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The Potential of Bitcoin to Become the New Standard Transaction System Author: Simon Cochrane (Student in Newsactivism at Champlain College St-Lambert)

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The organisation that I volunteered for is called Centre St-Vincent-de-Paul.  For nearly forty years, this organisation has been selling second hand furniture to families and people who do not have the financial luxury to pay for top price merchandise. With the help of kind-hearted and devoted volunteers, the organisation’s goal is to collect donations from people, and sell it at affordable prices.

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Among the modern issues that we are now facing, one that is less talked about is the addiction of prescribed drug. The importance of this issue is underestimated because it is less discussed and mediated than non prescribed drug abuse. However, this is a huge mistake because it is a very common type of addiction knowing that more and more people are under medication. This essay discusses about this problem and raises the awareness of it. In order to get information about it, I consulted three different academic journals from three different disciplines.

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When we talk about sexual assault and violence, we immediately associate the victims of this crime as women and the perpetrators as men. While this is true in the majority of the cases, statistics show that 10% of rape victims in the U.S. are male (RAINN, 2009). The NewsActivist post Men Can't Be Raped described a case where a female security guard sexually molested a 15-year old boy.

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An organization called “Kids Help Phone”, allows individuals to contact professional counselors, day or night, 365 days a year. These counselors provide support and advice for all sorts of problems, no matter how big or how small the problem is.

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In the article “Teen Depression – Boys” by Ellen Mcgrath published on July 01, 2002 - last reviewed on May 21, 2007, the author discusses the mental health issue of depression in teen boys.

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 In the first chapter of “Handbook of Depression in Children and Adolescents” by John R.Z Abela and Benjamin L. Hankin, entitled Causes, Treatment and Prevention, the authors explore the issue of depression in our modern society, indeed claiming that depression rates in children and adolescents have been going only up, and that at age 14, 9% of adolescents have reported a severe episode of depression (Lewinsohn, Hops, Roberts, Seeley & Andrews, 93).

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More and more in society, we are seeing young people suffering from extreme anxiety, being diagnosed with forms of clinical depression, and, in some cases, even committing suicide. In many of these instances, past sexual relationships are what are at the root of these unfortunate down-ward spirals in young adults. Where is this system going wrong?

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Many western countries are facing the problem of an increasing divorce rate.  This is unfortunate but it brings about other problems as well.  One of these problems is the effect of joint custody on children.  This means that children are being raised by both parents separately in short periods of time throughout their adolescent years.  A study was done to measure the psychological wellbeing of adolescents through the Leuvens Adolescents and Families Project (LAGO) where 1800 children under joint custody were interviewed each year.  There were many results to this depending on how the cust

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Would a law allowing us students to drink legally, stop us from drinking as much? Let me know what you would do! The current twenty-one law has been in affect since 1980 and has led to a decline in many public problems such as dwi related deaths in adults. This age law, however, is also thought to create problems such as over-alcohol consumption by underage Americans. Furthermore, it is thought that since the law is illegal for people, and more specifically college students to drink, that this leads them to do it more often; this leads to problems such as alcohol poisoning from binge drinking and violation of the law.

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Bullying is defined as the process of intimidating or mistreating somebody weaker or in a more vulnerable situation than yourself. There has been an increased number of media reports on the affects of bullying on LGBT teenagers, some of the most extreme cases of bullying have lead to suicide and other self harm in young people. Brian Koenig of the k12 association, and co-authors take a look at the affect of homophobic teasing on high school students. They also research what influence parents and school climate have on bullying.

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For my final project in this Newsactivism class, I have decided to write an academic paper on the mental health of teen boys. I was inspired to write about this subject after writing my superpost, which talked about the same subject. I has summarized three articles about this subject and found it so interesting that I wanted to expand on it. What first interested me was the fact that more people pay attention to teen girl’s mental health problems.

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The article “Like Chris Brown, This Teenaged Black Boy is Struggling with the Normalization of His Rape” by Kirsten West Savali looks into an unusual case of rape in Virginia. Patience Perez was a security guard at Renaissance Academy when she approached a 15 year old boy, who desires to remain unnamed, and gave him her phone number and e-mail address.

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In the article "Teen spirit raises its voice" by Jay Stone, three women, Liane Balaban, Kathleen Munroe and Nicola Spunt join together and in honor of their teenage years, to which the soundtrack was "Smells like teen spirit" and create Bloom: A Celebration of Teen Spirit and the Arts. I am summarising this article in preperation for an academic paper about mental health and teenagers. Although the article was fairly short and won't be included in my sources, I find it important, when writing a paper, to stay connected to the issue concerned in the media.

