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As a final project, I decided to volunteer. Volunteering gives a new sense of community involvement and opening one’s mind. I decided to take the knowledge I have obtained from living on my own at a young age to try and help others. Unfortunately, volunteering in today’s society is quite difficult to achieve; emails are sent, phone calls made, messages left, and yet no response. For the previous reasons, I decided to take the knowledge I have obtained from living on my own at a young age to try and help others.

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            Students striking against austerity have brought worries to many that the protests may become the new Maple Spring strikes, taken place in 2012. According to the article, “Quebec Students Vow Strike to Protest Austerity, Pollution, and Sexism” from CTV News Montreal, “twenty-five student associations have voted to launch a student strike”. With new power students are able to connect to one another on topics important to them faster. As well, new power has enabled students to make decisions in a timely fashion.

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Debt can be a frightening thought for anyone, however student debt can be especially worrisome. Most students coming out of university are already concerned with whether or not they will have a steady income in what the wanted to do for a career. Everyone has heard about the numerous stories of people coming out of school with a great degree, but no job available. Though Canada is not as troublesome as the States for student debts, they are not far behind.

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Student debt has been a hot topic, not only in the past couple of weeks, but also in recent years. Protests such as Maple Spring in 2012, strike over the increase in tuition, and those occurring this month, strikes over austerity, are representations of the stress put on students about money and the importance of student services. According to Daniel Tencer, in The Huffington Post (THP), in Canada, student debt has been increasing drastically within the last few of years; from 1999 to 2012 student debt grew 44.1 per cent and 24.4 percent from 2005 to 2012.

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What comes to mind when you hear the word cancer? I think murderer. It might not kill everyone, but it can creep up on anybody and kill him or her. People ask why and how can we stop this? There is a way. Much like a killer, it takes a long time and hard work but eventually they can be stopped. With cancer, time and research can cure. In order to advance technologies, it takes a lot of money. This is where we come in and need to help donate in order to find a cure for this disease.

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            In the article, “Shooting Owls to Save Other Owls”, published by National Geographic News on July 19, 2014, and written by Isabelle Groc who illustrates that whether one believes it is right to kill one species for another is no longer an issue as the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has decided to try a new tactic in order to save what is known as “an icon for environmentalists: the northern spotted owl” (Groc).

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Very recently, MTL blog snapped a picture of a homeless woman and man doing sexual favours in public in place des arts metro. Synden Hope-Johnsten, the editor of this ‘article’ post a picture of the incident and poking fun at this woman and man. The metro is not the place to do such things, but I personally pass these people every day, for I work in Place des Arts metro. Finding this obscure article and picture, I hardly find this ‘article’ to be news at all, if anything these people need help.

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“Dog recovering after being shot, tied to train tracks in Florida” by The Associated Press published March 15, on CTV News.

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Mission Hall Montreal is focused on rebuilding society by giving those on the wrong track the chance to become a beneficial part of the community. The services provided by Mission Hall touches upon every individual from children, to teens, to women, and to men. The transition housing, food bank, boutique/thrift store, dental clinic, and more are only a fraction of what this organization can do.

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This past summer, while sitting in my garden, I couldn’t help but notice something quite peculiar. Where were the butterflies? I remember when I was a little girl there were plenty to be of fluttering friends to be admired. But here I was, and not a butterfly was to be seen, not even my favourite, the iconic monarch. I haven’t been the only one to notice. In fact, monarch populations have shown dramatic drops in the species population over the past few years. I decided to consult a variety of sources to see how this environmental issue was being dealt with worldwide.

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According to the website provided by the American Pregnancy Association, 16 438 women become pregnant everyday with more than ¼ of these women experiencing pregnancy loss, while another 5 479 couples begin to realize they are going to endure infertility issues. Quebec was one of the first places in the world to allow fully covered IVF treatments and now with the arrival of Bill 20, these treatments have been limited to certain age groups and the funds have been greatly scaled back.

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Just last week, four adults and two children were diagnosed with measles in Toronto. This has many people wondering who is still getting measles in 2015. The answer is very straightforward. The 20 percent of Ontarians who have decided against vaccinating their children are the ones susceptible to measles, and unsurprisingly, are the only ones infected. The scientific proof proving the effectiveness and necessity for vaccinations is undeniable. However, there is still a large percentage of people that opt against vaccinating their children.   

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Abortion is an issue that causes controversy and frustration among many people. There are many different groups of people that have their own opinions. More religious people tend to be against abortion whereas non-religious people tend to be pro-abortion. Although this topic is discussed often, the general population has a hard time agreeing its morality. As a pure and applied student, I have the chance to apply into the medical field so I think it is important to discuss the ethical implications of such a procedure.

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In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is a practice that has raised several ethical questions since its introduction. IVF is essentially the fertilization of an egg in a controlled environment outside the body, after which the fertilized egg is then replaced into a woman’s uterus (“In Vitro Fertilization: IVF”). The practice is common for infertile individuals wishing for offspring (“In Vitro Fertilization: IVF”). Normal IVF uses genetic information from one man and one woman (“In Vitro Fertilization: IVF”).

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Growing up and playing sports, one learns the expectations of being an athlete. Standards are set for student-athletes at a very young age; they are a student first and athlete second. In most schools, to continue playing a sport, one must keep a certain average within their classes, there are rules to follow about alcohol and drug consumption, and the way one behaves outside of the institutions as they are still representing their home team. If student-athletes are able to learn this at such a young age, what changes the caliber of expectations once one is paid to play?

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In September 2014, FIFA announced that the Women's World Cup would be held on artificial turf, a statement that leaded to some controversy. In fact, 40 women soccer players declared that they would fill a lawsuit for gender discrimination to have some equality with males. "They would never in a heartbeat think of putting anything less than grass for the men," Carrie Serwetnyk, former Canadian player said. "They'd protest. It would be a scandal" (News, CBC par.9).

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After a long day’s work, everyone enjoys a break, maybe a nice cool glass of ice water, let’s add in some shade. However, for the hard agriculture workers in places like Nicaragua, having a break as part of one’s job does not exist. Scott Wallace illustrates, in the article “Can Sugarcane Workers Be Saved with Simple Water and Shade,” published by National Geographic News on January 29, 2015, that approximately “half the male population of Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, is suffering from […] an often deadly kidney disease […]. Known as chronic kidney failure”.

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Most have heard of the great garbage patch found in the Pacific Ocean, however, many have not realized of the immensely large garbage build up found in the Atlantic. Richard A. Lovett illustrates the issues of the garbage found in the Atlantic in the article, “Huge Garbage Patch Found in Atlantic Too,” National Geographic News, published in March 2010, one can see the affect of having one major news story contribute to the disregard of an other.

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Disney's new Princess Sofia was supposed to be the first princess to represent Hispanic women. However Disney recently posted that Princess Sofia is to represent "multi-cultural" ethnicity's, presenting controversies with Hispanic and other cultural fans who wish to identify with a Disney Princess.

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On Thursday November the 8th 2012 an article named ‘’Generation Text’’ was published in the CTV Montreal News. The article points out that today’s teenagers are becoming more and more depending on technology such as cell phones. They always have their cell phones in their hands at all time.

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