Democracy & Cultural Diversity F2017

Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by kimberlyS on November 3, 2017
The issue being discussed in this article, is the fact that the N.F.L players decided not to kneel during the American National Anthem before a game. President Trump was very offended by this and believed that the players had no respect for America. Their excuse was that they would not kneel for a country where racial oppression still occurs. Even though, Trump believed that these players should be fired since he was very ashamed of this having occurred and many fans were very angry of this event. Many apologies have had to be made by other teams.

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by Camille A-G on November 3, 2017
Eric Foner, professor of history at Columbia, describes the issue of Confederate statues in an article for The New York Times. He describes that multiple reactions have appeared regarding the removal of Confederate statues in the United States, including President Trump who has described that such removal tears apart ''the history and culture of our great country''. The debate of removing Confederate statues arises from a history that begins before the American Civil War.   

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by Garvenski on November 3, 2017
  An important issue in the gaming industry these days is the sexism that women constantly experience; be it in the professional or amateur realm. Emily Sun, an esports (electronic sport) event organizer and co-founder of Smash Sisters, an advocacy group that supports girls and women playing competitive Super Smash Brothers, asked to her audience if any of them ever heard” Hey, you’re pretty good for a girl”. Almost everyone raised their hand. Sun says that it is a hard phrase to hear and respond to.

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by mrob10 on November 3, 2017
Just recently Quebec has passed Bill 62 which prevents the covering of the face when receiving or administering a public service. Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée set out to clarify this very controversial ban. She says the law will only apply when communication, identification, and security reasons are involved. She says the law will only be implemented in certain cases, and was not meant to be “repressive”.  

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by mrob10 on November 3, 2017
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by Anonymous3 on November 2, 2017
A 17-year-old undocumented pregnant teen has been withheld from getting an abortion while in a Texas shelter for abandoned minors. The Trump Administration has been fighting against a court decision to allow the procedure. In court documents, she has been named Jane Doe and she was still able to proceed with pre-abortion counselling because of a Texas law, which took place on October 19.

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by Garvenski on November 2, 2017
Recently, WhatsApp messaging app as been blocked by Beijing to tighten surveillance of a big Communist Party meeting. The censorship began in 2009. Now, all the Facebook-owned apps, including Facebook, have now been disabled despite Mark Zuckerberg’s efforts of learning mandarin to make his product accessible to the Chinese population. Other services like Microsoft’s Skype are still available to the population due to their weaker security.

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by Garvenski on November 2, 2017
While playing “Call of Duty” on XBOX live, many verbal exchanges that gamers have with each other in the voice chat contain hate speech. The insults they throw at their peers, or sometimes even teammate, are often racist, homophobic or sexist. The vocabulary used in those conversations would shock most of the players’ parents. Some game makers were then forced to place countermeasures to eradicate the growing phenomenon.

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by cedleonard on November 1, 2017
On October 26th, the Trump administration has declared the opioid crisis to be a national public health emergency under the federal Public Health Service Act in order to combat the “worldwide problem” with deep-reaching negative effects of drug abuse. In a speech delivered, he decries how the United States has lost “at least 64 000 Americans to overdoses, that’s 175 lost american lives per day, that’s 7 lost lives per hour” in 2016.

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by corinnearchambault on November 1, 2017
Melanie Joly, Heritage Minister of Canada, has come up with a new plan in order to refresh and refashion Canada’s culture. More specifically, she looked at a way of making our culture stronger by concentrating on digital culture to adapt to the constant technological evolution. This is why Canada invested $500 millions with Netflix for Canadian content and committed to $25 million for more French-content on its platform. Because the contract was signed under the Investment Act, Netflix may be subject to fines from the government if they do not honor their part of the deal.

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by MishelAtaev on October 31, 2017
TransCanada has canceled a project to construct a pipe that would pass through Montreal, towards Saint John N.B. after protestations from the citizens of Montreal. The mayor, Denis Coderre, has stated how this victory is a crucial step towards removing the collateral damage the pipeline would’ve created. A leak from the pipe would’ve led to major consequences to the surrounding area. Managing to stop the creation of the new pipeline is a way to tell a message to companies in the energy sector that they need to create a source of renewable energy.

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by Anonymous3 on October 31, 2017
The news article “Toronto students reconsider Quebec universities after Bill 62” expresses how Bill 62 is forcing many students to re-evaluate getting an education in the province of Quebec. This new law prohibits people who wear face coverings from receiving any sort of public service, whether it be provincial or municipal. This new bill prompts debate for if it is targeting Muslim women. Many individuals say that the initiation of Bill 62 gives the impression that Muslims are not welcome in the province of Quebec anymore.

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by corinnearchambault on October 29, 2017
Beverly McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, announced her resignation from her position, effective December 15th, 2017. Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, re-emphasized the importance for the country to observe reconciliation between Aboriginals and other Canadians: the possibility of having an Indigenous candidate to replace Ms. McLachlin would be the perfect occasion to demonstrate the sincerity of these affirmations. After the screening process, only a small population of very well qualified Indigenous people were identified.

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2 weeks 5 hours ago

I chose to respond to your article because I really like your effective writing. I, however, disagree with your opinion on the damage caused to the environment. Many industries all over the world are currently exploiting natural resources and they are not about to stop. This means that going against this project will not have a significant impact on nature's health. Furthermore, it would have been a great opportunity to create more employment in Canada. In my family, finding work has always been hard because people around me chose to do manual jobs and there is not always enough employment available. This project would have been great for us and would have allowed us to flourish both as people and as Canadian. Our economy needs a boost and this could have been it. This pipeline was an appealing project and would have put us on the map, once again. I believe Canada is a great source of natural combustible and other sellable products which is good for our economy. Could you explain in depth why you think using the Indigenous ground (which is Canadian ground as much as they are Canadian citizens) is wrong and should be avoided?

2 weeks 5 hours ago

I chose to respond to your summary because I find the topic really interesting and it is a very controversial subject these days. I, however, disagree with your belief that a law seeking to protect the entire population should not be put in palce. This bill is not about targeting people, but about looking at a way of making everyone as equal as their neighbour and to increase security in our society. In many cases, -such as airports, passports production, and schools- the law is enforced in places where security is primordial and it all begins with making sure the right person is receiving these services. Also, every law has bad sides, but people always adjust to them even when they do not want to. The student you refer to will get used to uncovering her face and at some point it will not be such a big deal for her. Protection and security are very important in our modern society and no religion or group should jeopardize it or have a free pass. Could you explain more in depth why you think that Bill 62 is not there to support people?

2 weeks 5 hours ago

I chose to respond to your summary because I find the topic really interesting and it is a very controversial subject these days. I, however, disagree with your belief that a law seeking to protect the entire population should not be put in palce. This bill is not about targeting people, but about looking at a way of making everyone as equal as their neighbour and to increase security in our society. In many cases, -such as airports, passports production, and schools- the law is enforced in places where security is primordial and it all begins with making sure the right person is receiving these services. Also, every law has bad sides, but people always adjust to them even when they do not want to. The student you refer to will get used to uncovering her face and at some point it will not be such a big deal for her. Protection and security are very important in our modern society and no religion or group should jeopardize it or have a free pass. Could you explain more in depth why you think that Bill 62 is not there to support people?

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