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 Rice on October 23, 2017
On March 22,2016,Nachshon Goltz,from Canada-United States Law Journal wrote about how we Canadians could seriously benefit from the legalization of recreational marijuana. In this article he first develops on the smoking patterns in Canada.Goltz demonstrates that the use of marijuana is widespread amongst canadians and that the current system in place is thus not an effective deterrent.

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by boi on October 23, 2017
In the article titled “Greenpeace faults many tech giants for environment impact, it is revealed that Greenpeace issued a report containing various information including the gas emission ratings of 17 companies. Some of these companies include tech giants such as Samsung and Amazon. According to the report, most of the biggest companies did not stand by their agreement to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses and some are actually polluting even more.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Hannah on October 23, 2017
Despite the modern view of China as an industrialized mass polluter, historically, this Far Eastern country has always focused on sustainability. Recently, a return to the Confucian value of sustainability has been making its mark on the Chinese fashion industry, as Clay Hales reports in Business of Fashion on October 11th, 2017.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by she2lby on October 23, 2017
In large companies, it is a benefit for some to be unionized because this means they’re protected from being laid off or mistreated by their employers. But, being unionized doesn’t mean it makes anything easier for them, in terms of having a fair treatment. Sometimes it means that the workers must negotiate, but when that doesn’t work, they strike!

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Alisoncampbell on October 23, 2017
October 17th 2017, The McGill Daily said in an article that Montreal was the second worst city in Canada for air pollution. It is the second most polluted right behind the town of Sarnia, Ontario. Sarnia, Ontario is an industrial city which explains why it would be number one. The World Health Organization (WHO) is the creator of the ranking of the most polluted cities of Canada. Although Montreal has a low ranking Canada still ranks third in the world for air quality according to the same organization.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by lulumgomes on October 23, 2017
The article “The Silicon Valley Suicides”, written by Hanna Rosin and posted December 2015 on The Atlantic, investigates the high rate of suicide among teenagers in the city of Palo Alto in particular. The investigation started after a suicide cluster, that is numerous death occurred in close succession and proximity, followed the suicide of Cameron Lee.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by danielam on October 22, 2017
The news article “Penguins die in 'catastrophic' Antarctic breeding season” by BBC talks about a tragic incident that is happening in the Arctic due to global warming. It was reported that “all but two Adelie penguin chicks starved to death” due to the high amount of ice that appeared late in the season and as a result, the chicks could not find food to eat. The adults did survive as they are better prepared and are able to walk further in order to find food for themselves.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Nathalie on October 22, 2017
On October 17 2017, Gabriel Olawale published an article, “Childhood Cancer: Our Pain as Mothers”, about Nigerian mothers recounting their child's’ story of battling cancer at the book launch of “Childhood Cancer Handbook Series” by The Dorcas Cancer Foundation. In Nigeria, there is a lag in the care for those diagnosed with cancer. According to Dr.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by lulumgomes on October 21, 2017
A lot of stigma is attached to the term “mental health”, somehow when it comes to mental illness, society loses all empathy towards sufferers. However, mental health is as important as physical health and we must stop stigmatizing this disease and stop diminishing the people affected by it.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by danielam on October 21, 2017
        As the climate continues to change, more and more people are concerned about the future and they are encouraged to take action and try to improve the environment. On October 15, 2017, there was a Zero Waste Festival where 50 exhibitors sold “Zero Waste” items like clothes, food, and cosmetics. 3,700 people attended this festival and learned about this ideology and how they could implement it in their own lives. Many organizations are created for the purpose of taking action and improving the environment we live in.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Justin on October 20, 2017
n a previous post, the drop rate of Quebec's schools was adressed, and it was obvious that something is off with our system. As many causes were identified, one of them for sure is that school doesnt stimulate the interrest from kids/teenagers. This organization wants to help the development of children both with school and life, with free help for basic needs, interactive games to help learning, and provide healthcare.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Justin on October 20, 2017
In a previous post, the drop rate of Quebec's schools was adressed, and it was obvious that something is off with our system. As many causes were identified, one of them for sure is that school doesnt stimulate the interrest from kids/teenagers. This organization aims to break isolation and help giving a better quality of life to kids who go to school in a more deprived environment.  La Maison Des Familles:  maisondesfamilles.ca  

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Justin on October 20, 2017
In a previous post, the drop rate of Quebec's schools was adressed, and it was obvious that something is off with our system. As many causes were identified, one of them for sure is that school doesnt stimulate the interrest from kids/teenagers. In this post, there will be a link to an organization for volunteer work, to help kids with their homework and participation in school.   Atelier850: http://atelier850.ca/  

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Maximum98 on October 19, 2017
The red cross is an organization where their mission is “to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world”. If you are interested in volunteering with the Red Cross you will to follow this link : http://www.redcross.ca/volunteer/contact-us and fill out a form so they can give you more information about volunteering opportunities.

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by Maximum98 on October 19, 2017
On September 12th 2017, the Globe and Mail uploaded an article by the Canadian press about the new measures that Quebec has implemented to help the victims of the west Island floods that happened last spring. If you are looking to help the victims of this tragedy, here is a non-profit organization you can reach out to. It is called the West Island Mission.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Maximum98 on October 19, 2017
The west Island floods that hit last spring are still affecting the victims to this day. An article published on October 7th by CTV news talks about how experts from around the world were meeting together to talk about the flooding while the victims of the flooding are still mad at the government for their intervention. Looking at this disaster, I have found a non-profit organization that can help the victim or the area. It is called the West Island Assistance Fund.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Sarah_B on October 17, 2017
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.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Sarah_B on October 17, 2017
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.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Sarah_B on October 17, 2017
The FFQ aims for equality and justice between men and women. The organization wants to erase violence, discrimination, marginalization and exclusion of women in Quebec, Canada. It was founded in 1966 and people joining the FFQ have been growing ever since. Their headquarters are located in Montreal. They have a lot of project but it mainly consists on doing conferences and walk. Their most famous campaign is “12 Days without Violence against Women”. It is 12 days in which group of women goes around their town in Quebec to take action and sensitize people.

