Contemporary Issues/NewsActivist Winter/ Spring 2017: Champlain, Saint-Lambert

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.

 

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by AlexeKantchev on March 26, 2017
For a few weeks now, I have been doing research on an important on-going issue: Homelessness. I have read many journal articles to find information and statistics to fully grasp the extant of the issue. However, news cannot compare to scholarly journals in their accuracy and truthfulness. Therefore, this week, I have found different articles and looked at the fields of research the authors used to make their findings. Here are 3 of the academic disciplines that can be used to collect data on homelessness.   Discipline 1: Public Health  

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by AmandaMcc on March 26, 2017
Since I've been in my NewsActvism class, I have written several post about animal cruelty and abuse and even some of the laws put in place to stop it. This assignment, which was to find different disciplines that are related to my topic, which was animal cruelty, will help people would like to study different disciplines to fight against animal cruelty. The following three disciplines can be related to animal cruelty and how to fight it.   First Discipline : Psychology  

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by pascaleworld on March 26, 2017
Animals have been interesting for many people in the world. There are many jobs related around them, but there are no specific academic disciplines only about animals. However, there are disciplines you can find that can contribute to the knowledge about the wild life.  

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by gabrielleL on March 26, 2017
  Every day, millions of people leave their country in the hope to find a better life. The migrant crisis is a worldwide problem that causes many deaths. Because people are desperate to leave their poor conditions of life, people-smuggler have created a lucrative business. Every year many expert come together to try to understand this new phenomenon and how to eliminate people-smuggling once for all.

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by Elyette Levy on March 26, 2017
As long as there has been power, there have been people trying to abuse of it. The issue of corruption is broad and difficult to define, let alone to tackle. The academics who try to solve it are experts of similar disciplines, to which political science and public policy are often connected.   Discipline 1: Political Science

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by aymebenfeito on March 25, 2017
As a human living in a community, it is normal to have complaints or concerns about the way our community is governed; however, very often, individuals don't  know how to go about fixing the problems they see.  It all boils down to the issue of governance. How should we go about governing ourselves, sharing resources and making decisions in our communities?

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by SamanthaW on March 25, 2017
Abortion is the right to a woman/ young girl to change something they are not proud of, or something they have been forced into without consent. To show that is can be a health hazard and can endanger the mother to be. Three important dialects to look into are, Women’s Rights, Nursing, and Public health. These three topics tie into the subject of abortion.  

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by Laura-Camille on March 24, 2017
The issue of women’s rights can be approached in many different ways.  Everyday, women from around the world face various challenges simply because of their sex, and these challenges can be increased by other factors such as race, education, and social class. Although the need for the defense of women’s rights in western society is constantly questioned, Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres stated as recently as last March 13 that “women’s rights are under attack worldwide” (Lederer for TIME magazine).

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by emilyboiteux on March 24, 2017
Homelessness is on the rise but getting degrees in specific academic disciplines such as psychiatry, human ecology, and public health & preventing medicine could help diminish it. There are many issues surrounding homelessness that individuals suffer from. Some issues include health problem, mental disorders, and bad living conditions.

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by Julia G. on March 24, 2017
A growing issue in today’s society is the vast amount of stray animals on the streets. Many of these animals are victims of abuse and of irresponsible ownership. They have been neglected and abandoned, which begs the support of the community to help find a solution to this issue. A way to do so is to place more focus on academic disciplines such as psychology, economics, and law.

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by B.Matthews on March 24, 2017
Positive body Image gives the right to both male and female to appreciate their appearances and is content with their bodies. Whereas people who suffer from negative body image treat their appearances to not be adequate enough for society, mass media or themselves.  The three important idioms to look into body image are; public health, psychology and child/adolescent psychiatry. These three topics which will be later discussed are important to the subject of body image.    

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by Naomie Tat on March 21, 2017
The news reports and articles published by mass media solely cover the surface of the issue of campus sexual violence. Academic researchers, on the other hand, write about their more detailed and narrowed research which, by the way, it is written, seems to be only accessible to the people who are already familiar with the research topic but is still seeking to further their knowledge and understanding of the issue.   

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by SVL on March 21, 2017
It is not rare to hear, see or read about a rape case on the news. Today, more and more victims of sexual assault take actions against their assaulter by speaking up about their traumatic experience in hope that society will be more aware of what’s happening on the streets, parties, college campuses, etc. Although did you ever wonder about what happens after? What happens to the victim after he or she informs the authorities? What happens when the victim awaits the verdict of the judge? What happens when the whole case ends?

