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Poverty is a global issue that is one of the worst, if not the worst. It is often the cause of many other problems such as access to water, health system problems and epidemic diseases. Even though living in the Western world may seem an easy thing to deal with as it is a common belief that poverty is an issue that does not touch this part of the world, many people will experience homelessness, which is a form of poverty, throughout their lives.

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In her article "Fighting Homelessness, One Smartphone at a Time" published in the New York Times on April 15, 2015, the author Claire Cain Miller describes a situation that happened last month in California. A lady called Holly Leonard describes how she finally, after years of homelessness, was able to find an apartment using her new smartphone. But how can a homeless person even own a smartphone? This is the purpose of a San Jose non-profit called the Community Technology Alliance who got Google to give her that gift.

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The task of counting all the homeless people in one city is something that may seem impossible and hard to achieve. However, as it was explained in the article Sue Montgomery: My night counting Montreal's 'residentially unstable'  written by Sue Montgomery and published on March 27, 2015 in the Montreal Gazette, on March 24th, 2015 there was a couple of hundreds of volunteers that showed up and went in the streets of Montreal to count the people that did not have a shelter for that night.

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On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, more than 1000 volunteers walked the streets of Montreal in order to count and ask questions to the homeless people that are living in the streets of the city. According to an article published on March 24, 2015 in the Montreal Gazette called “Army of volunteers carries out Montreal homeless census” written by Monique Muise who participated herself in the activity, a lot less volunteers were expected and it was a nice surprise to see all those people come for the cause.

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In June 2013, Edward Snowden revealed himself to the public as the source for the disclosure of several thousands of classified documents that reveal secret global surveillance programs, many of which are run by the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States government.  Over the following months, a small portion of these documents have been published by several news outlets. As a result, citizens of countries under surveillance were outraged and created various social movements such as Stop Watching Us.

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As published in the Montreal Gazette on March 5th, 2015 in an article called “Quebec renews $9-million investment to fight poverty” written by the journalist Geoffrey Vendeville, the Quebec government decided to renew its investment of 9 million against poverty but also social exclusion in the city of Montreal. They first wanted to reduce that budget but after many discussions they decided to give it again this year. Last year, this amount of money helped an estimation of 350,000 people in need.

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I’ve decided to talk about the volunteer opportunity that is offered at the Welcome Hall Mission in Montreal. The Welcome Hall Mission is a place where homeless people or people financially unstable or in need can go and receive some services offered generously by volunteers.

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In the past years, technology has evolved up to a point where it had the power to enter in conflict with some humans rights. The issue of cyberspying by agencies such as the NSA and the CSIS affects the entire population, which is why I believe it is important to raise the awareness of the citizens on this subject.

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    Women’s opportunities in the workplace (i.e. access to fair pay, to pay supplements, and to advancement) are limited in comparison to those of men.  This is a gender discrimination issue, as a result of the beliefs, values, and attitudes that are being promoted by workplace culture. Certainly, workplace culture promotes the status of women as subordinate to men, as evidenced by the gender pay gap between men and women.  The gender pay gap refers to the difference in pay earned by men and women.

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Despite our recent shortcomings in the global scene, Canada is still seen as a bastion for humanitarian and fair practices. With our Universal Health Care, many social programs and our relatively peaceful political decisions, Canada is seen in a positive light around the world as well as a leader in beneficial policies. However, Canada is surprisingly backwards in organ donation. Organ donations are extremely important and one person can save/improve the life of up to 5 people with each donation, yet Canada has one of the lowest rates of organ donation in the developed world.

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We must eat in order to survive. That is a fact.  Unfortunately the way we feed our self has an impact on the environment.

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Another case for gun control in the United States has come up.  A toddler in New Mexico reached into his mother’s purse to grab an iPod – but instead he pulled out a 9mm handgun.  

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On Monday January 19th 2015, the young 11 years old First Nations’ Makayla Sault died of cancer in her house. As written by Gloria Galloway in the Globe and Mail on January 19th 2015, this little girl had cancer but she was taken away from chemotherapy by her parents last year. The motives of her parents for that decision were that they are aboriginal people and they thought it was better for her healing to receive traditional treatments instead.

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In 2012, one of the campaign pledge of the french President Francois Hollande, was to create the ministry of women's rights, a promise that he used to honor until 2014 when the ministry has been repealed during a reshufle. During her short mandate, the Minister of Women's Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, was very productive, she launched for instance a plan for « True Equality Between Women and Men ». This report is extracted from the plan and reveals the key figure to understanding the health of women in France.

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asamp1 in Learning to Learn
SUNY Brockport
November 13, 2014
         Students often feel uninspired and sluggish when doing coursework. According to a recent study performed by Matthew Walker, discussed in "Naps Clear the Mind, Help You Learn" by LiveScience Staff, it was suggested taking a daily nap can greatly help you retain information. The experiment involved thirty-nine adults who were randomly placed in a nap or non-nap group. First, both groups were presented a task at noon which challenged their hippocampus, which is the region of “the brain that helps store fact-based memories” ("Naps Clear the Mind”). Both groups performed evenly.

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In an article published in August 2014 in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs called "Under Israeli Siege, Gaza's Children Must Work Lest Their Families Starve", the subject of child labor in Gaza, Palestine is explored. Considering the current political situation with Israel, there are many restrictions in Gaza which brought lower standards for quality of life, such as the amount of food that can enter Gaza.

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In the article "Why is Ebola Less Deadly in America than in Africa?", published on Vox and written by Julia Belluz, the Ebola outburst in America is discussed. In addition to this, Belluz compares the Ebola outburst in America to the African situation, where people have been exposed to it for quite a while. The author begins by explaining that Ebola is a condition where people "die from multi-system organ failure" (Beluz). She then goes on by stating that we used to believe that Ebola was incurable, but that with its appearance in America, we have realized that it is, in fact, treatable.

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The article "LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling's Racist Rant Caught On Tape: Report (UPDATES)" by Braden Goyette explains the situation in the NBA, where the LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, told his girlfriend that he did not want her to hang out with black people at basketball games, nor does he want he to post pictures with them on social media. On the tape, Sterling goes on by telling his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, who has been seen with Magic Johnson at basketball games, that he would rather she spend time with black people in private rather than in public, for the world to see.

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Even though the death penalty is abolished in the majority of the countries of the world, in some countries it is still in effect as of today. I believe that this is something that should be changed in the world, and even though major progresses have been made about this situation, it is still an important ethical problem.  

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Euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is to this day a very delicate subject to talk about. By definition, euthanasia means to end a life intentionally for the purpose of ending someone’s suffering. Right now, it is not legal for anyone to aid a person commit suicide in Canada. Nevertheless, there are debates on whether we should have a law allowing dying adult patients to demand an earlier death and it seems that many people would be in favour.

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Religious practices, and in particular prayers, have been an issue in many societies during the last few years. In his editorial published on August 30, 2014 in the Toronto Star, Ken Gallinger discusses two different point of views about this subject.

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Summary: The article “Same-Sex Marriage: An Overview”, is a neutral paper written by an American journalist named Alex K. Rich on America’s laws and policies on gay marriage. The article is divided into three sections: a brief introduction to provide context, followed by the history of the debate and finally, today’s outcome. Introduction:

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Is it ethically and morally right to test on animals for the benefits of humans?

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Torture had always been an effective way to obtain something from someone else. Therefore it had been used throughout history to whether retrieve information, get people to confess or simply as a punishment. People in ancient Rome have gone as far as making it a public event. Fortunately, since then things have change. The turning point of torture happened during the eighteenth century and now there are norms such as the Geneva Conventions and the UN Convention.

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