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The Co-Existence of French and English in Québec

Contemporary Issues/NewsActivist 2017: Champlain, Saint-Lambert
Patrice Bergeron wrote an article for La Presse, a francophone journal, entitled ‘’Le Québec peut aussi parler au monde en Anglais, dit Lisée’’*. This article was published on February 1, 2017, and the following is a summary of Bergeron’s text (

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Public Money for Research on Rare Diseases: Is it Fair?

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 18)
Governments most often invest in public medical research programs that are likely to benefit the large majority of the population. This puts research for rare diseases at a disadvantage, as the private pharmaceutical industry is reluctant in investing in research that would not result in a...
Carte Blanche

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A Solution to the Abandoned and Rabid

Contemporary Issues/NewsActivist 2017: Champlain, Saint-Lambert
As a citizen of Montreal, Quebec, I do not come across many stray animals and it always comes as a shock to me when I see the abandoned cats and dogs in places that I have visited such as; Cuba and Greece, which always leaves me feeling a pang in my heart. The article, “Animal Welfare: Why Dogs Are...
Julia G.

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The Volkswagen Scandal: An Engineer’s Dilemma

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 18)
              Volkswagen had always been a reputed brand – promoting “the people’s car” as well as their low gas emissions – until 2015, when a scandal erupted regarding the company’s fraud in emission tests in the US. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discovered a software installed in...

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Setting the Moral Laws on LAWS

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 18)
With the rapid advancement and proliferation of weapon technology, machines are increasingly beginning to replace humans on the battlefield. Many now consider robotics technology – Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems that have the ability to choose how and when to attack – as the future of warfare....

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Programing ethics an AI

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 18)
                Over the last few years there has been an increasingly intense debate of over the ethical viability of self-driving cars, which is a symptom of a larger debate on artificial intelligence and putting computer in positions of power. The progress that has been happening in the field of...

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Forever a Child: the Ethical Dilemma of the Ashley Treatment in Severely Disabled Children

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 18)
In October 2006, Daniel F. Gunther and Douglas S. Diekema published a medical case report of a “6-year-7-month-old white female” (Gunther 1014) patient named Ashley that outlined her physiological condition and the program used to treat her, now known as the Ashley Treatment. The case report...

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The Chimera Conundrum

Media Ethics (Winter 2017, section 3)
In late January 2017, geneticists at the Salk Institute in California announced a breakthrough for regenerative science: the successful creation of human-pig hybrids called chimeras. The creation of these organisms involved integrating human stem cells into embryonic pigs, and after several weeks...

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Can You Find the Truth?

Contemporary Issues/NewsActivist 2017: Champlain, Saint-Lambert
A summary of “Students Have 'Dismaying' Inability To Tell Fake News From Real, Study Finds” By: Camila Domonoske   In an article about students and their ability to recognise fake news, Camila Domonoske relays a sobering discovery made by a research team from Stanford. The study asked “middle...

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Law Trumps Freedom.

Contemporary Issues/NewsActivist 2017: Champlain, Saint-Lambert
On January 29, Liam Stack wrote an article called “Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration: What We Know and What We Don’t” for the New York Times. In it, he talks about the consequences of President Trump’s newest executing order affecting the immigration system such as banning residents from Iraq...

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It's just a Burger King sandwich

Gendered World Views (Winter 2017, section 8)
In today’s society, advertisements have gone way too far. From food ads to clothing ads, they all convey a negative and unrealistic image of our society and especially of women. A great example of a problematic advertisement had been published by Burger King. The “It’ll blow your mind away” ad is very controversial due to its objectification of women. 

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Misogyny Does Not Sell

Gendered World Views (Winter 2017, section 8)
Unilever is an Anglo-Dutch company based in the UK and the Netherlands. Among the many products Unilever produces, it is the advertising for their personal care product, Lynx Dry Antiperspirant Spray that has seen much backlash. Simply put, the ad is a terribly sexist representation of women today. The ad prominently features a woman half nude in a kitchen putting a turkey in the oven. This instantly conveys the cliché message that women “belong in the kitchen”.

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Naked Ladies... and Eyewear?

Gendered World Views (Winter 2017, section 8)
In the advertisement by Tom Ford, a naked woman is seen combing a man’s hair. He is well-dressed, in a suit and bowtie, while flaunting Tom Ford’s designer glasses. He looks directly into the camera, while the female model’s gaze is downturned, seemingly concentrating on perfecting the pristine part in his hairline. What is particularly eye-catching is her half-exposed breasts and her obvious tan line. There are multiple sexist messages implied within the ad.

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Pantytime: Anything but a Fun Time

Gendered World Views (Winter 2017, section 8)
American Apparel is a clothing company known for its scandalous and provocative advertisements featuring young, mostly female, scantily clad models. Several of its advertisements have been criticized for their vulgarity and the negative implicit messages they transmit. One particular advertisement for underwear released in 2006 features a rear view of a woman kneeling on a bed in her underwear and knee-high socks.

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Analyzing an Ad: Women in the Media

Gendered World Views (Winter 2017, section 8)
    Analyzing an Ad: Women in the Media  

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Its Time to Analyze What We See!

Gendered World Views (Winter 2017, section 8)
       For as long as we can remember, society has taught us about gender. Through a variety of forms of media, we have learnt how men and women should look and behave. Advertisements play a major role in educating society on gender identity. Though this may seem harmless, we tend not to analyze the messages we are told in detail. What is it exactly that we are being taught to think in regards of gender identity? The denim jeans advertisement by Alexander Wang is as example that shows how advertisements corrupt society’s perception of gender identities.

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Buy the Woman, Get a Car.

Gendered World Views (Winter 2017, section 8)
In 2008, the world-famous German automaker BMW released an ad for its pre-owned vehicle division that came under much criticism. The focal point of the ad is a close-up picture of an attractive woman making a seductive face at the camera. Below that, the tagline reads: “You know you’re not the first”. In its proper context this statement refers to the reader not being the first to drive a pre-owned BMW, and the sexual connotations of the tagline refer to the reader not being the first to engage in sexual activities with the woman, but both imply that the reader would enjoy it anyway.

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The Money Lust

Contemporary Issues Winter 2017 - Centennial College
The Money Lust   Poaching is defined by illegally capturing wildlife animal around the world. This causes a great impact towards both economic and environmental social aspects. Poaching occurs mostly in Africa as the wild animals, such as elephants, are being hunted for their husks containing ivory. This brings a great deal of money towards the black market but damages the environment in exchange mainly causing certain species to go extinct. This article will hopefully lead the readers to fully understand what poaching is and why it is such an important illegal activity.

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Food packaging: A life saver invention or not ?

Contemporary Issues/NewsActivist 2017: Champlain, Saint-Lambert
Since my previous post, I realized I was concerned about the food packaging in our world. I have learned a lot about the chemicals inside the food wrappers and how they were associated with cancer and other important health issues. It leads me to wonder how food packaging was dealt with around the world and what do we think about it in Québec as well. Does food packaging really prevent waste? It might contain chemicals, but I want to research more about the real purpose of food packaging.   

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Destined to Be His Toy

Gendered World Views (Winter 2017, section 8)
When thinking of shower gels, hygiene and cleanliness are typically the first words that come to mind. However, Axe’s promotion of its new grooming product will make you think otherwise. According to its advertisement published in 2012, “the cleaner you are, the dirtier you get.”  

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