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 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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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
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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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
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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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
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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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
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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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
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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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
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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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
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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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
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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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
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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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
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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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Sarah_B on October 24, 2017
Academic Journals and the News  

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Corali on October 24, 2017
Seeking Physical Perfection Even in the Horses Industry

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by DeborahLaroche on October 24, 2017
On July 7 of 2015, the first census on homelessness in Montreal was published explains an article  published on the CBC website on the day of the census' publication. It gives insight as to what went into the document and what the results were. The most important result was that there are more than 3,000 homeless people in Montreal, 76% of whom are men.

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by Gabriel M. on October 24, 2017
The atrocious shooting that occur every single year in America and the constant fear of murder in Chicago, New York, Miami, Las Vegas and many more major cities in the United-States propulse the gun control debate at the center of discussions. In what seems to be dividing the political right and left more and more, many call for either less or more guns for reasons of public safety. The Republicans and conservatives argue that more guns would increase the safety of communities whilst liberals and Democrats see less guns and more regulation as a more positive alternative.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Maximum98 on October 24, 2017
Heavy rainfall is coming down very rapidly on the West of Canada right now and it is causing major flooding. On October 18, an article published by Global News and written by Sean Boyton talks about the heavy rainfall in Metro Vancouver which is causing floods in the streets and trees are being knock down due to the heavy winds that came with the rain. The article specifies that about a half of a centimeter of rain fell around the region of Vancouver.

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Reply to: Medical Marijuana
4 months 3 weeks ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

Reply to: Medical Marijuana
4 months 3 weeks ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

Reply to: Medical Marijuana
4 months 3 weeks ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

Reply to: Medical Marijuana
4 months 3 weeks ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

Reply to: Medical Marijuana
4 months 3 weeks ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

Reply to: Medical Marijuana
4 months 3 weeks ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

Reply to: Medical Marijuana
4 months 3 weeks ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

4 months 3 weeks ago

Commmented by Ikumi

Thank you for your writting this essay and I could enjoy to read that.
By the way, you said that the robots can't replace the human teachers. In my opinion, that is no. Robots can replace the teachers in the future. There two things, the robots teach only facts, so the children will be not go to bad way. In addition, robots has an AI now, so they can think as humans and they have a big memorable system which is beyond human's brain. Moreover, they can teach everything that in bigdata. Bigdata is the data about everythings of human's activities. Robots can get information from there. According to these two things, I think that robots can replace the teacher in the future. However, it's maybe far in the future.

4 months 3 weeks ago

Firstly, I hope that the world will become peaceful. I agree with your opinions that the world is becoming violent again because many wars are happening in the world again and again. I think that many people in the world should not cause the wars because the wars just kill many people. Recently, many refugees have problems. Especially, most refugees run away from Syria because of the civil war. I think that solving this problem is very difficult, but many people in the world should think the way to solve the problem. I hope that the world will become peaceful. Thank you.

4 months 3 weeks ago

I agree with you. I also think computers will never replace teachers. In my opinion, As AI technique glows more and more, the risk will be high. However, only human can understand human’s feelings or emotions. Teachers usually have to consider how students feel. On the other hand, computers don’t have a heart so that they cannot understand human’s feelings. This is the reason why you thought computers shouldn’t replace teachers, right? I enjoyed reading your essay. Thanks a lot.

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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.