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Here I am, Deborah. I am the type of girl who likes being with my friends, laughing with them as well as taking care of them. I need to admit that I have an open-mind and I always try my best to help others. I have a good sense of humour and I laugh very often to people's jokes. I love cooking vegetarian food for myself and for others. I work in a retail store as a assistant manager and I love my job. Helping my clients find outfits they feel good in is probably the part of my job that I like the most. I am an organized person who likes to have a schedule and being on time. In my future life, I would like to travel more and discover the world once I'm done with school.

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On October 17th, 2016, the CBC published an article entitled “Montreal's working poor on the rise, study finds,” talking about the fact that as prices are rising, salaries are not and many people are extremely affected by this. In fact, from 2001 to 2012, the working-poor population rose 30%. It is important to understand this isa crisis for the city of Montreal, and that somethings can be done to help those in need.   

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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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The Auberge Madeleine is a non-profit organization that provides shelter and help for homeless women of 18 and over. It helps women to focus on getting their life back together without having to worry about when is their next meal or where will they be sleeping. They had over 9000 stays since their opening. Their major project is to help as much women as they can. They are looking for different types of expertise to help them. Volunteers are precious to the organization and its residents. You can volunteer regularly or on occasional basis. They have almost 50 volunteers each year.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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I must say living in this century is coming out very difficult in many ways. Especially, to the most outspoken of us, the ones that try to make their best to express not only their beliefs but also to give us ,the population, the right to evaluate situations by having almost all the facts possible to be given. Yes, the journalists. Who are being mistreated all around the world in this right instant.  

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Venezuela is undergoing a dramatic shift that is being caused by the regime of their president, Nicolás Maduro. This crisis of malnutrition is described in an article posted on April 18th 2017, in Americas Quarterly, by Rachelle Krygier. Krygier explains that this time of “scarcity and malnutrition are a direct consequence of [the fall of the Venezuelan economy]”.

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An article written by Holly Yan, Devon M. Sayers and Steve Almasy, CNN, was posted on August 14th, 21017. On Saturday, August 13th, 2017, a rally named "Unite the Right" by Jason Kessler, was organized to protest against the removal of a statue representing a general of the confederation.

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In 2008, in Alberta, a university created a movement to spread awareness by living in the streets for a week just like homeless people do all year long. The students who do so live with the basic things a homeless person have access to such as a coat, a sleeping bag and maybe blankets. This movement became popular over the years and is now practiced here in Montreal by Concordia’s students. On March 16th, while there was a snowstorm here in Montreal, students decided to do the project anyways and were very happy of the results.

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Here I am, Deborah. I am the type of girl who likes being with my friends, laughing with them as well as taking care of them. I need to admit that I have an open-mind and I always try my best to help others. I have a good sense of humour and I laugh very often to people's jokes.

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