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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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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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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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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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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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 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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by ClaudiaM on November 30, 2017
College Lafleche
Here is the first step which I have taken towards the creation of a sustainable tour of the Middle East.  This is an informative pamphlet which would be given to prospective tourists (before their trip) so that they can be better informed about sustainable practices.  The 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 travellers will receive before embarking.

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by florence.delage on November 27, 2017
Collège Mérici
We decided to create a Fairtrade Campus because we want to educate and create awareness on fair trade commerce. Fairtrade products ameliorate the agricultural workers’ conditions in developing countries. They do not make enough profits to have social benefits. Because of climate change, their jobs are not safe and they experience instability: they are at the mercy of the climate and of the market. When buying Fairtrade, we support a community of workers who can democratically optimise the worker’s benefits which brings them safety.

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by Alyson Gauthier on November 26, 2017
College Lafleche
College Laflèche1687 Boul. Du CarmelTrois-Rivières, QCG8Z 3R8  October 12th, 2017 John CranleyMc Farland St.Cincinnati, Ohio Subject: Unsustainable problem Dear Mister Cranley,

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by Alyson Gauthier on November 26, 2017
College Lafleche
Here is the first step which I have taken towards the creation of a sustainable tour of the Mediterranean..  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 travellers will receive before embarking.   Alyson Gauthier

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by imaneeem on November 14, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
What is a vegan diet, How do people become vegan?

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by TYuen5678 on November 14, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
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by coraliedallaire on November 13, 2017
Collège Mérici
Video of Ellen Degeneres "Hey Wrinkle Face!" Commercial for Olay Simply Ageless Foundation | COVERGIRL  

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by Wallace Lou on November 13, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Wallace Lou, Lina Osmani, Farah Majid, Kazuki Gonzalez-Adachi, Georgi Maslyankov   What is our goal?

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by DanielBoon on November 13, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Gianni Delli Colli  Marco Polce  Samuel Leger Danyyil Bun   Green Cars With the new innovations being brought upon eco-friendly cars, we question which is better, electric or gasoline? The quick answer everyone falls back to is that electric cars are more expensive, or that they do not cover long distances as well as gas operated engines. The real answer however, is no and no.

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4 days 20 hours ago

This seems to be a very good project. The workers' conditions in countries like Bangladesh are terrible. Their bosses give little to no regard to their well-being. Most of the clothes that we buy come from this type of environment, creating awareness for this issue is really important.One major factor in western society contributes to this issue: affluenza. It is a contagious and negative condition transmitted socially. This condition makes people always crave more material goods and creates waste or cheap labour in other countries as it is the case here. A societal shift would be necessary: if people put less importance on goods like clothes, there will be less demand for enormous and cheap quantities of clothing, therefore reducing the markets of cheap labour.

5 days 12 hours ago

I agree that homelessness is a pervasive issue. If we consider the homeless people's happiness, it must be very hard for them to live in a world where they lack privacy and they can feel the eyes of everyone on them. Their idea of themselves could affect their own happiness. Their looking-glass self, or the way they see themselves through the eyes of other people can contribute to self concept. They imagine how they appear to others, which is probably a negative image, then they imagine how others might judge them and they reflect in order to develop some self-feeling.

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5 days 13 hours ago

This is a great project for a school that promotes sustainable happiness. Aestetically pleasing aspects can be a form of bodily pleasure; it is a simple pleasure that we can appreciate. This can create a positive emotion (of course this is subjective) and influence thoughts in a positive way.

1 week 2 days ago

It would be totally wrong to erase our bad history because it permits us to analyze the full portrait of the history even if it is shameful. Furthermore, our past influences our future in the sense that we can take voluntary control not to repeat our mistakes and use this past to learn forgiveness in order to be more optimistic.

1 week 2 days ago

The real objective is for people to try outdoor activities such as running or walking in the woods in order to solve the problem you are talking about. It also goes beyond the senses because exercise is proven to release dopamine which is a neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure. Thus, someone taking this kind of new habits would cause both bodily and higher pleasure and would lead to positive emotions. Furthermore, a certain activity could become this person’s passion and they would experience flow which is a psychological state that accompanies highly engaging activities. In sum, it would kill two birds with one stone.

1 week 2 days ago

The real objective is for people to try outdoor activities such as running or walking in the woods in order to solve the problem you are talking about. It also goes beyond the senses because exercise is proven to release dopamine which is a neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure. Thus, someone taking this kind of new habits would cause both bodily and higher pleasure and would lead to positive emotions. Furthermore, a certain activity could become this person’s passion and they would experience flow which is a psychological state that accompanies highly engaging activities. In sum, it would kill two birds with one stone.

1 week 2 days ago

The real objective is for people to try outdoor activities such as running or walking in the woods in order to solve the problem you are talking about. It also goes beyond the senses because exercise is proven to release dopamine which is a neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure. Thus, someone taking this kind of new habits would cause both bodily and higher pleasure and would lead to positive emotions. Furthermore, a certain activity could become this person’s passion and they would experience flow which is a psychological state that accompanies highly engaging activities. In sum, it would kill two birds with one stone.

1 week 2 days ago

The real objective is for people to try outdoor activities such as running or walking in the woods in order to solve the problem you are talking about. It also goes beyond the senses because exercise is proven to release dopamine which is a neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure. Thus, someone taking this kind of new habits would cause both bodily and higher pleasure and would lead to positive emotions. Furthermore, a certain activity could become this person’s passion and they would experience flow which is a psychological state that accompanies highly engaging activities. In sum, it would kill two birds with one stone.

1 week 2 days ago

I completely agree with you. Cars contribute to pollution which leads to climate change and traffic is something that makes many of us angry because we are always running out of time. The solution that you propose will have a long-term impact on people’s happiness because it involves voluntary control. Indeed, people will be happier by deciding to take public transportation instead of being stuck in traffic and frustrated.
People own more cars than they actually need. Why is that? The answer is materialism. When people are bored of their old car, they buy a new one; therefore, your advertising banner may also contribute to a change regarding materialism which generates ecological costs such as pollution.

2 weeks 4 days ago

Charles, your project is very interesting, thank you for sharing it! Your idea to install recycling facilities for electronic waste at your school is very brilliant! If you don't mind, I would like to add a few more thoughts to this whole e-waste thing: I think that there is not enough awareness about the consequences of e-waste right now. We should put some efforts into spreading the information to the population. I cannot believe that people change their 800$ cellphone as soon as a newer model comes out. This blows my mind every single time! It is not only e-waste, but also a big money waste! In another hand, giants like Apple and Samsung also do major updates on their system so that your cellphone get really slow once the update is installed. JUST DON'T DO THE UPDATES! That's the best way to keep your phone responsive and fast! People needs to be smarter and people needs to be more educated on the consequences of changing their electronic devices just for the luxury of getting the newest gadget. I hope my thoughts will ring a bell to some of you and that awareness will be considered to decrease e-wasted in the future!

Claudia M.

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