Introduction to Geography (0001)

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This is an introductory course to the concepts, methods and major topcis in Geography. As a social science course, the focus is on Human Geography. The course surveys the main sub-disciplines of Human Geography - urban, culture, economic, population, and human-environment. There is also a component on mapping. The course aim to make students think critically about themselves in places and about the construction of space and place, especially at different scales.

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by thomas.fog on February 28, 2014
On January 15th 2014, four days after Neil Young performed at Massey Hall in Toronto as he began his "Honour the Treaties" tour, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation announced new litigations against the government. With proceeds from the concerts going towards the fight against the expansion of the oil sands, the famous rock icon has once again put himself in the limelight as he sparked controversy with his criticisms towards the oil sands.

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by mandeep on February 28, 2014
The Tour Against Tar Sands. 

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by vivar13 on February 28, 2014
Last fall of 2013 a Canadian artist, Neil Young, and other natives artist carried out an ‘Honour the Treaties’ tour. Their goal is not only to fight the oil sands development but also to raise awareness about the aboriginal rights in Northern Alberta. However, as good and moral as it may seem but as of today we live in a world where money is set above everything else. The truth is that our world is run by money, though money does not buy happiness but it sure does make life a lot easier.

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by olivia.cadogan on February 28, 2014
     The Athabasca oil sands are the third largest crude bitumen deposits in the World, behind Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, located in Alberta, Canada.  Nearly 1,300,000 barrels of oil are extracted and produced everyday, under expensive and hazardous methods of extraction.  As well as the dangers the oil sands pose on the environment, they also cause great health and safety impacts on the Chipewyan aboriginals that inhabit the territory.  In an attempt to halt the operations in the Athabasca oil sands and give the aboriginal communities a voice, Neil Young, a Canadian singer known for

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by richardson on February 28, 2014
Neil Percival Young, born November 12, 1945, is a Canadian songwriter and musician. Starting the 70’s Neil young started to direct a number a films, this is where we see the beginning of his environmental career. He is now well kwon for his “Honor the Treaties” tour which began January 12 in Toronto. This tour was in general aimed against the Alberta oil sands and other factors in relation to it. The main reason for the tour was to oppose the idea of building a pipeline in the aboriginals land and to respect the treaty, henceforth the tour name, “Honour the Treaties”.

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by brenda.collazos on February 28, 2014
Canadian singer, Neil Young, stands up straight when it comes to defending the morals he believes in. His newly launched tour entitled "Honor The Treaties" is his way of expressing his thoughts about the disruption of the First Nations' lands and the distruction of the environment. This subject caused quite the confusion among hundreds of North Americans as it has a huge controversy. On one hand you have the integrity of the Natives and preservation of our environment and on the other, you have the Canadian economy boosting thanks to the Athabasca oil sands.

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by StefanieRagan on February 28, 2014
Neil Young’s controversial “Honor the Treaties” tour that took place in the fall of 2013, augmented the voice of aboriginal communities and assisted the Honor the Treaties organization to raise money for their legal challenges with respect to the Albertan oil sand expansion project and environmental destruction. While some argue that the oil sands expansion project is an economic driver and that Neil Young is contracting himself through his actions, I support this tour as it promotes a positive effect on environmental aspects, social aspects and economic aspects.

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by KCharko on February 28, 2014
Neil Young’s “Honour the Treaties” tour happened in the Fall of 2013, and the main goal behind it was to amplify the voices of the Indigenous people. In doing so, he became the biggest promoter for himself.  

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by emylie labrosse on February 28, 2014
  The oil sands in Alberta are and will be a tremendous environmental problem, a danger for the future generations and doesn't honour the land given to the native. This is why I am for the ‘Honor the Treaties’.   

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by E.roy on February 28, 2014
Although several people are in favour of Neil Young’s “Honour the Treaties” tour, which aims in defending the Athabasca’s First Nation communities by preventing the expansion of oil sand development on their reserve, many see past Young’s ignorance towards the importance oil sand industry.  Not only has Young refused to meet with the representatives of the oil industry when given the opportunity to speak against the expansion, but completely disregards the dependency the population has on the Athabasca oil sands; the second largest oil reserve in the world.

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by Fredrich on February 28, 2014
A very famous activist against the exploitation of the oil sands in Alberta is the Canadian musician Neil Young. Even though he lives in the United States, he is very engaged to support the First Nations and to protect their reservations. He personally went to the oil sands to see the impacts of the industry on the lands. Half a year ago (fall 2013), he organized a tour across Canada with the title "Honour the Treaties". The purpose of this activity was to raise money and to donate it in order to protect the reservations of the indigenous tribes.

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by LucaCiale on February 28, 2014
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by Travis_McG on February 28, 2014
The oil sands in Alberta can’t stop the flow of oil. However, there are five major areas where we limit ecological damages such as reducing the overall water usage of the plants, establishing large areas of boreal forest that are off-limits, clamping down on the level of acidifying emissions, dry tailings instead of wet and carbon capture/storage. I support the Athabasca Chipewyan indigenous people’s fight against the expansion of the Athabasca oil sands.

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by SAnderson on February 27, 2014
            Neil Young, a Canadian icon and legend has recently headlined a tour entitled “Honor the Treaties”. The tour is basically a direct attack at the Alberta oil sands and to give voice to aboriginals who have apparently been treated unfairly or more precisely Fort McMurray which, according to Young, “looks like Hiroshima”. The controversy around this tour was and still is enormous. Personally I think Neil Young should just go back to his home, which isn’t actually in Canada, and just give back his Canadian citizenship while he’s at it.

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by lshillin on January 31, 2014
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by lshillin on January 31, 2014
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by lshillin on January 31, 2014
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Laura Shillington is Faculty in the Department of Geosciences at John Abbott College in Montréal. She has been at John Abbott since 2013. Prior to that she taught at Carleton University and Concordia University.

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