arrival of large amounts of people from rural areas to cities. The goal of the article is to direct attention to this urban expansion that the country is not prepared for. The author's arguments are supported by numerous polls and statistics illustrating the recent growth of the population and of the number of cities. On the whole, the article explains how many citizens come to search for economic opportunities and better conditions in urban areas.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Émilie Saucier on October 6, 2017
As of right now, Britain is part of the European Union, but it is expected to leave it soon. This would have consequences in Northern Ireland which is part of the united kingdom. A separation would mean for them that they would need a real border separating Northern Ireland from Ireland. Which would mean that they couldn't rely as much anymore on them on aspects such as economical and agricultural. Also imposing a border would be very difficult and costly since about 300 roads are crossing the border.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Émilie Saucier on October 6, 2017
As of right now, Britain is part of the European Union, but it is expected to leave it soon. This would have consequences in Northern Ireland which is part of the united kingdom. A separation would mean for them that they would need a real border separating Northern Ireland from Ireland. Which would mean that they couldn't rely as much anymore on them on aspects such as economical and agricultural. Also imposing a border would be very difficult and costly since about 300 roads are crossing the border.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by tonytulli on October 5, 2017
This article talks about groups formed within Winnipeg’s North End indigenous community that are trying to bring back peace and safety in their neighbourhoods by their own means  

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by annemabellavance on December 20, 2017
Collège Mérici
What is a balanced life? Do you live a balanced life? Well, having a balanced life is about tasting a little bit of everything. For example, living in peace and harmony everyday. Balance comes in physical forms, emotional forms and spiritual forms. Being in a balance may mean something different to each individual. For me, having a balanced life means that I have to see my friends, maintain my relationship with my boyfriend, make time for my family and of course, being active on a regular basis.

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by Lolo98 on December 19, 2017
Collège Mérici
Do animals experience happiness?   Some people do think that animals can feel emotions and some do not. They may act like they do feel happiness, but are they able to feel it? This question will be studied to be able to see more clearly.

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by coraliedallaire on December 19, 2017
Collège Mérici
  As we all know, the end of semester is a period where students are overloaded by exams and projects so their level of stress and fatigue is high. It is hard to stay focused when you do not have enough energy and sleep. This is a period where we have a lot of things to do at the same time and it is hard to manage everything. There are many bad consequences of stress because it inhibits our ability to perform as well as we would otherwise could. Eating properly can help reduce the stress.[1]  

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by boum5470 on December 18, 2017
Collège Mérici
Our main goal for our action research project was to reduce the students of Mérici's stress level due to the final exams of the semester. Stress can be a factor that reduces one's happiness, and we knew the end of the semester was a stressful time for the majority of the students. We then considered the health factor, since it can also lead to happiness: what is healthy, easy to consume in a matter of seconds, and makes others happy? That is when we came to the conclusion that the smoothies would be a wonderful idea.

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by coraliedallaire on December 18, 2017
Collège Mérici
As we all know, Christmas is coming really fast and this time of year can be really stressful but at the same time so beautiful, we need to spread joy and happiness around us. Some people do not have the chance to celebrate Christmas however being generous by giving some second-hand, unwanted toys or just doing a generous action for someone in need can be a good way to be happy and make others happy too.  

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by boum5470 on December 18, 2017
Collège Mérici
Sustainable Happiness Portfolio: Activity 7                 Marie-Jeanne Boudreau Does money buy happiness? 
 It is a question that has been asked for many years now, and yet, many people do not come up with the same answers on the subject. That is mainly due to the fact that people have different views on money and on how it can be beneficial in the long run.

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by Jadestab123 on December 18, 2017
Collège Mérici
 Le prix du bonheur

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by m_bordel on December 15, 2017
Collège Mérici
Pay attention to your E-waste!

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by florence.delage on December 15, 2017
Collège Mérici
Many societies, especially western societies, worry more and more about animals’ rights. Animals have the right to live free from harm in many countries in Canada, but can they tell the difference? In order words, do animals have the capacity to be happy? It is important to consider if farm animals, wild animals and domestic animals can be happy and how.  

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by aurelie on December 15, 2017
Collège Mérici
  Does money buy happiness?    

