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 In episode 285 of the Simpsons, “Weekend at Burnsie’s”, Homer Simpson is introduced to medicinal marijuana, which helps induce a state of calm and euphoria for him, but also results in him cutting his face shaving, forgetting that he owns a kitchen, and accidentally signing a petition criminalizing his newfound medicine.

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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 a Development Issue” written by Anna Leach and published to The Guardian on May 2nd, 2014, addresses the issue about stray animals.

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We live in a day and age where identity plays an incredibly vital role in our conception of the self. With the ever-rapid expansion of the digital world, we are pressed to consider the nature of our identities in a time where mediums like the Internet allow us to exist through identity alone. This evolution in our view of the self has led to dilemmas such as the ethical use of hormone blocking, in which prepubescent minors are given chemical treatment to prevent the onset of puberty, raising many questions about the moral implications of transgender treatment on children.

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