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When Art Made by an American Indian Doesn't Count as Being 'American Indian-Made' - Hit & Run : Reason.com

When Art Made by an American Indian Doesn't Count as Being 'American Indian-Made' - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
A lawsuit challenges Oklahoma's new law prohibiting some American Indian artists from calling their artwork what it is.
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Cultural affirmation, appropriation and a whole lot of other terms that can be used to describe this situation.
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One of the most repeated facts about Haiti is a lie

One of the most repeated facts about Haiti is a lie | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
How race complicates the way we view Haiti and the environment.
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This is a really interesting article. I certainly had long believed that many of Haiti's problems were linked to deforestation. It turns out, not so much, and is a reminder that simplistic solutions or prognostications are probably not the answer when trying to help the world develop. [This is a longish article, but well worth the read].
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Why Young Americans Are Giving Up on Capitalism

Why Young Americans Are Giving Up on Capitalism | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
Why Young Americans Are Giving Up on Capitalism « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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Excellent background read on what it is that younger people are feeling in the United States. How does society deal with the needs and wants of individuals and provide for a 'good life.' Young Americans definitely have had different influences then their elders.
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Mr. MacCollum's curator insight, October 4, 12:56 PM
As we move into the second unit of the course, this look at the views of young people in the United States is very well done. Well worth a read.
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Two months on, Britain is in no rush to Brexit

Two months on, Britain is in no rush to Brexit | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
The way forward for the U.K. after the Brexit vote grows murkier by the month
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This past summer the UK voted to leave the European Union, a decision that, on the face of it is a rejection of the ideas of globalization that have been advanced over the last 50 to 60 years. So what is happening? This article attempts to answer that question and look at where the UK is in that process. A challenging story to understand.
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Burkini ban demonstrates France's wilful ignorance

Burkini ban demonstrates France's wilful ignorance | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
The French have no idea what, or whom, they are fighting.
Mr. MacCollum's insight:
As societies have mixed, we have begun to encounter a series of problems about the way that we deal with one another. The current disputes in France over how women should be allowed to dress represents only one of many different flash points.
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Learning Mi’kmaq doesn’t make me an Indian

Learning Mi’kmaq doesn’t make me an Indian | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
Learning an indigenous language should not be allowed to be mandated to me by the federal government
Mr. MacCollum's insight:
This is a very interesting look at what identity means and what happens when governments try to provide a one size fits all definition.
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China’s angry investors leap the Great Firewall—and are shocked by what they learn of Beijing

China’s angry investors leap the Great Firewall—and are shocked by what they learn of Beijing | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
China's elaborate censorship mechanism, nicknamed the Great Firewall, blocks tens of thousands of foreign websites deemed hostile to the Communist Party regime. While some internet users inside China count on services like VPNs and proxies to get access to Facebook, Twitter, and overseas news outlets, many Chinese netizens never bother. They're satisfied with the filtered informatio
Mr. MacCollum's insight:
What can modern communication technology do? How important is to maintaining a free market? An interesting look at events in China.
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Mr. MacCollum's curator insight, May 29, 10:23 PM
Interesting take on the value of free speech from a country frankly not known for its free speech.
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Basic income has its appeal, but it also has a very basic problem

Basic income has its appeal, but it also has a very basic problem | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
It may have its champions across the political spectrum, but the universal pay model is inherently flawed
Mr. MacCollum's insight:
This idea has recently been floated by the Federal Minister of Families, Jean-Yves Duclos, meaning that the federal government is currently thinking about introducing it (at least). It is, apparently, being considered in several jurisdictions. Here is a very interesting and challenging critique from a writer about the idea also known as guaranteed annual income - yes, guaranteed.
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Mr. MacCollum's curator insight, March 18, 8:46 PM
This idea has recently been floated by the Federal Minister of Families, Jean-Yves Duclos, meaning that the federal government is currently thinking about introducing it (at least). It is, apparently, being considered in several jurisdictions. Here is a very interesting and challenging critique from a writer about the idea also known as guaranteed annual income - yes, guaranteed.
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Xi: Another Chairman Mao? | The Japan Times

Xi: Another Chairman Mao? | The Japan Times | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
A power struggle is underway between the two major factions in the Chinese Communist Party — the "princelings" and the "populists."
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An excellent article for understanding some of the background to the Chinese political system with a warning about the increasingly unsustainable (according to the author) economics.
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Beijing's zombie problem: Can it really shut down its overbuilt economy?

Beijing's zombie problem: Can it really shut down its overbuilt economy? | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
In the last gasp of an historic industrialization, China's state-run "zombie" factories continue to churn out products no one buys. The CBC's new Asia Correspondent Sasa Petricic highlights the problem facing Beijing with its new talk of layoffs and restructuring.