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by marie-plesieur on December 15, 2017
Collège Mérici
  Just think about people who win the lottery. In an instant, their everyday life changes completely and they might believe their well-being will change for the best. Nevertheless, certain studies demonstrate that life does not become ideal when winning the lottery. In fact, it appears that it is the contrary; people take the risk of becoming heavily indebted, plus, family and friends might start taking advantage of their wealth. Consequently, does money truly buy happiness (Norton, n.d.)?

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by Mathpou on December 4, 2017
Collège Mérici
There are all types of students circulating in the school's classes. Some studies in natural sciences to become a future doctor, some perform in a precise environment to help people in need and some change from a program to another waiting to know what passionate them. Despite the fact that every student in different, they all share a common characteristic; they pass through the famous end of session's rush. In this period, more than 45% of the students present anxiety symptoms. This sound alarming an unwealthy for a future generation.

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by Best Hotel in Europe on November 30, 2017
College Lafleche
We are students in the Hotel and Restaurant Management Program at College Lafleche. Throughout our course "Business English 2" we have completed 3 professional workshops wherein we evaluated real businesses and then came up with real suggestions and solutions which we might offer them if they were our clients. For this 4th workshop, our task was to evaluate the Best Hotel in Europe, which is a not-for-profit sanctuary for refugees which operates in Greece. This refuge is situated in an old hotel which had been abandoned, and we were excited to work on this project because They are doing great work for the international community, but with the right partners, they could do even more! Our task was to research the company and produce the following documents: Documents: 1. A rebranding package: logo, mission statement, slogan(s) and anything else that you may think useful. 2. A list of potential parent companies and a brief description of why they may be interested, and in which capacity they may be interested (buy/sponsor/partner). This part must be as realistic as possible and include real statistics and facts. 3. A SWOT analysis for 1 of those potential partners 4. A slideshow that presents the basic concept, key details, and major advantages which will incentivize the parent company to buy/sponsor/partner with your charitable client. 5. A second slideshow which illustrates the improvements, upgrades, technology, new concepts, new product offerings that the investor can make possible. Here is our work so far:

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by LotusHouse on November 30, 2017
College Lafleche
We are students in the Hotel and Restaurant Management Program at College Lafleche. Throughout our course "Business English 2" we have completed 3 professional workshops wherein we evlauated real businesses and then came up with real suggesttions and solutions which we might offer them if they were our clients. For this 4th workshop, our task was to evaluate the Lotus House, which is a not-for-profit guesthouse which operates in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. This guesthouse uses its profits to support an orphanage, and in turn, the orphans have the opportunity to learn about the tourism/hospitality industry so that when they are 18 years old, they will have a better chance of finding a good job. Mongolia is set to become a major tourist destination, and we were excited to work on this project because The lotus House is a strong example of a sustainable business. Our task was to research the company and produce the following documents: Documents: 1. A rebranding package: logo, mission statement, slogan(s) and anything else that you may think useful. 2. A list of potential parent companies and a brief description of why they may be interested, and in which capacity they may be interested (buy/sponsor/partner). This part must be as realistic as possible and include real statistics and facts. 3. A SWOT analysis for 1 of those potential partners 4. A slideshow that presents the basic concept, key details, and major advantages which will incentivize the parent company to buy/sponsor/partner with your charitable client. 5. A second slideshow which illustrates the improvements, upgrades, technology, new concepts, new product offerings that the investor can make possible. Here is our work so far:

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by Noémie21 on November 30, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
noemie_deschenes_letter_cincinnatti.docx  

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by Noémie21 on November 30, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Here is the first step which I have taken towards the creation of a sustainable tour of Central America. This is an informative pamphlet which would be given to prospective tourists (before their trip) so that they can be better informed of sustainable practices. My next step will be to publish the full 7-day itinerary of the tour that I am creating, along with the full pre-trip briefing that the travelers will receive before embarking.

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by fanoushka on November 30, 2017
College Lafleche
fannie_chiasson_-_new_orleans_mayor_letter.docx

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by Sarahroy.d on November 30, 2017
College Lafleche
Here is the first step which I have taken towards the creation of a sustainable tour of Scandinavia. This is an informative pamphlet which would be given to prospective tourists (before their trip) so that they can be better informed of sustainable practices. My next step will be to publish the full 7-day itinerary of the tour that I am creating, along with the full pre-trip briefing that the travelers will receive before embarking.

