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             During the past few weeks, I have been reading and summarizing news articles about physical activity and health. In fact, it was proven that obesity was due to the lack of exercise and the lack of a healthy diet. Obesity rates have increased rapidly in a short period of time. To put you in perspective, one in four Canadians are obese (Super-Sized 2). Also, obesity rates have increased from 25 to 35 percent for women and from 20 to 35 percent for men between 1988 and 2010 (You Are What You Eat 2).

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When I tell people I am volunteering to help the environment, one of two reactions occur. Either they fully support me and encourage me or they tell me in despair that they don’t believe my actions will do much good in the grand scheme of things. The weird thing is, no one seems to be opposed to the idea of being environmentally conscious. This semester, I have had two main volunteer projects ongoing. The first was the collection of signatures for a petition that aims to preserve biodiversity. The second was to help the plight of the monarch butterfly which is facing extinction.

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I was given an article which reports the austerity situation in Greece. In the article “Why Austerity is Dangerous Idea” published in Time Magazine, Mark Blyth describes the situations where austerity can deal its worst blow on an already indebted economy. When the government of a country imposes an austerity budget on its people, it will often cut spendings on domestic and international enterprises and institutions.

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After several weeks of being tuned in to news stories involving business and global economics, one issue kept reoccurring on article headlines: austerity. From a global standpoint, austerity has been heavily impacted the economy of Greece, one of the countries that makes up the eurozone. Also, austerity has made impacts locally, as the Quebec government has imposed an austerity budget on its taxpayers several months ago.

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Les Brown is known as one of the world’s greatest motivational speakers. He is also a best-selling author, entrepreneur, speech coach, and mentor of the power of positive thinking. His charismatic personality captivates his audiences into seeing a much larger vision of themselves all by understanding and realizing their full potential. The insights he provides in his motivational speeches are unique because they reflect his character and his personal background.

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As published in the Montreal Gazette on March 5th, 2015 in an article called “Quebec renews $9-million investment to fight poverty” written by the journalist Geoffrey Vendeville, the Quebec government decided to renew its investment of 9 million against poverty but also social exclusion in the city of Montreal. They first wanted to reduce that budget but after many discussions they decided to give it again this year. Last year, this amount of money helped an estimation of 350,000 people in need.

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Article: “Dorel expects higher U.S. dollar will strain profit for months to come” by Ross Marowits, published on March 15, 2015 in The Montreal Gazette (website). Article link:  

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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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               Montreal is a city known for its festivals and grand displays of culture from all around the world. A city in which 3.5 million people call home, however there are some things which can often be overlooked. Quebec has the second highest percentage of Homeless people in Canada behind Ontario. Quebec being at 17.5% and Ontario being 46.9% of the estimated 300,000 homeless people in the country. Many of these people live within a line so entrenched in poverty it’s almost impossible for them to get out without external aid.

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In Quebec, we are currently in an economic phase known as austerity. For those who are not up to date with austerity, it is an economic maneuver implemented by the provincial government to reduce its budget deficits in order to bring itself out of serious debt. Austerity polices are known for significantly raising taxes as well as reducing its gross expenditures, which creates displeasure mostly within the province’s middle class.   However, this socio-economic issue is not specific only to Quebec.

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Article: “Why aren’t Canadians camping anymore?” by Adam Bisby, published on February 9, 2015 on The Globe and Mail. Link:   In my family, like many others, camping serves as a calming release from the fast-pace mentality of urban society. 

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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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Original title: An education in art brings therapy to children Author: Roxanne Nelson Publication: The Globe and Mail (reuters) Publication date: January 19th, 2015  

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With the new technological innovations that hit the market daily, there are concerns that they will lead to an abuse of mindless features.

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On Monday January 19th 2015, the young 11 years old First Nations’ Makayla Sault died of cancer in her house. As written by Gloria Galloway in the Globe and Mail on January 19th 2015, this little girl had cancer but she was taken away from chemotherapy by her parents last year. The motives of her parents for that decision were that they are aboriginal people and they thought it was better for her healing to receive traditional treatments instead.

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Original title: How to make stress your friend Author (speaker): Kelly McGonigal Publication: Talks, Publication date: Filmed July 2013 In our daily lives, we often deal with certain forms of stress. Depending on who we are, stress appears in various circumstances and quantities. In her Talk "How to make stress your friend", health psychologist Kelly McGonigal discusses her goal to help people deal with stress in a way that will support them in difficult situations.  

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