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Achieving independence is the goal of many nations across the world. Being a Quebecker myself, I was very interested to learn more about the issue and to see whether or not independence is an effective way of protecting the culture of a nation. For that purpose, I studied three scholarly articles focusing on cultural, nationalism and Canadian studies. Ultimately, I learned that independence is indeed effective in protecting the culture of a nation, but only if the nation clearly defines itself and if it understands the importance of its works of art.

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I care about the topic of drug-free treatment for mental illness because I strongly believe that it should be encouraged around the world. I’ve seen people in my life that are close to me suffer from mental disorders and the horrible side effects they had to go through while taking pharmaceuticals and visiting doctors every week. I care about it even more than I did before because I know a lot more about it now. In order to get my results, I read and analyzed specific chapters from 3 different novels that I found the most relevant to my topic.

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  For about two months now, I have been writing a lot about homelessness in Canada. In fact, this particular social issue caught my attention at first as it affects hundred of thousands of Canadians every year, and a lot more around the world. Moreover, I felt homelessness was an important issue as it can affect anybody. In fact, anybody can become homeless at one point in his or her life, which I believe makes it a social issue that needs addressing.  

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The Breakfast Club is possibly one of the most well-known movies of the 80s. Although a classic, The Breakfast Club we all know and love has not changed lives like the one Canada has come to appreciate. The Breakfast Club of Canada is a non-profit organization committed to providing a free nutritious breakfast to all of the young growing minds across Canada. The organization was founded in 1994 by Daniel Germain. Germain’s main objective was to “change the world for children.” He believed he could attain this goal by breaking the cycle of poverty that plagues so many children.

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Poverty is an epidemic that is continually perpeturated. Everyone in society is negatively affected by poverty, however it is not impossible to end its cyclical pattern; focusing social service programs on education attainment is the first step.

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    Daniel Brennan wrote the article “Why Your Good Study Habits Are Wrong” on December 22, 2013, in order to give tips about studying. According to her, a lot of parents have strong opinions about how their child study and want them to finish their homework as soon as they get back home.

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I found an article Are Recent College Graduates Finding Good Jobs? (Jaison R. Abel and colleagues., 2014), which did a great job on discussing issues about unemployment and underemployment of people who do or do not have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and have recently graduated or not, and formatted figures based on data of different way to look into the question.

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     I will not be volunteering with any organization, I was planning to volunteer with my brother, since he already have teaching experiences, it'll be a lot easier if I follow his advices and the children will learn a lot better. My brother taught young students the basics of chess with the organization Echecs et Maths, which has a goal to introduce chess to people who does not know how to play and to organize chess tournaments in order to spread to

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   According to the article "How Cell Phones Have Changed Our Lives", by Douglas Stewart, published on May 30, 2008, cell phones has made our life much more convenient. Cell phones has brought many advantages to our daily living. For example, a family member could call home in order to mention  he won't be eating dinner home instead of going all the way back to his house. In other cases, a child could call their parents if he missed his bus. That way, family members are easier in touch with each other. Another pros would be that shopping is a lot more easier.

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    The article “10 big brain benefits of playing chess” by an anonymous person, published on April 02, 2014, explains that learning chess is a big benefit for everyone, no matter the age. According to this article, chess can raise people’s IQ, increase creativity and increase memory.  A two-year study took place in 1985 and the results were that students that played chess has in average better grade than those who never played chess. Furthermore, chess can improve problem-solving skills, reading skills, concentration and planning as well as teach foresight.

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The article compares the rates of homelessness and the many causes that come along with it.

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In my recent posts, I have been talking about education. While doing some researches, I arrived upon an interesting person that has a huge impact and changed a lot in our education recently.

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The main purpose of President Obama’s speech was to discuss Immigration Reform. The audience consisted of business leaders, faith leaders, labor leaders, and law enforcement leaders, Democratic and Republican mayors. There were multiple people from each business sector mentioned.

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In this year, the valentine’s day is the same day of a Chinese traditional festival (Yuan Xiao festival), and people in China using fireworks to celebrating that festival, this kinds of activity brings China back to “Airpocalypse” again. The word “Airpocalypse” used in two articles which discussed the same pollution issue of China but in different directions.

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February 17th 2014 Ending the Death Penalty by Dale. S  Recinella Is the death penalty necessary? After 1976, when the death penalty was reinstated, innocent people were wrongly convicted (Recinella, 2008, p.12). According to many churches, if there is no other way to protect innocent law-abiding citizens the death penalty shall be used (Recinella, 2008, p. 13). I believe that the death penalty is ineffective.  

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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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Briana Jones

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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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      Chikako Kashiwazaki from Keio University wrote the article “Japanese immigration Policy: Responding to Conflicting Pressures”, November 26, to explain the reason why Japan started limiting the amount of immigration. In 1990, the amount of immigrants was around 3.5 million people. In 2000, the amount went up to 5.27 million and by 2005, the amount went up again, to 7.45 million immigrants. Many immigrated for studies, others for employments. Among all these immigrants, some of them were migrants unauthorized or with questionable status.

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   The article, Quebec plans to take in fewer immigrants, by The Canadian Press, published on Thursday, October 31th, 2013, explains that the Quebec government will lower the amount of immigrants in order to better integrate the newcomers. In 2012, around 55,000 immigrants, which was too many according to Premier Pauline Marois. In order to reduce that amount, the limit set for 2014 is between 49,000 and 52,500. These numbers will keep reducing years by years.

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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 high school I attended to, any kinds of electrical devices were banned in the school. Technically speaking, we weren’t allowed to listen to music in the hallways during break, or while eating. Listening to music was not possible at all inside the school. Music has so many advantages on our mind and body, I do not understand why the school would ban music even while we weren’t in classes. I understand that music can distract students while the teacher is teaching and it’s disrespectful, but students should be allowed to listen to music while in breaks or at lunch hours.

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The United nations have come to an understanding during the Climate Conference in Warsaw which keeps an agreement like the Kyoto protocol possible for the conference of Paris in 2015. Before that, governments must make sure that the limit of 2 degrees Celsius set in the Copenhagen conference is met.

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 According to Abigail Elise who wrote the article; Video Games Have No Effect On Children’s Behavior, New Study Finds on the November 22nd 2013, video games and television has been proven to not be harmful to children, but otherwise. A study in United Kingdom has been held in order to determine if video games were causing deficit disorder or depression. Around 11 000 children were used for the studies where the parents would answer survey questions after tracking their kids’ behavior for a period of time. The study concludes that video games can actually improve some parts of the brain.

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