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Over the course of this semester, I have written, commented, and submitted a collection of posts to Newsactivist. In this project, our final Newsactivism post, I will reflect on my news summaries, my volunteering opportunity, and the overall connection between all the work I have completed during this semester.    

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LGBT individuals, such as transgender people, face discrimination every day because of the societal belief of heteronormativity and cysnormativity. Transgender individuals have mental and physical health needs that make them dependent on the medical system in order to be at ease with their identity. However, they can also face discrimination and improper care when seeking help from health professionals.

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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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  Business Model Canvas: SMART HELMET   Key Partners:   Sleep Number INC - Memory Foam - Montior system(s)   Baver - Plastic for outer layer   Mexia Tech - Spider silk  

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Varsity tennis players Daniel Liu and Calvin Yu decided to offer free tennis lessons to people of the Tongan community in Salt Lake City. After a recent study showed that the Tongan community had one of the highest obesity levels in the state of Utah, Daniel and Calvin decided to give back to their community by offering free lessons to people who were intimidated by going to the gym because of their appearance.

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The article centers on 17 year old student Morgan Won from Vancouver who volunteers his time to help his community. Morgan was introduced to community work at the age of 15 by his sister. Morgan and his sister volunteered at a gift-wrapping booth during the holidays for two years. At the age of 16, Morgan joined the cancer awareness club at his high school.

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The organisation that I will volunteer for is called Centre St-Vincent-de-Paul. This organisation sells second hand furniture to families and people who do not have the financial luxury to pay for top price merchandise.  The organisation’s goal is to collect donations from people, and sell it at affordable prices. The organisation’s mission is to help families get essential accessories to help them live their lives.

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In my recent articles, I’ve touched upon the issue of transgender rights, and more specifically on problems encountered when accessing health services. When writing the post “Transgender People’s Problem with Doctors”, I was surprised to see that transgender people had to face discrimination even from doctors. To feel more comfortable with themselves, it is important to support transgender people and inform them of options they have concerning surgeries or hormone treatments.

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The article that I chose mainly focused on bullying in Irish school systems and how cyberbullying is a new obstacle for school management and conducted research on how they can begin to put policies in place to help prevent cyberbullying. The article mentions how since the 1970’s research data has been collected and since then there has been a lot of data taken in regards to individual differences and aggression held toward defining features and sub-types. More importantly this data is being used to determine methods on how to help get rid of bullying and even cyberbullying for good.

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            Race, being a human social construct to put people in categories because of one’s characteristics and traits, is an important factor when determining who to interact with. In Interracial and Intraracial Contact, School Level Diversity, and Change in Racial Identity Status Among African American Adolescents, Yip, Seaton, & Sellers (2010) performed a study with 224 African American adolescents over a 3 year period in school level diversity. This research mainly shows how interaction can change a person’s view on another’s racial identity.

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Have you ever stopped and wondered about those homeless people that you see on the side of the road with signs, or maybe picking through garbage? They all have a reason for how they got there. This article shows the correlations between substance abuse and homelessness. It also shows how these both are affected by income, human capital, mental health, and social support.

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The IGLHRC was founded in 1990, and fights against abuse and discrimination because of sexual orientation. The IGLHRC hold seminars and conferences to speak on discrimination and abuse towards homosexual’s worldwide. IGLBHRC also encourage people to submit videos to their site about their experience with discrimination because they were gay. IGLHRC encourages peoples to volunteer to speak at their seminars and conferences.

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Awake & Alive is an organisation created by Danielle Black and Jolene Shrock. Awake& Alive‘s mission is to help give an education and help better living conditions for children and families living in Ethiopian communities. The organisation’s biggest projects are: k-12 project (which fully clothes children with new clothes), Awake & Alive Canvas project (which allows artist to sell art work and give proceeds to the organisation), and the sponsor a child project.

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Smile Train is a non profit organisation which helps children with clefts. The organisation’s goal and mission is to collect as many donations as possible to help children medical treatment to cure their clefts. . Smile Train organises a yearly marathon to help collect funds for operations for children with clefts. The organisation does a numerous amounts of fundraisers such as: Athletics, social media, school, and a special host fundraiser which allows members to host their own fundraiser.

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You Can Play was founded by Patrick Burke, Brian Kitts, and Glenn Witman in March of 2012. This organisation’s mission is to unite people and form long lasting friendships through sports. You Can Play’s goal is to ensure equality between athletes regardless of their sexual orientation. You Can Play also protects the right of athletes across the globe from being bullied or mistreated in their respectful sport.  The organization’s first project was called ``the faceoff`` which was a video by Patrick Burke introducing the organisation and its mission and goals.

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    In an article from Sports Illustrated by Tom Verducci he explains the harm that steroids have had on the world of sports. There are many things that he states and shows that can lead you to believe how they have negatively effected society. Mainly in baseball PED's or Performance Enhancing Drugs have changed the way the game is played just for them to become one of the elite players. Verducci also focuses on what goes through the mind of a player using the drugs and what provoked them to begin using them.

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The rate of successful marriage has declined over the years and many don't know why. Could observing gay and lesbian marriages help us understand why straight marriages are failing and help stop the rate of divorce?

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In today’s society, we’ve grown accustomed to embrace differences, from cultural to geographical differences we learn and embrace new things every day. However, when we think of athletes the general image is of someone who is fierce, determined, and willing to do anything to win. Why would that thought or image changes once an athlete openly says that he/she is gay?  

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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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  According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 71% of the population got drunk at the age of 18. With Alcoholism becoming one of the most feared addictions in the world, Are you fighting the temptation of a beer? Or are you just another statistic?  

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    After being arrested for drunk driving a second time, Mayor of a suburb east of Montreal, Jean-Claude Gingras says that he is nothing like Rob Ford!  

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The competitiveness in sports has significantly increased over the years. What has also increased in sports is the physical toughness, the physical preparation, and the desire to be the best of all athletes around the globe. However, there is one object that stood the test of time, and is now haunting players and killing sports as we know them, and that substance is called PEDS (also known as Performance Enhancing Drugs).  

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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 written by Denise Lavoie "US Prosecutors Say They Will Seek Death Penalty Against Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect" (published January 30th), it is revealed that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the suspected responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing will be trialed for the death sentence.

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In the article “A one-man mission to change our bad eating habits; Walter Willett isn’t big on U.S. food pyramid” published on January 27, 2014 on The Gazette’s website, author Jill Barker talks about worldwide renowned epidemiologist, Walter Willett. Willett graduated from the University of Michigan’s school of medicine as well as from Harvard’s Public School of Health. He is currently the chair of Harvard’s Department of Nutrition.

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  With the 2014 Winter Games just a few weeks away, tensions have risen between human rights protesters and the Russian Government! Last June, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill that prohibited any commercial messages that support equality between gays and heterosexuals. This law had an immediate impact throughout the world, and also created numerous human rights protests across the globe.  

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Free wireless Wi-Fi networks are almost everywhere nowadays. It would appear banal to connect to a free and public network with a decent name, but it can bounce to something much less legitimate. These fake "hotspot" are frequent and will often prompt those who connect by requiring them to enter their username and password on an interface designed to replicate popular websites like Facebook. Obviously this interface does not log into the said website, but rather sends the credentials to the host for malicious usage.

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