Flacks: NewsActivist Winter 2015- Complementary Course

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1 année 4 mois ago

Initially, when I read the Meriam-Webster definition of “extremism”, I found that extremism was defined as ideas deviated from what people believe as “correct or reasonable”. This definition suggests that extremism is somewhat erroneous and irrational. This definition cannot be satisfactory to all people because it does clarify the criterion defining correctness and rationality. However, this definition is enough comprehensive to give people an idea of what extremism looks like. To further our understanding of this word, we would need to place this concept in a wider temporal and cultural context. For example, after watching the movie “Facing Extremism”, I understood that extremism, in the 21st century, more particularly suggests ideologies based on racial, religious and gender discrimination which incite hatred, prejudices and violence.

1 année 6 mois ago

PTSD is an issue that really needs to be talked about and I am glad that you are bringing it up. Mental health seems to be becoming much less of a taboo as time goes on, but there needs to be more pressure to get adequate research and action. Since you seem to be wanting to focus on governments, it would probably be good to emphasize the previous Canadian government's actions when it came to veteran's affairs. Also, if you want to stick to a strictly Canadian point of view, mentioning well-known people like Roméo Dallaire and Clara Hughes would also be good.

1 année 6 mois ago

I think this is a topic that you could certainly shed some more light on. I like that you have a broad and diverse focus and that your research might be able to help find some solutions not only to problems still existing in Rwanda, but in other countries that have been similarly affected. I did a project on that genocide last semester and I have to warn you that it can sometimes be tough to navigate through all of the information as it is a very complex topic. Also, I would just like to mention that it would be better not to use the term ''race'' and that not only Tutsis, but also some moderate Hutus, as well as Twa were affected by thoses events.

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2 années 3 mois ago

It is a good thing that your passion is linked to your volunteer opportunity. The fact that your love of art and love of animals such as lion are linked will really help and drive you towards your dream and goals. In order to reach more people and awareness about your cause, of course you can use social media to share your artwork and promote your cause or you could get involved in a legal street painting group in order to see your artwork exposed to the eye of everyone. This could have a great impact on your cause and bring more positive results than social media itself.

Reply to: Art to contribute
2 années 3 mois ago

It is a good thing that your passion is linked to your volunteer opportunity. The fact that your love of art and love of animals such as lion are linked will really help and drive you towards your dream and goals. In order to reach more people and awareness about your cause, of course you can use social media to share your artwork and promote your cause or you could get involved in a legal street painting group in order to see your artwork exposed to the eye of everyone. This could have a great impact on your cause and bring more positive results than social media itself.

2 années 3 mois ago

I think your choice of volunteering is one of the most important. First of all, it is important to respect and treat people with disabilities with more attention and care because that’s what they need the most. Also, I also think that it is important to teach them how to become more independent. Finally, I think that using physical activities in order to teach them things that could be useful for them. Another strategy that could be used to help them become more independent and help them learn is by integrating them in the society and the world of work. For instance, at Champlain College, the people who are doing an amazing job cleaning the cafeteria every day are people with a mental handicap. By integrating them, it provides them work experience and makes them reasoning. Also, it makes them feel useful and important.

2 années 3 mois ago

I really think it's awesome you took part in this! I feel that the post-2001 world is very anti-muslim, and while I am not religious myself, I believe that judgement related to religion by anyone should be eliminated. Especially in Quebec, where there is a political micro-climate of patriotism, there tends to be more discrimination against cultural minorities, which as a Caucasian really saddens be because I believe that the greatness of Quebec lies in its multiculturalism. Justice Femme really feels like a group that looks out for the best interest of everyone and I can see their importance, especially in the modern world. And honestly, to work more on this issue, I think everyone should make an effort to not tolerate racist behavior and to call it out. It's only by collectively standing up that we will eliminate it.

2 années 3 mois ago

I really appreciate the fact that you focused on fitness for your volunteering project, as it is something I wrote a lot about over the past month. There is a definite lack of "good" physical education in the school system in my opinion and working towards encouraging fitness is where we should focus. Being healthy is a lifestyle and we can only achieve the adoption of such a lifestyle by introducing more people earlier to sports. I feel as if the fight for a "fitter" Canada begins with programs such as this. School is such an amazing medium for communicating such information so why not use it to our advantage? If you wanted to continue in this prospect, you could also include some material to educate some people on diet, as it is also a big part of remaining healthy!

2 années 3 mois ago

Wow! I am surprised no one else thought of doing something like this. As a student currently living on my own for the first time it was a very hard thing to get use to. When living at home with parents, we often do not realize everything that goes in to actually having a home to stay in. This is the first year that I am living by myself, paying rent and all the other monthly costs that come with it. I learned very early on about the art of budgeting. With minimum wage being somewhere around ten dollars an hour it can be very difficult for students to cover all the costs. It is especially hard when juggling a 6/7/8 course load with all the studying and assignments that can often limit the amount of hours per week that a student can work.

I believe that the educational system in this province needs to do a better job of preparing students in High School of what it is going to be like living on their own. Students are thrown out into society without having concrete knowledge of how to plan a budget and stick to it so that at the end of the month all the expenses are covered. Students are simply expected to learn as they go and that can be a very terrifying experience for the student, and not to mention the debt they could possibly face if they do not look out for their bottom line.

I wish this had been made available when I first moved out; it could have saved me a lot of growing pains as they call them. I hope many students will decide to take advantage of your hard work!

2 années 3 mois ago

I would like to start off by commending you on deciding to take part in this as a volunteering opportunity. The ignorance that is seen throughout the world regarding different cultures and religion, especially women Muslims, is absolutely astonishing. It is very easy for people to point fingers and pass the blame onto a certain individual or a certain group of individuals. My personal belief is that people fear what they do not know and a lot of people in North America and throughout the world do not know what the Muslim religion is all about. The fact that they do not know it or do not understand it makes them question it and in order to deal with all these uncertainties and their fear they place responsibility on these groups. I am a firm believer in that in order for people to gain a better understanding and to give a voice to Muslim women is through media and what Justice Femme is doing. I would strongly encourage you to continue this great experience, as the world needs more people like you who are not afraid to stand up and to say that these people need a voice and deserve to be treated better.
This post reminds me of the vicious circle that has existed in society for so long and that is racism. This brings me back to my opinion that we fear what we do not know and do not understand and the only way for some people to cope with that is through making others feel like they do not belong. I firmly believe that what you have done with this group and sharing your experience here with us is an amazing start to something much, much bigger: awareness about this issue. Again, I commend you on a job well done and please do not stop pursuing this issue!

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I'm a Humanities Teacher at Champlain College, Saint-Lambert and the designer and founder of Newsactivist. Between 2007 and the present, I've developed a course, Newsactivist, which asked students to blog about the news that they felt showed parts of the world in need of improvement.