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by gabrielleL on March 20, 2017
Since the beginning of 2017, Canada has seen an increase in the number of asylum seekers crossing its border every day. Because people are denied the right to enter into the country at the regular point of entry, many decide to use dangerous methods to arrive in Canada.

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by Elyette Levy on March 20, 2017
For over 20 years now, the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has exposed how corruption was viewed by experts in societies of each country. This index ranks countries on a scale from 0 to 100 – most to least corrupt, or least to most effective and active in their fight against it. It has often been used to call out countries on suspicious-looking public sector related affairs, and has been effective at raising awareness on certain countries’ level of corruption.

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by anthonydm on March 20, 2017
  According to Wikipedia’s website, “Current estimates put global food loss and waste between one-third and one-half of all food produced”. Lost uneaten food is becoming a serious issue, especially in Canada, where our government does not seem to be putting enough effort to reduce the matter.This post will address the issue presented in CBC News’ article which was posted on October 26th, 2016 by Melissa Mancini and Nelisha Vellani and in Global News’ article posted on October 21st, 2015 by Negar Mojtahedi.

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by pascaleworld on March 20, 2017
Zoos have been and are still one of the most entertaining places to bring your children to. Most of us probably went to one at least once during their childhood. I’ve been to one and I wish I understood the truth about them. Zoos might be entertaining to us, but it is only a prison for animals. It will never compare to their real and natural habitat that we took them from.  

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by BR on March 20, 2017
Don’t be afraid of the unknown and join the world to fight against homophobia            

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by Demetrios.C.Ort... on March 20, 2017
            In the article 'As well or better than humans': Automation set for big promotions in white-collar job market, written by Angela Hennessy on Feb 28, 2017 and taken from CBC News, are details the issues that Canadian workers will face as intelligent programs and automated robots take over the industry.

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3 years 4 months ago

First off, I like the way you structured your text. Every paragraph has a cathegory of its own. More importantly, I liked how you did not miss any important parts of the article. For instance, you took the time to explain what CrowdTangle is, which I thought was great. I rencently did an article similar to yours because I also see the influence Facebook has on all of us. A quick browsing of my news feed would probably show some unreliable news article shared by friends or pages that I have ''liked''. I remember constantly seeing pro-Trump articles that would be shared by ''friends'' on facebook that would discuss crazy subjects like a nuclear war being prepared if Americans would not vote for him. I am sure that I am not the only one that gets confused after seeing these types of articles on my news feed. :O

3 years 4 months ago

Based on the information from your post, readers are given a clear and understanding view of the main events that occurred in the article you chose. Your post was intriguing because, of just the other day, I read about the movie “A dogs Purpose.” You may not have been aware but there was a video of a dog being abused to conduct certain tasks. Animal cruelty is just as bad on humans as it is for animals, for that reason, people should be charged more than just facing six months in jail, a $2000 fine and a two-year ban from owning a pet. Animal cruelty was bad enough in this movie that he author of the book itself was petitioning to remove the movie from airing worldwide. However, not successful the movie has been receiving a lot of backlash about animal cruelty. For more information to further interest you, here is a link to Terry’s Law which describes more on the law against animal cruelty; http://www.terryslaw.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Animal-Welfare-Bill-C...

3 years 4 months ago

I find your subject pretty interesting. A while ago I heard of various Instagram users, one of which was tuesdaybassen, accusing Zara of stealing their designs. They have since created a website recording what designs have been stolen that compare their designs with Zara’s designs that they are selling for a much lower price.
Here’s the link to it: http://shoparttheft.com/

3 years 4 months ago

To begin with, I think you chose a great article and summarized it very clearly. Your writing was very fluid and easily understandable. Now what I find you did best, is that you stayed neutral and objective in your writing even though police racism is a topic that raises lots of opinions and emotions. I, on the other hand, would have had trouble remaining dispassionate about the topic.

Now this got me thinking, a few years ago, my cousin got certified as a RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounter Police) officer. She’s currently in Saskatoon in the native reserves. One day, she was patrolling with another officer that she didn’t know very well. They were chatting nonchalant in the car and she noticed that her partner was expressing racist comments and ideas. Without further due, she mentioned her concerns to the authorities. The board indeed brought in my cousin’s partner for questioning. I was very surprised when she told me that they took the matter seriously and questioned the guy. I don’t know what happened to him afterwards, but I think that she had a great initiative and so did the board. It is a burden that must be taken seriously and every inch of a doubt must at all cost be clarified.

