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Ontario’s wicked hydro problem

Management of Biosphysical Environment 2017
Ontario’s wicked hydro problem Ontario’s electricity has been a hot topic for years as it continues to pay the highest price for hydro nation-wide. According to a study conducted by the Fraser Institute, in the last decade Ontario’s electricity costs have risen 71% - a significant growth in...
KRB

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What purpose does film serve in the history classroom or in the telling of history?

Film and Modern History (Fall 2017)
For me personally, film can serve as a major tool in learning or telling history in a classroom setting. There are things lectures and slideshows are simply incapable of accomplishing that a film can accomplish on a regular basis. The first film that comes to mind that backs up this claim is Waltz...
STEPHEN KREYENBUHL

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Mining and Undermining: The Legitimacy of the UK Government in Pursuing Fracking

Management of Biosphysical Environment 2017
  In 2016, the UK government overturned a decision made by Lancashire County Council (LCC) to reject proposals made by Cuadrilla to frack for shale gas in a site near Blackpool. However, the Guardian reports that on the 27th of July 2017, Cuadrilla broke planning permissions by delivering a...
pmoseley

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Homelessness in New York City

World of Cities
This article discusses the problem of homelessness in New York City and outlines a few solutions.   New York City has a growing homelessness problem. It has reached its highest level since the 1930s with around one in every 135 adults being homeless. Around 130 thousand people are currently...
davidmurray

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40 millions pour illuminer le pont Jacques-Cartier … est-ce logique?

Centennial College - Français de base
Croyez vous que dépenser 40,000,000 dollars sur des lumières pour illuminer le pont Jacques cartiers c'est un bon investissement ou non ? L'honneur de 375e anniversaire de Montréal et le 150e de la fondation du Canada, il a été de penser $40,000,000 pour les luminaire pour l'année de la ville....
Jaquan

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Blog Post 1 "Waltz for Bashir."

Film and Modern History (Fall 2017)
2. A number of the films deal with issues of authorship and whose voice should be used in telling a story. Whose stories are being told in films (or in a specific film) we watched in class? Who should tell these stories?  As far as who should tell a story, I think the authorship all really depends...
GillianMaskell

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Everything you need to know about species conservation

Biology NYA Justine Bell
           The Society for Conservation Biology has published a very nice article that goes through every relevant aspect of species conservation. This article will lead you through the basic concepts of what is conservation of the biodiversity, why it is important and how it can be achieved. It...
frankg

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The Ultimate Way of Curation is Close to Be Reality?

Biology NYA Justine Bell
On September 1st of 2017, the science journalist John Horgan wrote an article for the “Cross-Check” blog on the Scientific American's website. This article is titled “Has the Era of Gene Therapy Finally Arrived?”  As the title of this article suggests, the subject discuss is the gene therapy. This...
Raphael Audet

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Will Killing Hate Speech Kill Freedom of Speech?

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
The article "Will Germany's new law kill free speech online?" written by Patrick Evans and posted September 17, 2017 on BBC News portrays the fear surrounding a new law in Germany. This law, called Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz, will be established in October. It would force social media to take down...
Ilias

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How fishes will help futur astronauts in space

Biology NYA Justine Bell
On September 14th 2017, Melissa Gaskill who is working at the International Space Station Program Office, wrote an article about how transparent fish called Medaka could help researchers find a solution to the bone density loss of astronauts. This phenomenon is due to the fact that in microgravity...
Tachim

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Student Writing

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Équiterre

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
Équiterre’s mission is to help people, organizations and governments to live in a more ecological way and to accelerate that change. It has many projects, like ecological horticulture, fair trade initiatives, local food production and many more. It has a global reach, as it helped a Swiss village install vegetable gardens to help urban agriculture. Équiterre says that volunteering corresponds to their core values, as it promotes solidarity.
Ilias

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Greenpeace

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
Greenpeace is an independent organization founded in 1971 in Vancouver, Canada. Its goal is to protect the environment and the biodiversity while promoting peace and advocating the cessation of nuclear threats. It has been a big voice in the environment for a long time, and still is. Its members are running a campaign to help endangered whales. That’s not their only project.
Ilias

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The Montreal Maison du Père, a place of refuge for homeless men.

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
On the Maison du Père’s “about” page they inform us of the different causes of homelessness; some of which are evident like poverty and addiction. However, some of the causes may surprise many people like mental and physical health, family problems and job unavailability due to age or qualifications. To read full list here is the link to the page. 
DeborahLaroche

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Take No Meal for Granted

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
Some people think of famine and poverty as problems by which places like Canada or Quebec aren’t affected. However, thousands of people are not getting the nutrition that they need. 
DeborahLaroche

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Accueil Bonneau: Making a difference, one person at a time.

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
The basic needs in life like shelter, food, water, etc. are often taken for granted by those of us that have never been in a situation where access to any of it has been in danger. However, for many people having a roof over their head for even a day, is a constant struggle. According to this article from the CBC, the homeless population was over three thousand people in 2015, in Montreal.
DeborahLaroche

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VertCité

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
“VertCité manages projects and offers help in sustainable development, while being a privileged resource in that subject for the population” [traduction by me]. They focus their effort in the Saint-Laurent borough by “managing an eco-shop; the event ‘Érablière Urbaine’ (urban sugar bush in French); the program ‘Quartier 21,’ which encourages local initiatives in sustainable development; and many urban agriculture projects” [traduction by me].
Ilias

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Review on "Everything you need to know about species conservation"

Biology NYA Justine Bell
You are searching information about species conservation but do not want to lose your time by reading irrelevant article? Many articles on species conservation are summarized and rated for their pertinence on News Activists. To know more about this subject, there is this short informative text entitled "Everything you need to know about species conservation" which is a great summary on the subject itself and the impact of biology on society, through species conservation.
monali99

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Canadian Collective Anti-Islamophobia

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
Canadian Collective Anti-Islamophobia   The CCAI or Canadian Collective Anti-Islamophobia is more than just an ordinary non-governmental organisation defending the views and interests of a cultural and religious minority. It is a movement with compassionate volunteers who fight against racist and discriminatory organisations and government bills such as the “Charte de la Laïcité Québécoise”.  
Gabriel M.

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Canadian Cancer Society

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
Canadian Cancer Society   The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) was founded in 1938 though many had been fighting for the organisation’s creation since 1929. Today, the organisation describes itself as a country-wide society with an army of engaged volunteers whose only objective is to aid and find a cure to those suffering from cancer.  
Gabriel M.

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Muslim Association of Canada

Flacks: Contemporary Issues-NewsActivist- Fall 2017
Muslim Association of Canada  
Gabriel M.

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When I tell people I am volunteering to help the environment, one of two reactions occur. Either they fully support me and encourage me or they tell me in despair that they don’t believe my actions will do much good in the grand scheme of things. The weird thing is, no one seems to be opposed to the idea of being environmentally conscious.

This semester, I have had two main volunteer projects ongoing. The first was the collection of signatures for a petition that aims to preserve biodiversity. The second was to help the plight of the monarch butterfly which is facing extinction.


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