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by Sarahroy.d on November 30, 2017
College Lafleche
Here is a letter that I wrote to the Mayor of Las Vegas.  The subject of the letter is sustainability and opportunities to improve. srd_letter.docx

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by ClaudiaM on November 30, 2017
College Lafleche
Here is a letter which I wrote to Mr. Mich Landreau, the Mayor of New Orleans concerning the non-sustainability of his city.   claudia_mayor.docx

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9 months 5 days ago

I personally think that this question is primordial. Our generation is obsessed with money and owning things that we do not really need. It is important to indulge ourselves once in a while but it cannot be the reason why we are happy to live on earth. I experienced it. What I mean is that I myself realized that having stuff does not affect my happiness on the long-term (like it was written). What does affect myself on the long-term are my relationship with myself and towards others. These are true factors that influence our sustainable happiness.

9 months 5 days ago

I also believe that animals can experience happiness. For example, I think that if a dog has everything he or she needs, then other emotions can occur. Wen the dog has a home, plenty of food and attention from its owners, it can focus on something else than surviving. Great subject and an interesting one!

Reply to: Free Smoothies
9 months 5 days ago

This project is a great way to show people that happiness has a strong link towards healthy habits. While people are sipping on their smoothie, not only the smoothie is delicious but students can take a healthy break :) Nice project!

9 months 1 week ago

I do agree that homelessness is a problem, and it is especially an issue that occurs in big cities such as New York City. homelessness can have a negative impact on homeless people's happiness. The society we live in nowadays grants importance to things that should not matter, such as physical appearance, and is quick to judge others based on their looks. Homeless people are often the victims of society's harsh critique, which can have a bad impact on their happiness. They see themselves through the eyes of others (looking-glass self) and probably do not have a positive image of themselves considering that they often lack basic necessities and cannot necessarily take care of their physical appearance. They are probably aware of it which automatically leads to a negative perspective of themselves.

9 months 1 week ago

I think that it would be wrong to erase our history because it makes us who we are as a society. It is important to learn from our mistakes because we can take voluntary control to not repeat our mistakes and to learn forgiveness so that we would become better and more optimistic. Sometimes we want to forget things that happen in past to focus only on the future but sometimes it is good to learned from the mistakes we have done to become better as a human-being but also as a society.

9 months 1 week ago

Wow, I completely agree with you! Cars have a bing impact on the health of our planet and it leads to climate change. A majority of people have a car and use it everyday, it can cause a lot of traffic and also a lot of anxiety. Running out of time make people angry and stressed and the solution that you propose is really good because public transport are a good way to reduce the trafic and at the same time it is good for the planet. Pollution is a big issue for our society and materialism is a cause because people always buy more and more and it affects the health the planet. People do not need one or two car or they do not need to change it every four years! With the media like Facebook, the radio and the TV we are exposed to materialism and it is hard to resist to affluenza.

Reply to: Planting Fresh Air
9 months 1 week ago

This is a very good project. It is interesting because it also promotes sustainable happiness. Your project's goal is to improve the air quality in your school which could also potentially lead to the well-being of students as well as improving their concentration. Considering these factors, your projects also leads to higher pleasure, which comes from internal thought and cognitive effort. Adding plants to the school environment can be a great way to improve concentration and therefore cognitive effort.

9 months 1 week ago

This seems to be a very interesting project. We often hear a lot of bad things about this issue, and creating awareness to help fix this situation is a good idea. The western society that we live in nowadays contributes to affluenza because everyone wants new clothes (or think they need new ones) and they keep buying products that are not fair trade. The workers in countries that produce these clothes live in terrible conditions and often are not paid well, and their well-being is never really considered. If people were to realize that the importance they grant to clothes that are produced in countries such as Bangladesh contributes to the workers bad conditions, it would reduce the markets of cheap labour. A reduction of that high demand in cheap clothing can only happen if people stop according that much importance to clothes.

9 months 1 week ago

This house surely makes homeless people happier, but the persons working there are probably happier also. The workers probably think they can change the lives of other persons in a good way if they use their strenghts. A person using its strengths will be true to himself/herself and will be happy in the form of hedonism.

9 months 1 week ago

I love the idea. This could reduce the need for electricity and it would also lower the bill in the long term. This really sounds great as each house would become a bit more self-sufficient and fewer externals resources would be needed. Just the fact of saving money brings a smile to many people, but if the person already has a good salary, the saved money may transform into materialism. Let's just hope the saved money is well used.

In the long term, the overall cost would be lower but the initial one is higher. This may be just enough to prevent low incomes family from acquiring this technology. I think it could help the riches to become richer...

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