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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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1 week 2 days ago

I’m glad you’re taking a stand as a Caucasian male for those who are being abused by authority because of their race, it is very noble cause and I applaud you for your courage. My question to you is, do you believe that the government needs to enforce stricter punishments for law enforcement killing innocence people just because of their race? If any civilian were to kill someone because of their race on unfounded accusations they would be put in jail. So why are police offers allowed to? Where’s the equality in that?

1 week 2 days ago

I’m glad you’re taking a stand as a Caucasian male for those who are being abused by authority because of their race, it is very noble cause and I applaud you for your courage. My question to you is, do you believe that the government needs to enforce stricter punishments for law enforcement killing innocence people just because of their race? If any civilian were to kill someone because of their race on unfounded accusations they would be put in jail. So why are police offers allowed to? Where’s the equality in that?

1 week 2 days ago

I’m glad you’re taking a stand as a Caucasian male for those who are being abused by authority because of their race, it is very noble cause and I applaud you for your courage. My question to you is, do you believe that the government needs to enforce stricter punishments for law enforcement killing innocence people just because of their race? If any civilian were to kill someone because of their race on unfounded accusations they would be put in jail. So why are police offers allowed to? Where’s the equality in that?

1 week 2 days ago

Hey Justin,
Your subject seems to have lots of potential! Education is the base of every society, so any problem with it is major. However, it would have been interesting to know what countries you used to contrast with Quebec. I think Finland has a great model, and if you used it, it would have been good to note it in your abstract. Nonetheless, I think you did a good job and I hope you can keep it up during the next semester.

1 week 2 days ago

Your presentation was great, and I had to write it since I didn't say it after you did it. Your subject is really interesting, because it's a really important cause. It would be interesting to know if there is also racism in the police force by comparing the numbers of police brutality between poeple of color and white people. Overall, I think you did great and I hope you continue do so throughout cegep.

1 week 2 days ago

Your post was really good and I enjoyed reading it. I learned a lot of new things and I thought your post was very enlighting and descriptive. I agree with you 100% on what you said that adopting is so much better than shopping. I loved your video good job. It made me so happy seeing the animals being so happy. I think you should send the shelter your video and so they could promote it and raise awareness of it. Really good job.

1 week 2 days ago

This is a very interesting post, about a relevant field right now. I love how you integrated lots of pictures so we could clearly visualize the conference and workshop's atmosphere. Maybe one or two statistics could have added strength to your post, not too much to the point it is overwhelming, but just a global statistic to show, for example, how many more jobs are estimated to appear with the advancement of our technology.

1 week 2 days ago

Your post is so interesting! I actually did not know about the puppy mills, I think it is disgusting what they do to those poor animals. Your statistics were very pertinent, and you did not put too many, which makes your post even stronger. I think that your goal in this post is aware people about the issues of animal shelters surpopulation and to show solutions of how to prevent that (less puppy mills and adopt shelter pets rather than those in pet stores). Perhaps to better drawn the attention of potential readers, you should put a picture of the dogs, or you taking care of them. The reader would know, at first sight, what the post is about, without even reading the title yet. Especially nowadays images attract more than writings, people do not read until they see an image of a topic they are interested in. I think a picture inside of the shelter would help you get more attention and therefore help you aware even more people.

1 week 2 days ago

Hi there. I really loved your post and I completely agree with you, animal shelters are very important and do help a lot of animals that have been abandoned. Another organization you could look at is actually the organization that I am volunteering for, which is Engage. If you did not know, Engage works with the animal shelter you volunteered with. Engage is an organization that do hands on workshops that educates kids about animals and their behaviors. Maybe if you are interesting to see how the shelter and Engage work together, you can try to go to one of there workshops. Other than that, your post was very good.

1 week 2 days ago

Hello Justin,
I'd like to start by saying that your research paper look interesting. You got me on the part where you said that your paper will be analyzing other country's system and our system. However, I feel like there is some information missing in this abstract like what resources did you used in order to write your paper. I would have also liked if you did put the name of our system and examples of country that you used. Other than that, the topic of your research paper is very appealing. Good Job !

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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.