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.

 

Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Alisoncampbell on November 7, 2017
Global News article, Video shows brutal treatment of animals at Canada Goose supplier written by Erica Alini underlines how animals are mistreated in big corporations whose products come mainly from animals. She talks specifically about the mistreatment of geese by the Canadian Goose company who uses their feathers in the jackets and real fur around the hood. In the video, viewers can see men grabbing the geese by the neck or piles of geese on top of each other inside I tiny cage trying to get out.

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by Nathalie on November 3, 2017
On October 24 2017, Jorge Barrera posted an article on CBC News “Health Canada Knew of Massive Gaps in First Nations Child Health Care, Documents Show: Officials Were Unprepared to Implement Changes Prescribed by Landmark Human Rights Ruling.” The article speaks of “Ottawa [discriminating] against [the] First Nation children by underfunding on-reserve child welfare services and by failing to apply

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by Sarah_B on November 3, 2017
An article posted on the “Women’s Agenda”, written by Rob Sturrock, on November 1st, 2017, discuss how men can be involve in the feminist movement. Some may ignore the fact that we need males in the movement but most agree that having males by our side will only make things better. Feminists are only looking for equal rights and not superiority so why not work together?

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by Maximum98 on November 2, 2017
When a flood happens today, a huge monetary cost is involved and insurance claims are usually demanded by the victims so they can start rebuilding what was lost. However, a lot of times, the government response to those insurance claims can be very long and that is a problem. On October 23rd, 2017, CBC News published an article written by Sabrina Marandola talking about a Laval woman that has been waiting since last spring to get her response from the government about her insurance claim.

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by danielam on November 2, 2017
An article written in the NY Times on October 31, 2017, by Corey Kilgannon and Joseph Goldstein talks about Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the New York Terror Attack that happened last Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Saipov was driving a rented truck and ran over pedestrians walking on a bike path along the Hudson River leaving eight people dead and 11 injured.

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by she2lby on November 1, 2017
For my final project, I was able to have the opportunity to speak with Diana Mihaela Baranga the Co-Founder of UpStartED, which is a company hosting the first Youth2Tech Conference held in Montreal. It is designed to introduce youth to the future. The conference will present how technology is shaping the new economy. This conference I feel will fit into what I have been researching during this class which is the issue of employment and how it has been affected as well as how it has been changing.

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by she2lby on November 1, 2017
The world has been changing for the better and the worst. This change is all because of the recent development in the technology sector, where the old methods doing business have almost entirely disappeared with the ability to get information on someone in a second, through the internet. This advancement means that how companies hire and train their employees have changed as well. Now everyone must be cautious when writing online or on social media platforms. For the baby boomers, this has become a negative thing for some.

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by Alisoncampbell on November 1, 2017
I was planning on volunteering for an organization called “The Dish Project” from Concordia University in Montreal. The dish project works under the Sustainable Concordia. And they have been operating since 2004. Their goal is “focus(ing)es on reducing waste in and around Concordia University, as well as exploring, understanding, and educating our community with regard to waste justice issues and waste reduction.

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by Alisoncampbell on November 1, 2017
 An October 19th, 2017, article titled “Adani coal mine 'devastating' for Australia” Found on the Aljazeera website, a Qatar media company, has author Mary Ann Jolley talking about the detrimental effects on the environment of a new coal mine about to open in Australia. The Adani Group, a leader in Indian energy, is planning on creating possibly the biggest coal mine in the world and it would be located in Australia.

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by boi on November 1, 2017
This news article is one that caught my attention because we don’t see that type of news often. The article named “WikiLeaks offers up a $100,000 bounty for the withheld JFK documents” is pretty self-explanatory. WikiLeaks tweeted on October the 27th that they will give a reward of 100,000$ to anyone who releases the John F. Kennedy assassination files from 1963. Donald trump announced in a tweet that he would release the JFK files but only 2800 were released and 300 were kept hidden from the public.

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by Gabriel M. on November 1, 2017
In a study published in the Journal of Association of American Medical Colleges nearly eight years ago, there was an intricate investigation into the healthcare system of the United-States and its efficiency. The purpose of the research was to get a medical student’s perspective on the healthcare system and their opinion on whether we should expand coverage and spending on programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

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by Hannah on October 31, 2017
As Sylvia Thompson wrote in the Irish Times on July 15 2017, the trend of buying clothes online could lead to a rise in people buying used and vintage clothes online, as well as other eco-conscious alternatives to mainstream fashion.

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by audreynoiseux on October 24, 2017
An article was published on CBC News on October 24th, 2017. The publication resumes the new initiative taken by the government of Alberta to teach the history and culture of First Nations, Métis and Inuit, and the legacy of residential schools. The measures are taken in order to adopt some of the recommendations made my the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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by sarah_P on October 24, 2017
Have you ever stopped to cogitate about the reality in other countries? More specifically, have you ever thought of how some people are dealing with unfamiliar diseases to our everyday because of their poverty and lack of hygiene in their environment? While doing some researches on health issues worldwide, I stumbled on a couple of article that caught my attention. What I thought as a not existing disease in our century, the plague, is actually a daily fight for many people in Madagascar!  

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by billybastien on October 24, 2017
Quebec’s poorest region is on the edge of growing rich. But why is the Gaspe not rich yet? Its habitants fear the unknown; will oil extraction transform their region that’s renowned for being a natural paradise. Certain sites are already being used for production, while others still serve for exploration purposes. These sites aren’t located along the coast, though there are exceptions, but rather in the hinterlands where the population don’t hear nor see what is going on. Pollution is still happening despite being invisible claim environmentalists.

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by Sarah_B on October 24, 2017
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13 hours 57 min ago

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?

3 weeks 6 days ago

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 benevolat@revivre.org.

3 weeks 6 days ago

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 walk4mh@mtlmarche.com or call at 514-935-5770. Here is their website in case you want more information http://mtlwalks.com/.

4 weeks 20 hours ago

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.
maisondesfamilles.ca
sarah@maisondesfamilles.ca

4 weeks 20 hours ago

You might be interrested about some other volunteer work, oriented towards helping younger student(elementary school) with social experiencing and basic learning activities.
http://atelier850.ca/
Tel. : 438.380.0667

4 weeks 1 day ago

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.

4 weeks 1 day ago

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.

1 month 13 hours ago

Hi aller1,
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.

1 month 1 day ago

Hello Nathalie,
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.

1 month 1 day ago

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; administration@aubergemadeleine.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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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.