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1 year 7 months ago

Commented by Ikumi
Thank you for your writtng for this essay, and I could enjoy reading your's. By the way, your thesis statement is "Robots shouldn't raplace the teachers. ". However, in my opinion, teachers will be replaced the robots in the future. Some laboratories are tring to make new robots which contains AI. AI with unlimited hiden potentials, because they can learn everything from anything and they can save some knowledges on the bigdata. Sometimes teachers makes some mistakes and some children hates them, but robots doesn't make mistakes and they are not hated by children.
How do you think about AI in the future?

Thank you

Reply to: Foreign part timer
1 year 7 months ago

I think that working in a convenience store is not easy. Also, foreigners should not think that they do not need to be polite just because they work in a convenience store. I have met people who are not polite, so I do not really like the impression the black sheeps are giving to the public. There are also foreigners who come to work in Japan, so that they have enough money to send back to their countries. Many foreigners work in convenience stores, perhaps, but they all come from different backgrounds.

1 year 7 months ago

I think that Japan is improving these days. For example, when I take JR trains, I have realised that there are more wheelchaired passengers. The accessibility has improved, thus making it easier for them to travel around. Japan is slowly improving, with different ideas to deal with different issues. Although pregnant ladies are sometime discriminated in trains, new concepts are being created to make travelling more comfortable and easier for them.

1 year 9 months ago

Very interesting subject to look into Max ! I don't know much about the floods in Pierrefonds-Roxboro last May, but I come from a region where spring and floods come together; the Gaspé Coast. The raising water levels accompanied by the high tides literally create a natural phenomenon that is unstoppable. I've seen wharfs, restaurants, and whole family homes leave with the waves below their owners' eyes. All this is to say that, in fact, "moving" a town further away from the coast is actually being done here. A set of targeted businesses, buildings, and homes that were judged "at risk" are being moved backwards from the coastline to a place that assures them a safe future. In all, I have no doubt your article is very informative !

1 year 9 months ago

Very intriguing topic Justin ! I find it important for us to look around the world at what is happening to find inspiration. That can bemdone in the health, education, and business sectors to name a few. I agree with you that our education system is structured in a way that makes schooling an obligation for kids. This can be seen as a push/pull strategy...whereas the government nowadays pushes our education on kids. While researchers on the topic, like you, and trying to find solutions that will attract children towards education without being pushed in such a system.

1 year 9 months ago

Hi Nathalie,
In fact, I am not Caucasian, but I feel it's always good to take others' point of view. To explain my point, I wanted to know if their is some kind of systemic racism that numbers could back up. If it is the case, measures should be taken to avoid it. We assume that the justice system is perfect, but there are many breaches that systemic racism can profit off. There should be, without a doubt for me, harsher punishments for abuse from a policeman caused by racism if we can prove it. Anyway, I want police brutality to be abolished as soon as possible, and if one of the ways to achieve that goal is to attack racism in the police forces, then it should absolutely be taken into account. Overall, I think we both want that to end, don't you?

1 year 9 months ago

Your project was definitely one of my favorites! It was a very creative and fun way to get people involved in helping the environment. If you plan on doing this event next semester, which I totally encourage you to, I would try to make some posters or some small cards that are given after a purchase that would tell people about the positive impacts this is having on the environment. This way not only will you be helping the environment, but you will also be raising awareness to this important issue. Other than that, I think your project was great and I definitely learned something new after reading your post!

1 year 9 months ago

I want to start off by saying that it is noticeable that this project is important to you and that it was not chosen at random! Your description about the organization Moisson Rive-Sud was complete and gave us a clear idea to what is like to volunteer with them. I also wanted to say that the symbolism behind your painting is beautiful, i feel like every little detail was thought out (even the drawing style of the flower, as a shout out to your mom). Your post really gives a personal perspective of this issue, if you are interested in learning more about the causes of homelessness I would recommend looking at mental health within homeless people. In fact, one third of homeless persons are affected by serious mental illness (https://mentalillnesspolicy.org/consequences/homeless-mentally-ill.html) and I think it is an important subject to be discussed.

1 year 9 months ago

What a cool project! I knew that fashion industry had a negative impact on the planet but never knew that it was that bad. Your idea was definitely out of the ordinary and really cool. I really wish we would have been told about it. Maybe there could have been more advertising for it around the school? And if there was I must have missed it. That is a problem with organizing small activities at Champlain, there aren't much advertising opportunities. If this is a project you plan to do again next year or even next semester it should be something done over a long period of time with much advertising so that comes the date, people will know about it for sure!

1 year 9 months ago

What a cool project! I knew that fashion industry had a negative impact on the planet but never knew that it was that bad. Your idea was definitely out of the ordinary and really cool. I really wish we would have been told about it. MAybe there could have been more advertising for it around the school? And if there was I must have missed it. That is a problem with organizing small activities at Champlain, there aren't much advertising opportunities. If this is a project you plan to do again next year or even next semester it should be something done over a long period of time with much advertising so that comes the date, people will know about it for sure!

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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.