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The article " Viewpoint: Is macho culture causing young men to take their own lives?" by Jonny Benjamin explores how the author's personal experience with suicidal thoughts and how he nearly took his own life, but was saved by a stranger and how this problem is still prevalent in society. Benjamin recounts his own experience, then brings up some statistics to prove that he is not alone, stating that in the past 30 years, the number of females taking their own lives has nearly halfed, whereas the number of males taking their own life has increased.

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16 percent of our nation's homelessness population possesses a mental illness as well. Is right to give them permanent housing and keep them off the streets?

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In my recent article “Depression in Teen Boys: A Real Problem” I explored the issue of mental health in teen boys, and I will continue to explore related issues in my upcoming articles. This is why I chose Maryse Mitchell-Brody, a social worker based in New York City.

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In my recent article “Depression in Teen Boys: A Real Problem” I explored the issue of mental health in teen boys, and I will continue to explore related issues in my upcoming articles. This is why I chose Maryse Mitchell-Brody, a social worker based in New York City.

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The Department of Psychology from Loyola Marymount University has studied the correlation between the effect of hooking up and alcohol in the college atmosphere.

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APAMM (Association des parents et amis de la personne atteinte de la maladie mentale) has been active in the South Shore since 1981, this organization aims to regroup the friends and family of a person who has mental health problems and offer them support and resources to help them through their difficult time. The organization’s hopes for this year is to continue their current project and ensure their success as well as establishing support groups to continue the aid given to those affected by mental health problems.

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This article focuses on how although the education system is changing quickly and making rapid switches from paper to portable devices in efforts to focus on individual-based style learning, it is important to remember that the one thing in education that hasn’t changed is the teachers wanting to help each child individually. As time has gone on the best way to do this is by using technology because the technology can cater to every child’s needs. If the technology helps the children who are excelling then the teachers are now able to help the children who are struggling.

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When we hear stories or read articles about teen depression, there is often a heavy emphasis put on girls. This emphasis is often due to self-esteem issues teen girls have when comparing themselves to impossibly skinny supermodels that embody our society’s image of an attractive woman. Furthermore, teen girls are often more expressive, not only vocally but also with their body language about their depression. I choose to focus more on what makes teen boys depressed because I feel that it is important to take both genders in account when studying an illness.

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Making all public college tuition free would cost significantly less than what our federal government currently spends on tax breaks and financial aid alone.

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I discuss how Colorado and Washington made the new laws for legalization of marijuana and what the new laws consist of. I also talk about the authors main point in her article.

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For many years, people have been concerned about the fate of the music industry as more and more internet users download or stream songs illegally.  Since the arrival of Netflix and similar services, it is the movie industry that is being targeted.  When I came across the article linked below, it made me reflect on the way Netflix is starting to revolutionize the film industry and its economy.  My family and I use the service and enjoy it. Should Netflix and similar services exist?

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The article “Marois promises ‘white paper’ on Quebec’s future at election-style rally” by Kevin Dougherty published on February 6th 2014 by the Montreal Gazette deals with the can of worms that is the referendum on Quebec sovereignty. Marois, Quebec’s current Premier stated that a referendum will happen, but only if Quebecers want one.

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Sometimes, negligible elements can cause accidents and deaths.  Everyday life actions can become dangerous if we don't pay enough attention to them. Anne Sutherland and Michelle Lalonde explained in The Gazette one of these events that happened in Montreal on January 30, 2014. This accident causes the death of a 48 years-old women while she was going down the escalator in the metro station. Her scarf got caught at the end of the escalator. When she tried to free herself, her hair got also caught and she died of strangulation a few minutes later.

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The article “Q&A: Scottish independence referendum” written by Andrew Black and published by BBC Scotland on November 26th 2013 deals with the Scottish separatist movement and the details surrounding the fall 2014 referendum in a Q&A format. The referendum will take place on September 18th 2014, coinciding with the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Banockburn, a victory for the Scots during the wars of independence.

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A recent article published in the Toronto Star has author Keith Beaty debriefing us on how death can have a silver lining. Mother Eya Kotulsky was deeply saddened with grief after the loss of her son in 2004. Following his death, she decided to turn the situation around by signing his donor’s card. Although his organs were worthless, his tissue, corneas, bones, knee and ankle joints were able to be donated.

