Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
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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Hi, Gabriel. This is Shimin from Hyogo, Japan. Your posting is very informative.
It is undeniable that gun possession, gun control, and gun violence are major problems in America, that absolutely cannot be neglected. However, it is a larger problem when guns itself becomes the assumed method of solving the issue. Across articles that I have read before, there are Americans who used to not own guns. They started possessing them, in hope of protecting themselves from the real offenders who abuse the possession of the arms. It is truly a problem when Americans think that
the solution to the issue, is the issue itself. Having this mindset will only increase the number of people carrying guns in America, and not help at all with the idea to decrease gun violence.
In Japan, there are hardly any gun-related cases. Although it is difficult to say for the yakuza (mafia), gun possession is against the law. There are hunters in Japan who are allowed to possess and use them, but only with a license that is very tightly controlled. The process of obtaining the license is very strict, to the point that the authorities will actually ask parties related to the concerned hunter, in order to judge if the license can be processed.
America can solve the gun issue, only if she is truly determined to get rid of the arms in the country. However, it can be very complicated as the number of people involved is very huge, and the culture between America and Japan is very different.
What are the gun laws in Canada?
I am happy to learn that our government is taking the issue of mental health seriously and investing in it so to help those affected by it. If you are interested in volunteering with an organization that will teach you more about mental health I recommend you look into the Revivre organization. Revivre is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to help those living with anxiety, depressive or bipolar disorders, and their loved ones”. They offer various workshops that are available to sign up on their website http://www.revivre.org/. If you are interested in volunteering for this foundation you can call 514-529-3081 post 221, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I think you did an amazing job at making a connection between current events and the issue of mental health stigma! The show "13 Reasons Why" became very popular as soon as it came out and despite its numerous controversies it has brought to the public's attention the issue of mental health. If you are interested in ways to help raise awareness about mental health, I recommend you take a look at Montreal Walks for Mental Health foundation. It is a foundation whose mission is to “increase public awareness about mental health and eliminate stigma and discrimination towards people living with mental illness and those who support them”. Every year they organize a walk in the streets of Montreal, where everyone walks with same goal, that is to end mental health stigma. I have volunteered with this organization and I can confirm to you that the work they are doing is really good. If you are interested in helping this event take place and learn more about this organization you can send an email to email@example.com or call at 514-935-5770. Here is their website in case you want more information http://mtlwalks.com/.
I think you could be interrested into an organization that is working with young students that do not have much money/support from their family, helping out with basics of life and keeping up with school.
You might be interrested about some other volunteer work, oriented towards helping younger student(elementary school) with social experiencing and basic learning activities.
Tel. : 438.380.0667
I read your article and I found it very interesting how you talked about the forest fire and how the government are trying to take control of the situation. If I can add that if you want to help the people that might be affected in the area, then I might have a non-profit organization for you. They are called the Red Cross. Their goal is to “to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world”. Their values are based on “Humanitarian values, as expressed in our Fundamental Principles, respect, dignity and inclusiveness, integrity, accountability, effectiveness, transparency, adaptability, quality and safety.” If you want any information what voluntary missions they are doing and how you can help their cause, you can follow this link: http://www.redcross.ca/volunteer/contact-us and fill out their volunteer form and they will contact you to give you more info about their volunteering missions around the world.
I really like your article and how you talked about the aftermath of the Hurricane passage on the country. I thought that this might help people in trying to help for relief for the Hurricane and other disasters that might happen in the future. They are the Red Cross. Their goal is to “to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world”. Their values are based on “Humanitarian values, as expressed in our Fundamental Principles, respect, dignity and inclusiveness, integrity, accountability, effectiveness, transparency, adaptability, quality and safety.” If you want any information what voluntary missions they are doing and how you can help their cause, you can follow this link: http://www.redcross.ca/volunteer/contact-us and fill out their volunteer form and they will contact you to give you more info about their volunteering missions around the world.
I really like your article, I found it very interresting and full of content.
Children with cancer and so their parents can refer to sources, help. it is important to remember that they are not alone in this situation, there are organization for this, like Opération Enfant Soleil.
The organization “Opération Enfant Soleil” is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support the development of quality pediatrics and contribute to the implementation of social intervention projects for all children in Quebec. There is also more than $ 210 million that has been donated to major pediatric centers, regional hospitals and organizations across the province.
The organization’s biggest project is the “Téléthon” who’s held each year for 30 years. Last year the Téléthon raised 20 107 287$, for children to heal better.
For 2017, there are ways you can volunteer, give your help to those in need. Opération Enfant Soleil is leading many various fund-raising campaigns throughout the year, such as “Cartes de souhaits”, “Porte ton pyj”, “Relis don”, “Resto Soleil”, “Défi Country”, “Ô Quilles!”, “Opération Halloween”, and so many others. After all, it is with small act that we arrive to big things. To be a part of these various fund-raising campaigns, simply contact the organization itself: 514 380-2323. To become a volunteer the first thing to do is to fill up the “Volunteer Offer Form”, you also have to be aged more than 18 years old.
I'd like to start by saying that your post is very well-written and goes straight to the point. I found an organization that might interest you. 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. You can send them an email by going on their website; https://www.womenaware.ca, call them; 514-908-9014 or send them a letter through their box mail. For more information, go on their website.
Hello Naomie Tat,
I'd like to start by saying that your post is really interesting and well-written. I think that your project of volunteering is a great idea and seems to be important to you. I found a non-profit organization that might interest you.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. You contact them on their phone number; 514-597-1303, their email address; firstname.lastname@example.org, or go see them directly at 60118 St-Denis Street, Montreal, Quebec. For more information, here is their website: http://www.aubergemadeleine.org.
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This course tackles the many current social issues in Japan as well as the issues around the world. Students read articles about the issues they are interested in, summarize them and write their opinion about them. Our students hope to interact with other students outside Japan as regards local...