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Poverty is a global issue that is one of the worst, if not the worst. It is often the cause of many other problems such as access to water, health system problems and epidemic diseases. Even though living in the Western world may seem an easy thing to deal with as it is a common belief that poverty is an issue that does not touch this part of the world, many people will experience homelessness, which is a form of poverty, throughout their lives.

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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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           In the news article “Lack of exercise, not diet, linked to rise in obesity, Stanford research shows” published on July 7th, 2014 by Becky Bach in Stanford Medicine, it is proven that there is a strong correlation between the lack of exercise and the rise in obesity. A national health survey was conducted from 1988 to 2010 by a team of researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine. The results showed that inactivity could be the reason for the rise in obesity rather than a high calorie intake.

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On February 15th, 2015, Jill Barker published an article named “Is there such a thing as healthy obesity?” to The Gazette. In this article, the concept of healthy obesity is questioned by taking a realistic look at the health effects of obesity. In the long-run, obesity can lead to many or all negative health effects linked to being overweight.

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         The news article “Lack of exercise ‘twice as deadly’ as obesity” that appeared in Medical News Today on January 15th, 2015 reports the conclusions of a European study that analyzed raw data on over 334, 000 people. Within the study, 22.7% of participants were labeled as ‘inactive’ because they do not perform any physical activity and have a sedentary job. The researchers discovered that the number of deaths linked to inactivity (lack of physical activity) was twice the number of deaths linked to obesity.

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         The news article “Lack of exercise ‘twice as deadly’ as obesity” that appeared in Medical News Today on January 15th, 2015 reports the conclusions of a European study that analyzed raw data on over 334, 000 people. Within the study, 22.7% of participants were labeled as ‘inactive’ because they do not perform any physical activity and have a sedentary job. The researchers discovered that the number of deaths linked to inactivity (lack of physical activity) was twice the number of deaths linked to obesity.

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         The news article “Lack of exercise ‘twice as deadly’ as obesity” that appeared in Medical News Today on January 15th, 2015 reports the conclusions of a European study that analyzed raw data on over 334, 000 people. Within the study, 22.7% of participants were labeled as ‘inactive’ because they do not perform any physical activity and have a sedentary job. The researchers discovered that the number of deaths linked to inactivity (lack of physical activity) was twice the number of deaths linked to obesity.

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Everywhere we go, we are surrounded by advertisement. In fact, research show that the average American is exposed to about 3,000 ads every day (Media Relations, Inc. 1). Nowadays, a great amount of those ads are related to fitness and weight loss. Everyone has heard or seen an ad claiming that a certain product will make you lose 10 pounds in a week or make your muscles grow without you having to exercise.

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The world is a place in need of many changes. There are many brave people who are actually working or have worked hard to make a difference and an impact in improving the world. Over the past few weeks, I have been researching articles and writing about a part of the world that I believe should be changed, which is animal cruelty. An organization that accomplishes this goal is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Thanks to the president and co-founder of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, many animal rights have been voiced.

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On February 12th, 2015, there was an article in The Gazette called “Schreindorfer in New York for experimental leukemia trial” by Charlie Fidelman. This news article told the story of Matthew Schreindorfer, a 25-year-old leukemia patient from Laval, who got moved to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York for potential life-saving experimental therapy.

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Over the past few week, I have been researching for a few volunteering opportunities and the most intriguing one to me was with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. This organization’s main goal is to promote awareness and raise funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma patients. They offer many opportunities for volunteers who are interested in helping the cause, such as Light the Night Walks, School & Youth Programs, Team in Training, office support and many more.

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            Digging deeper into reason why American rates are lower than European rates there are more and more large factors jumping out at me. The first being that many European countries have strict laws put into play to increase recycling among companies and individuals, and the second being these countries are generally smaller that the United States.

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As medicine is progressing, newer technologies and processes are being considered. It is some of those progressions in medicine that are being the cause of moral dilemmas. A big example of dilemma that can be taken a look at is organ donation in which of course, a beneficial organ of an individual is removed (with the individual’s consent) and transplanted into a patient having that same organ damaged. Certainly, this method can save and allow hope to new lives but morally speaking, can we consent to it without even having to doubt once?

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***Disclaimer: I am, in no shape or form, promoting the bashing of people who suffer from obesity, or those who have insecurities about their bodies. My aim is to provide a factual and ethical view of what needs to be done in order to reduce and prevent obesity. ***

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In The Telegraph, the news article titled “How Did Your Parents’ Divorce Affect You?” by Helena Kealey shows the effects of divorce through an online survey which 14 to 22 year olds answered. It estimates that 42% of marriages fail and end up in divorce. In fact, the survey demonstrates that two thirds of children who witnessed their parents’ divorce admit that it affected their grades, that one in eight relieve stress through drug or alcohol, and that one in three suggest they already had an eating disorder as a consequence.

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Patience, and repeat. Patience, and repeat again. Repeat until the person with Alzheimer`s disease have stopped asking. This is what I have been telling myself, and probably many other caregivers too. The United States of America itself have over “5 million [people that] currently have a degenerative brain condition”. We would think that specialists would have found a cure, but research has shown that the percentage of people being diagnosed “continues to spiral upward”.

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            According to the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 102 cases of measles have been reported in the United States from January 1st to January 30th 2015 (“Measles Cases and Outbreaks”). This outbreak originates to December 2014 when a family contracted the disease, which led to the infection of others. Many exposed to measles had not been vaccinated against the disease. The growing epidemic has since generated numerous people to voice their opinion over their refusal of vaccinations.

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On January 16th 2014, 59 year-old Radil Hebrich was struck by a metro train at the Langelier station. He was inebriated and crossed over the yellow line when an in-coming metro train hit him in the head. For approximately twenty minutes, he lay on the ground bleeding and not breathing, without any help.

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On January 29th, 2015, Alicia Chang wrote an article in The Gazette called “Some U.S. doctors refusing to see patients with anti-vaccine views”. This title makes it pretty clear that the article talks about the fact that some doctors in California are not willing to treat patients (and their children) because they believe that vaccinations can possibly lead to autism. At this moment, California is going through their second-biggest measles outbreak in 15 years, which leads doctors, like Dr.

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An article, published in The Gazette on January 22nd, 2015 by The Telegraph, brought up the issue of animal cruelty.  The title of this article, “Foie Gras Company on Trial for ‘Extreme Cruelty’ to Ducks and Geese: ‘We Are Not Barbarians’”, gives a glimpse of the conflict in this situation. The trial against the company called Ernest Soulard happened because the French animal rights group, L214, posted a video of geese being force-fed on the farms of this French company.

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Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that when you watch the news and hear about mass murdering or even a simple murder done by a man of color, society immediately needs to point out and emphasize the fact that the crime’s motives must be linked to his ethnicity, faith or culture. As if the crime and the man themselves are overshadowed by the fact that the perpetrator is not white, and then suddenly his actions speak for the entirety of his race or religion.

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Dating today has a totally different meaning today than it did 15 years ago. People don’t look for long term partners, or for their future, but for the now. This generation is all about having immediate gratification, not long-term pleasure

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