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Ontario’s wicked hydro problem

Management of Biosphysical Environment 2017
Ontario’s wicked hydro problem Ontario’s electricity has been a hot topic for years as it continues to pay the highest price for hydro nation-wide. According to a study conducted by the Fraser Institute, in the last decade Ontario’s electricity costs have risen 71% - a significant growth in...

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What purpose does film serve in the history classroom or in the telling of history?

Film and Modern History (Fall 2017)
For me personally, film can serve as a major tool in learning or telling history in a classroom setting. There are things lectures and slideshows are simply incapable of accomplishing that a film can accomplish on a regular basis. The first film that comes to mind that backs up this claim is Waltz...

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Mining and Undermining: The Legitimacy of the UK Government in Pursuing Fracking

Management of Biosphysical Environment 2017
  In 2016, the UK government overturned a decision made by Lancashire County Council (LCC) to reject proposals made by Cuadrilla to frack for shale gas in a site near Blackpool. However, the Guardian reports that on the 27th of July 2017, Cuadrilla broke planning permissions by delivering a...

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Homelessness in New York City

World of Cities
This article discusses the problem of homelessness in New York City and outlines a few solutions.   New York City has a growing homelessness problem. It has reached its highest level since the 1930s with around one in every 135 adults being homeless. Around 130 thousand people are currently...

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40 millions pour illuminer le pont Jacques-Cartier … est-ce logique?

Centennial College - Français de base
Croyez vous que dépenser 40,000,000 dollars sur des lumières pour illuminer le pont Jacques cartiers c'est un bon investissement ou non ? L'honneur de 375e anniversaire de Montréal et le 150e de la fondation du Canada, il a été de penser $40,000,000 pour les luminaire pour l'année de la ville....

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Blog Post 1 "Waltz for Bashir."

Film and Modern History (Fall 2017)
2. A number of the films deal with issues of authorship and whose voice should be used in telling a story. Whose stories are being told in films (or in a specific film) we watched in class? Who should tell these stories?  As far as who should tell a story, I think the authorship all really depends...

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Everything you need to know about species conservation

Biology NYA Justine Bell
           The Society for Conservation Biology has published a very nice article that goes through every relevant aspect of species conservation. This article will lead you through the basic concepts of what is conservation of the biodiversity, why it is important and how it can be achieved. It...

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The Ultimate Way of Curation is Close to Be Reality?

Biology NYA Justine Bell
On September 1st of 2017, the science journalist John Horgan wrote an article for the “Cross-Check” blog on the Scientific American's website. This article is titled “Has the Era of Gene Therapy Finally Arrived?”  As the title of this article suggests, the subject discuss is the gene therapy. This...
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Will Killing Hate Speech Kill Freedom of Speech?

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
The article "Will Germany's new law kill free speech online?" written by Patrick Evans and posted September 17, 2017 on BBC News portrays the fear surrounding a new law in Germany. This law, called Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz, will be established in October. It would force social media to take down...

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How fishes will help futur astronauts in space

Biology NYA Justine Bell
On September 14th 2017, Melissa Gaskill who is working at the International Space Station Program Office, wrote an article about how transparent fish called Medaka could help researchers find a solution to the bone density loss of astronauts. This phenomenon is due to the fact that in microgravity...

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Women Aware

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
Women Aware is an organisation that provides long-term support to victims of domestic violence. It was created in 1995 by a small group of women who themselves were survivors of domestic violence. Their major project is to do a lot of conference and fund raising for this cause. You can volunteer by going to their conference and participate in their actions like “16 Days of Activism”, which consist of 16 days of actions to end violence against women and girls.

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Auberge Madeleine

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
The Auberge Madeleine is a non-profit organization that provides shelter and help for homeless women of 18 and over. It helps women to focus on getting their life back together without having to worry about when is their next meal or where will they be sleeping. They had over 9000 stays since their opening. Their major project is to help as much women as they can. They are looking for different types of expertise to help them. Volunteers are precious to the organization and its residents. You can volunteer regularly or on occasional basis. They have almost 50 volunteers each year.

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Fédération des femmes du Québec

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
The FFQ aims for equality and justice between men and women. The organization wants to erase violence, discrimination, marginalization and exclusion of women in Quebec, Canada. It was founded in 1966 and people joining the FFQ have been growing ever since. Their headquarters are located in Montreal. They have a lot of project but it mainly consists on doing conferences and walk. Their most famous campaign is “12 Days without Violence against Women”. It is 12 days in which group of women goes around their town in Quebec to take action and sensitize people.

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Opération Enfant Soleil

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
In this article, Adrien Perth, a little boy of 6 years old born prematurely, suffered several operations and also asthmatic. He is a little fighter, from surgery to surgery, he is today in good shape, but he suffers of a developmental delay and he is followed in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy and special education.

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The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation lead to stories like Ainsley’s. With a big medical background, beginning when she was 11 months old, doctors first noticed that the little girl wasn’t hitting developmental milestones. Later on she started having seizure at multiple time.

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Canadian Cancer Society

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
In this article, we manage to understand that most people who get diagnosed with cancer face fear, anxiety and panic. The Canadian Cancer Society as like vision, creating a world where no Canadian fears cancer. In other words, help all those people who are fighting with fear. These people need company and help trough this hard moment, the CCS is there to put away all this fear.  

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Blog Post #1

Film and Modern History (Fall 2017)
HIST/FILM 2907 Blog Post #1 - Zach Dose  

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Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
Équiterre’s mission is to help people, organizations and governments to live in a more ecological way and to accelerate that change. It has many projects, like ecological horticulture, fair trade initiatives, local food production and many more. It has a global reach, as it helped a Swiss village install vegetable gardens to help urban agriculture. Équiterre says that volunteering corresponds to their core values, as it promotes solidarity.

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Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
Greenpeace is an independent organization founded in 1971 in Vancouver, Canada. Its goal is to protect the environment and the biodiversity while promoting peace and advocating the cessation of nuclear threats. It has been a big voice in the environment for a long time, and still is. Its members are running a campaign to help endangered whales. That’s not their only project.

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The Montreal Maison du Père, a place of refuge for homeless men.

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
On the Maison du Père’s “about” page they inform us of the different causes of homelessness; some of which are evident like poverty and addiction. However, some of the causes may surprise many people like mental and physical health, family problems and job unavailability due to age or qualifications. To read full list here is the link to the page. 

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When I tell people I am volunteering to help the environment, one of two reactions occur. Either they fully support me and encourage me or they tell me in despair that they don’t believe my actions will do much good in the grand scheme of things. The weird thing is, no one seems to be opposed to the idea of being environmentally conscious.

This semester, I have had two main volunteer projects ongoing. The first was the collection of signatures for a petition that aims to preserve biodiversity. The second was to help the plight of the monarch butterfly which is facing extinction.

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