3 years 4 months ago

Hi! I loved your article. I think it is a good subject to write about and it is something that we all have to deal with. For example, I often have troubles dealing with full-time school, my 20 hours a week job, my sports, my hobbies and friends and family and still have time doing my homework. It is almost inhuman to do everything. This is why I think it is very important to organize my time. All the tips you gave were tips that I use on a daily basis. Organizing my day hour per hour can be a hard job, but it is worth it. I think that time managing is something very important for everyone no matter your age, but we also have to remember that it is possible that, one day, you do not feel like doing homework or you cannot concentrate. And I think it is ok to take a break and to do other things. Sometimes, no matter what you do and how hard you try, it just do not work, and it is normal.

3 years 4 months ago

Hi! I loved your article. I think it is a good subject to write about and it is something that we all have to deal with. For example, I often have troubles dealing with full-time school, my 20 hours a week job, my sports, my hobbies and friends and family and still have time doing my homework. It is almost inhuman to do everything. This is why I think it is very important to organize my time. All the tips you gave were tips that I use on a daily basis. Organizing my day hour per hour can be a hard job, but it is worth it. I think that time managing is something very important for everyone no matter your age, but we also have to remember that it is possible that, one day, you do not feel like doing homework or you cannot concentrate. And I think it is ok to take a break and to do other things. Sometimes, no matter what you do and how hard you try, it just do not work, and it is normal.

3 years 4 months ago

Hi! I loved your article. I think it is a good subject to write about and it is something that we all have to deal with. For example, I often have troubles dealing with full-time school, my 20 hours a week job, my sports, my hobbies and friends and family and still have time doing my homework. It is almost inhuman to do everything. This is why I think it is very important to organize my time. All the tips you gave were tips that I use on a daily basis. Organizing my day hour per hour can be a hard job, but it is worth it. I think that time managing is something very important for everyone no matter your age, but we also have to remember that it is possible that, one day, you do not feel like doing homework or you cannot concentrate. And I think it is ok to take a break and to do other things. Sometimes, no matter what you do and how hard you try, it just do not work, and it is normal.

3 years 4 months ago

Hi! First of all, since I have someone in my family that is homosexual, I was really happy to see an article that talks about same sex marriage. It has been really hard for the gay community to be able to express who they really are and it is always fun to read articles that talk about the progress that has been made. I know that my relative has always wanted to get married and she always wanted to have children, and now the law will help her to do so. It is really important to talk about that subject.

Second of all, I think your summary is good and simple for the reader to understand, but you should of commented on the subject, it would have made your article more personal and reliable. If you would of said what is your opinion on this topic and use stories, the article would have been stronger.

I found an article that talks about a couple in Manitoba that was able to get married because same-sex marriage was legalized in Canada. I think you could use their story to make your article stronger by also talking about what couples really think about it. It was written on the CBC news website and it is called ``About 900 LGBT couples tied knot since same-sex marriage legalized in Manitoba''
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/same-sex-marriage-manitoba-annive...

3 years 4 months ago

Thank you for choosing a topic that not many people talk about. This is a topic that is very important to me and speaks to me. I remember hearing about that story with the dog being dragged behind his owner’s truck. I was so upset when I heard about that, after that i went to hug my dog. How can people be so cruel? I see post about animal abuse all over my Face book and each one breaks my heart. Your post was very interesting and actually taught me a couple of things. I didn’t even know that the maximum penalty a Canadian can face is six months in jail and that they have to pay $2000 fine. Your post was well written and right to the point, you put the important facts and did not put any useless facts.

3 years 4 months ago

Very good and interesting article choice, your summary is also well-written. Although, you could add more content to your summary since it is very brief. It is important to care about the fake news phenomenon, because it is the only way we can get informed, but you and the writer are right saying that people are skeptical regarding news nowadays. I'm pretty sure you are alarmed, just like me, regarding the media's content. Another article that might interest you is "CNN, The 'Trump Dossier' and 'Fake News'" published by the Huffington post, it is also about the president Trump, his administration and The Cable News Network.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cnn-trump-dossier-fake-news_us_58a07...

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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.