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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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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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  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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A man’s desire for preventative measures against brain tumors unravels over a 7 year battle of his own. Before his passing he gets to see his dream become a reality, establishing a realm of financial support and research for those in need.

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In recent articles published online this week on popular Canadian websites like The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and CBC, a recent Canadian study was revealed. The study was conducted on 23,395 adult respondents in Canada among all provinces. The subject of interest was child abuse presence among Canadians and the future repercussions linked with the abuse. The consensus was surprising. Over 30% of women, and 34% of men have experienced child abuse.

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If it were possible to even begin imagining what it would be like to have cancer, now imagine that your only viable treatment is chemotherapy, which gives you, sometimes crippling, anxiety and severe nausea that often leads to vomiting. Imagine this happens every time you go for treatment, sometimes before you even get to the room. Having cancer is hard enough, so if there was a positive, drug-free way to treat the anxiety and vomiting that comes with cancer treatment, why wouldn’t we want to try it? Music therapy is the answer. It has shown to be significantly effective in individuals undergoing chemotherapy, so why not implement it in more hospitals?

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Summery: This study researches four boys and four girls through the use of play. By analyzing the use of different toys, and the interactions that took with the different toys helped to get a further understanding of the events that took place before and during the abuse. As well as the method of with the abuser was able to convince the victim to perform the act desired.

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I will be volunteering with sick children, along side my friend Laurence Poitras, at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.  

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In a very recent article published on Canberra Times, a young adult in Australia is doing remarkable efforts to help sick children. James Harrington, who is known by his friends as Jimmy, is a 20 year old who has decided to walk 16,000 km around Australia raising money for The Brainchild Foundation.   

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In a recent article from the scholar journal Youth Studies Australia, author Vaughan Bowie writes a great article about trauma-informed care. So.. What is trauma-informed care? According to the peer-reviewed article, care is said to be trauma-informed when safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment are the core values in every contact, physical setting, relationship, and activity of the program.  The author was on a business trip in Hawaii when a US Youth worker asked him what were the trending youth topics in Australia.

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16 percent of our nation's homelessness population possesses a mental illness as well. Is right to give them permanent housing and keep them off the streets?

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In 2012, a young girl by the name of Malala Yousafzai captured our attention when she was shot in the head by the Taliban… and survived. The now 16 year old was shot for fighting for women’s right to education, but how did it get that far?  

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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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This post looks at the sense of community built by sport. Sport is an institution that provides many people around the world with strong relationships. The research study examined provides insights into the sport community.

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I discuss the effects of childhood abuse when a person grows up. Early abuse may lead to depression and high levels of stress compared to someone who did not experience adversities as a child.

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The Marie-Vincent foundation is located in Montreal. They assure that throughout Quebec, children can receive adequate needs for their sexual abuse experiences.     The biggest goal is to help children of 12 years and younger who have been victims of sexual abuse. They raise money to offer prevention, education, and support to the children and their families. Their goal is to help the children into getting over the difficults events in their lives that came from sexual abuse and help them find a way to help them in any way they can.   

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La Dauphinelle is an organization located in Montreal which offers shelter and other resources to women and children in difficulty (often victims of violence). The organization is a great volunteer opportunity in you wish to work with families.   

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The Montreal Children’s Hospital is an organization which specializes in health care for infants, children, and adolescents.  They always aimed to be world-renowned pediatric hospital, which  is a status they have acheieved and they always put the children’s needs first.  

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Sun Youth is an organization located here in Montreal which specializes in helping out the youth and families in need in the area in Montreal, ranging from Christmas baskets to sports teams for the kids.   

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In recent news, all attention is turned towards the Olympics and other major issues. However, this unfortunately means other subjects are ignored. Child abuse in one of them. The two news articles, from the New York Times and The Gazette, that will be summarized in this post relate to child sexual abuse in relation with the church.  

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Briana Jones

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Traditionally the prostitute is looked down on as a filthy criminal. This article is about viewing the prostitute as a victim and her pimp as the criminal.

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This article discuses the current issue on the Catholic church ignoring the acts of child abuse.

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After reading this article on the Montreal Gazette tonight, I decided to re-write my news summary because I thought this one was more of a feel-good topic. The article, written by June Thompson, features a local group called the Morning Walkers have been together for 20 years on Friday. The members are all between 55 and 85 years of age and joined the group to take up a healthier lifestyle.

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In the article “Canadian cities to fly gay pride flags in Olympic protest” written February 6 2014, Allan Woods talks about the protest taking place in Montreal about gay rights that has been raised by the issue of Russia’s anti-gay laws. Montreal is one of many Canadian cities that have decided to raise the gay pride flag for the duration of the Olympics Games in recognition of all the gay and lesbian communities in Russia.

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On Thursday, January 02, 2014, an article was published on CTV news regarding a homeless man being threatened by a police officer that he will tie him to a pole outside in -30°C. The incident took place around 3: 00 p.m. on January 02 outside of Jean Talon metro station.  A 52 second video was posted online by a YouTube user in the name of Omar Tunisiano. The video ends with the cameraman speaking up for the homeless man. This video was seen by the Mayor Denis Coderre and he tweeted his reaction. The Mayor was not the only one who was concerned of this homeless man.

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The article “Child obesity a growing problem in Montreal: study”, published January 22, 2009 by CBC News addresses the issue of the rise in childhood obesity in Montreal. In fact, according to a study by Quebec’s statistics institute, children living in the Montreal area are fatter than those residing in the suburbs.

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Being healthy is such an important issue and what we eat has a big effect on our health. In the article "A one-man mission to change our bad eating habits" published in The Gazette, Jill Barker informs us about the researches of Walter Willett. Willett is known as the best expert in the domain of dietetics.

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A recent article published in the Toronto Star has author Keith Beaty debriefing us on how death can have a silver lining. Mother Eya Kotulsky was deeply saddened with grief after the loss of her son in 2004. Following his death, she decided to turn the situation around by signing his donor’s card. Although his organs were worthless, his tissue, corneas, bones, knee and ankle joints were able to be donated.

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Amanda DoonanFebruary 2nd 2014Would you support killing someone to save them from a life of suffering?

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In CÉGEP, students’ global academic performance is evaluated by the R-Score. To attribute numbers to students has the effect of categorizing them in a linear way. The R-Score that you obtain determines if you are poor, good enough, or excellent, and it does not take into consideration any of your personality traits. This means that your acceptance into different university programs only depends on this number that is attributed to you. The importance that is given to the R-Score encourages competition between students, and so individual success.

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An interesting article came to my attention a couple days ago. The article in question, Opinion: Better treatment for the mentally ill will reduce homelessness, found in The Gazette, addresses how the number of homeless individuals could be improved. About two weeks ago, the Montreal Health Agency made the access to hospital aid easier for homeless people.

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Although the new year has only yet begun, the bad news has already started coming. The aftermath of activity in Syria has begun taking it’s toll on refugees. According to an online article on The Huffington Post, 63 refugees have been found dead in a besieged Palestinian refugee camp so far.

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Melissa Dahl, author of the article “Texters can’t walk in a straight line, study shows” published January 22, 2014 informs us of a new problem, texting and walking. A new study has shown that texting on your phone while walking actually changes someone demeanor, it causes people to walk slower and also making it harder to walk in a straight line. Some Australian researchers filmed 26 men walk while texting and once walking normally.

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