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The Climate Calls for YOU Campus News 

The Climate Calls for YOU

We are in the midst of a climate crisis on Earth. Large systematic changes need to be made as soon as possible if we want to have a livable planet for future generations. Our governments have not been listening to the decades of cries for the health of our planet from the people. Grassroots movements started by young activists like Greta Thunberg have been gaining steam, and inspiring the masses to get out on the streets and demand for change. The long anticipated Global Climate Strikes are one such movement….

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Montreal’s Air Pollution News 

Montreal’s Air Pollution

Is Montreal’s air pollution truly a problem? The Service De L’Environnement’s most recent Montreal air quality report, which came out in 2017, indicates that the city’s air quality is most often, medically insignificant or tolerable by the general population. Does the lack of a direct perceivable effect on the population’s health mean there isn’t a problem? No, it does not. And while there isn’t an immediate consequence, the city’s public health agency states that about 1500 citizens die yearly of complications because of our air pollution. Canada continues to warm…

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Blame Climate Change For Montreal Flooding News 

Blame Climate Change For Montreal Flooding

Major floods have been occurring across the province over the past couple of weeks. Thousands of homes have been damaged, forcing over ten thousand people to leave their homes as of May 29th. Bridges and roads have become inundated, and 3000 people have been cut off from their communities. In Montreal, a total of 55 residences were completely evacuated, and 94 homes were flooded. Until last Thursday afternoon, Montreal was put under a state of emergency. In response to the record-breaking floods, emergency responders and volunteers have been working hard…

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Why You Should Care about the SNC Lavalin Scandal News 

Why You Should Care about the SNC Lavalin Scandal

One can hardly be shocked by the SNC-Lavalin affair, if one has been paying attention. And yet, a great number of people have found themselves shocked. Why is that so? This is far from the first time that the Trudeau administration has been caught with its pants around its ankles. After all, this is their fifth time being investigated by the ethics committee. The fact that this story is so surprising to some can only mean one of two things, either fewer people have been paying attention than we would…

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Nothing’s Sweeter Than Picket Signs: the March of March 15th News 

Nothing’s Sweeter Than Picket Signs: the March of March 15th

My brother and I didn’t prepare any poster or costume or poetry for Montreal’s last big climate strike. We just got off at Place-Des-Arts and listened to speeches in a December cold and shouted our voices dry with 50,000 other voices. We strode to Mount Royal. Protestors were beating the drum, dancing and shouting their way up to the mountain. Women yelled praises out their house windows, clapping their pots and pans with wooden spoons to us down in the street. It was a real gay delight and the peoples…

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Venezuela and North America: New Paths Towards Destruction News 

Venezuela and North America: New Paths Towards Destruction

Some time ago, in an address to the UN General Assembly, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez warned of the “destructive capacity” of rising oil usage. The “unstoppable” use of this resource, he said, would soon mean hotter temperatures and harsher natural disasters. Chavez was the leader of a country sitting on the world’s greatest oil-reserves, larger than Saudi Arabia’s, larger than Iran’s. This was 2005. Now, in 2019, oil production may soon be rising in Venezuela, despite old hopes for ecological alternatives. It’s been a matter of weeks since Juan Guaido,…

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No Pipelines, but no Progress Either News 

No Pipelines, but no Progress Either

Quebec is falling behind on its desired targets for reducing CO2 emissions, a recent article in Le Devoir highlights. Despite some $2 billion in funding, the ministry of sustainable government has only been able to bring down emissions to 98% of what they were 5 years ago. That is to say, there has been a 2% reduction in emissions. This 2% represents roughly 1.8 million tons of CO2. To put that in perspective, the Port-Daniel cement manufacturing plant in Gaspésie emits this many tons alone. The Legault administration has already…

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Brazil Election Showdown As Far-Right Candidate Leads Polls News 

Brazil Election Showdown As Far-Right Candidate Leads Polls

Brazil’s presidential election heads to the second round with Jair Bolsonaro, a controversial far-right candidate leading the polls. Bolsonaro won a crowded first round with 46 % of the vote, just shy of the 50 % + 1 threshold needed to be elected in the first round. Fernando Haddad, a member of the left-wing Worker’s Party, finished in second with 29 percent. The Worker’s party has won every single election since 2002 when Luiz Inacio da Silva, popularly known as ‘Lula’, was first elected. This is due to Lula’s popularity…

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A Historic Election Night For Québec News 

A Historic Election Night For Québec

It was a historic election night as the newest party on Québec’s political scene, the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), won a majority government, ending more than 40 years of two-party rule, while the historically two major parties, Québec Liberal Party (QLP) and the Parti Québécois (PQ), suffered the worst results in their histories. The CAQ garnered 38% of the vote and won 74 seats in the 125-seat National Assembly of Québec. The outgoing governing Liberal Party, came a distant second, winning 32 seats and taking 25% of the vote, their…

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Influence Montreal X Malala News 

Influence Montreal X Malala

Influence Montreal welcomed Malala Yousafzia on September 26, 2018 in Place Bonaventure. Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban when she tried to speak up for girls who are deprived their right to go to school. A Taliban gunman boarded her school bus and shot her in the head for her high-profile activism. After two years, in 2014, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The event started at 8:00 am, where different panels about entrepreneurship, creativity, money, and marketing were held. Many influencers and entrepreneurs shared their…

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