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Megan Griffith-Greene posted an article on the Montreal CBC news online, “Sports drinks unnecessary, counterproductive for most people” on January 31st, 2014. This article explains how many of us intake energy drinks after doing our workouts. However, it is proven that the energy drinks do not necessarily benefit everyone. A CBC marketplace research shows that most Canadians have an energy drink after their workout; however they do not need one. Energy drinks are not needed for those who workout at an average level for their age.

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From time to time, we see something so shocking and awful that we wonder what our generation has become. We see a million things, from stories we hear to events that happen that are outrageous. Well this week a new app on itunes and google play targeting little girls was created. The purpose of this app was to perform plastic surgery on models. This created a major wake up call to multiple people across the world.

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In the article “Defibrillators may be hard to find in emergencies: CBC investigation” written by Megan Griffith-Greene and published by CBC news on November 29th 2013 explains the everyday risks that we take by not being aware of the nearest Automatic Emergency Defibrillators (AEDs), if there are any. There are guidelines and requirements put in place by emergency responders for many emergencies; fires, shootings and bomb alerts.

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In the article “Thailand Protesters Force shut Down of Polling Stations” by The Associated Press, published by the CBC on January 26th 2014, the political scene of pre-election Thailand’s troubles with protesters is described. January 26th was Thailand’s advance election in preparation for next week’s general election. In the country’s capital, Bangkok, dozens of polling stations were besieged by anti-government protesters preventing other citizens from voting.

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In the article “Thailand Protesters Force shut Down of Polling Stations” by The Associated Press, published by the CBC on January 26th 2014, the political scene of pre-election Thailand’s troubles with protesters is described. January 26th was Thailand’s advance election in preparation for next week’s general election. In the country’s capital, Bangkok, dozens of polling stations were besieged by anti-government protesters preventing other citizens from voting.

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In the article “Montreal prepared for incident involving crude oil, official says” published in the Montreal Gazette by Monique Beaudin on January 7th, 2014, the safety of rail lines transporting crude oil through the city of Montreal is questioned after the tragic events that transpired last July at Lac-Mégantic.

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The purpose of this article is to show the improvements that china is slowly make to improve the living conditions of its population. China Hints that they are planning to make these changes in the next couple of months. One of the main points that is made in the article is that they were going to be less strict about the one child policy. Now, both parents that are an only child are eligible to have a second child.

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This article by the BBC, "Hundreds of Syrian refugees 'denied entry into Jordan'" highlights the tightening border restrictions imposed upon Syrians trying to escape their country. Jordanian officials have responded by saying "Refugees that reach our borders are allowed in, in accordance with international law and Jordan's historical position of providing safety to those who seek it,” Furthermore, Amnesty International has called the situation "Unacceptable", and has called for refugees to be able to cross the border freely.

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The article ‘India child sex victims 'humiliated'’ posted on the BBC news and written by ‘The US-based Human Right Watched’ discusses about the lack of awareness the country of India has towards children getting abused sexually.  The HRW (Human Rights Watched) reports that children in India whom have been victimized of child sexual abuse are often neglected and humiliated by the police.

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Is the media really corrupting us and our children, and to what extent?

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In the article "PQ values charter violates human rights law, commission says" by CBC news highlights the fact that the highly controversial Charter of Values proposed by the minority Parti Québécois is in violation of the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms adopted by the province in 1975. The proposed Charter of Values would ban the wearing of religious symbols for public employees, and ensure gender equality.

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The population's migration towards urban centers from rural regions is becoming more and more frequent in Canada and in the United States and has even become a growing issue for these two North American countries. Indeed, demographic disparities have become a potential threat to economic, social and political aspects of the areas discussed and create problems for the population affected.

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Students cheating their way through the learning and education system.

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Due to the recession that occurred in Spain in 2008, the Spanish citizens struggle on a daily basis to make ends meet. Now living in a country having major economic problems, Spaniards are, millions by millions, losing their jobs, which causes the Spanish unemployment rate to astonishingly increase. In fact, more than 50% of those under 25 years of age are jobless. Those who are lucky enough to have a job must struggle to make a sufficient income to support their family's needs.

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In this article written by BBC news in August 2013, the harsh realities of Russia's new anti-gay laws are brought forward in a Q&A format. The article first describes how hard life as a gay Russian is, considering Russia is ranked as the worst country in Europe for gay people to live in, and that conservative communities of the two biggest faith groups, Orthodox Christians and Muslims, are openly hostile against gays.

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