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Education is arguably the most valuable commodity in one’s life and, thus, should be considered an essential service. Sadly, however, its accessibility is questionable when special needs students are involved. Their integration into the classroom and society is difficult at the best of times. In fact living with a handicap makes getting an education even harder for special needs students as they feel left out of social circles and are deprived of basic educational services due to insufficient funding.

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     Over a year ago, I started volunteering on a monthly basis with Greenpeace, the Phare de Longeuil working with homeless people, and the Santropol Roulant collaborating with elderly and xenophobic people. I always really enjoyed it, but recently, I came to realize that I wanted to engage myself into a greater commitment, something that would maybe not reach a lot of people, but that could have a greater impact on one individual. I wanted to meet and share with someone experiencing a different reality, or at least, more than I was used to.

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     I just started to volunteer with the Parrainage civique Champlain of St-Hubert. The organization’s mission is to promote the development of friendship and mutual relationships between individuals with different abilities and to facilitate the integration into the community of disabled people. Their purpose is to pair a volunteer with a person marginalized by his disabilities (mental/physical disabilities). This kind of organization exists also in the form of Big Brothers and Big Sisters.  

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Of all the people who worked in the past to protect animals, Dian Fossey has been an important pillar in the domain of conservationism. Born in 1932 in San Francisco, she worked as a zoologist, an anthropologist and a primatologist specialized in gorillas during a large part of her life.

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The XXe century was a good year for the abolition of the death penalty. Canada abolished it in 1976, like a hundred other countries during this century. The United States did so in 18 of his states, which represent only 36% of all his states. In the article 'Why the death penalty is so crucial to the Boston Marathon bombing trial' written by Mark Berman on January 6 in the Washington Post, we learn that the Massachusetts, a state that abolished the capital punishment in 1984, is actually considering the possibility to derogate from the law, more than 30 years after its establishment.

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The Santropol Roulant was founded in 1955 by Chris Godsall and Keith Fitzpatrick. They were both waiters at Café Santropoul and were seeing the youths leaving Montreal in search of jobs because of the high unemployment rate in Montreal at this time. The idea of meals-on-wheels came up during these hard times with their desire to see a project run by young people. Nowadays, the Santropol became an organization providing numerous volunteer opportunities.

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José Andrés, in his article "Changing the Way We Eat Meat", describes how modern humans are no longer connected to their food as they were thousands of years ago. Written on November 26, 2014 for the National Geographic, the article compares our actual methods of production, which consist of over industrialization, to our ancestors’ processes which consisted of eating every last bit of the prey. The author does not pretend to condemn meat consumption, on the contrary, he loves eating it.

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On an article from CTV News named School Boards Have to Make Budget Choice, Says Yves Bolduc published on August 28, 2014, Quebec education minister Yves Bolduc made a controversy by saying, on August 26, to the French newspaper Le Devoir that there was enough books in school libraries. This source is reliable because, the day after, Bolduc himself went on national television to restate his position by asking librarians to spend as much on books as the previous years.

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Without surprise, we are more and more people worrying about climate change. Without surprise because considering the major energy sources we still use: coal, oil and gas, we are far from a green planet and our international objective of keeping the Earth’s temperature increase under 2%. In 2012, fossil fuels emitted 34.5 billion metric tons of CO² and coal itself produces each year approximately 39% of global CO². Its popularity is not declining in countries like China because it is the cheapest energy source to employ.

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           Fur hat, fur boots, fur coat, are all cozy for the cold Canadian winter. The real question is, do we need it? Is it worth the life of an animal for materialistic items that could be replaced by a non-killing method of obtaining the same products and result? As Gabriel Wildgen described in his article “Opinion: It`s time for Canada to ban fur farming” published in the Montreal Gazette November 20, 2014, proves how irrational an entire country can be to accept it the "Fur Farm Industry".

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As human beings, we tend to surround ourselves with fondness and affection, as far as it is possible. This is one of the reason why we find 74 million cats and 69.9 million dogs in American households only. But what if this need for love becomes obsessive and starts to threat the welfare of other beings? The topic of owning exotic pets is an open debate in the United States, where 66% of animals’ owners turn out to be individuals, in comparison with 28% and 6% for zoos and circuses respectively.

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On an article untitled Puppy mill uncovered on a farm in Quebec’s Eastern Township published on May 24, 2014, CBC News describe one of many situations regarding animal cruelty in Quebec. This source is reliable because CBC News is a renowned media, and, also, because the same information concerning this particular event can be found in many other online journals. This particular case takes place in the farm Les P’tites Pattes Poilues at Bonsecour, a little community located between the cities of Sherbrooke and Granby.

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