Via Watsons World
Mr. MacCollum's insight:
Some more insight into all matters China that we have been discussing in class.
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Mr. MacCollum's curator insight, March 8, 6:26 PM
Some more insight into all matters China that we have been discussing in class.
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Free Basics protects net neutrality

Free Basics protects net neutrality | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
To connect a billion people, India must choose facts over fiction In every society, there are certain basic services that are so important for people’s wellbeing that we expect everyone to be able to access...
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Recently India banned the creation of something called 'free basics' a system that would have opened a tiny part of the Internet to anybody who wanted to use it free of charge. This 'free basics' approach was heavily supported by Facebook. This article presents the argument for pursuing this approach from Mark Zuckerberg, Chair and founder of Facebook.

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This is what a Donald Trump presidency would actually look like

This is what a Donald Trump presidency would actually look like | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it

If it wasn't clear before, it is now: Donald J. Trump doesn't just have fans, he has voters—and there are a lot of them. In the wake of his commanding victory in the New Hampshire primary, it's time to take Trump a little more seriously than when he was just the antihero of...

Mr. MacCollum's insight:

This is an excellent read. It brings into sharp relief what the policies of Donald Trump might actually mean. Some very interesting analysis here.

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Mr. MacCollum's curator insight, February 10, 5:10 PM

This is an excellent read. It brings into sharp relief what the policies of Donald Trump might actually mean. Some very interesting analysis here.

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Gary Lamphier: Time for Canadians to get real about economic challenges

Gary Lamphier: Time for Canadians to get real about economic challenges | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
If there's a possible silver lining to the horrific start to the new year, it's this: Canadians may finally awaken to the depth of the economic mess we're in, and start to get real about what's needed to address it.
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A look at one columnist's view of the challenges ahead and the ways to deal with them.

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The Dakota Access Pipeline Should’ve Happened 10 Years Ago

The Dakota Access Pipeline Should’ve Happened 10 Years Ago | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
The showdown in North Dakota between the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the company Energy Transfer Partners, which is trying to build a 1,172-mile oil
Mr. MacCollum's insight:
This is a really interesting look at the current stand-off in North Dakota. It is a sign and symptom of globalization and one of the major challenges that are faced when our demand for resources crashes up against our demands to consider the environment and historical claims.
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A Museum About Rights, and a Legacy of Uncomfortable Canadian Truths

A Museum About Rights, and a Legacy of Uncomfortable Canadian Truths | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
Backers of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights say it starts important conversations about injustice, but some aboriginal people say it plays down their continuing plight.
Mr. MacCollum's insight:
Globally Canada is seen as a bastion of human rights and a nation that will stand up for the 'downtrodden.' Are we so keen on reflecting about what has happened in our own nation?
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Don’t blame globalisation for poverty | Liam Fox

Don’t blame globalisation for poverty | Liam Fox | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
Provided corruption is kept in check and governance improves in the developing world, free trade can benefit everybody, even the world’s poorest people
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We will be discussing globalization this year. This article is a great place to start thinking about it.
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Inside the Conservatives' identity crisis about identity - Macleans.ca

Inside the Conservatives' identity crisis about identity - Macleans.ca | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
Evan Solomon on Kellie Leitch’s 'values test' for new immigrants, and what 'Canadian values' really even mean
Mr. MacCollum's insight:
The debate 'Canadian Values' has become much more prominent over the last decade. Last year, during the federal election it was used by several politicians to try and get people to vote for them. This week it was re-enlivened by the Conservative Party's leadership candidates. It is worth considering what this means in a globalized world and a globalizing Canada.
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Mr. MacCollum's curator insight, September 7, 1:20 PM
The debate about 'Canadian Values' has been around for quite some time (pretty much since we stopped defining ourselves as British and debated 'British Values'). It played an important role in last year's federal election and it was recently re-enlivened for the Conservative leadership contest. How we define it and what it means are complicated. Even more so when you factor in First Nations who may not see themselves in this debate at all, which is troubling.
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EU can’t go on forever without earning consent of the governed: Paul Wells | Toronto Star

EU can’t go on forever without earning consent of the governed: Paul Wells | Toronto Star | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
The EU must still make a case for itself, if it wants to keep the British decision from spreading across the continent.
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The problem with globalization is that the voices of individuals become increasingly lost in the din. They may actually benefit from it, but they feel they have no say about it.
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Native Americans implore France to halt artifact sale: ‘It harkens to slave auctions’

Native Americans implore France to halt artifact sale: ‘It harkens to slave auctions’ | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
Native American leaders convened for an emergency meeting in Washington to contest the coming auction of hundreds of sacred objects in Paris
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The recent events in Paris have reignited the debate about what should be done with artifacts from indigenous groups that were taken by European collectors and museums.
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Canadians are right to be angry over the Panama papers leak

Canadians are right to be angry over the Panama papers leak | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
The offshore accounts behind the Panama papers may be legal, but they're not fair
Mr. MacCollum's insight:
This is a very large deal that will play out for months around the world. It raises the really important question of what we allow and what we think is right. What we want to achieve as individuals and what we want to achieve as a collective? There's a lot of money that could be used to help balance a budget for instance. What benefits do these individuals derive that are being paid for by the collective?
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Editorial: School fees don't add up

Editorial: School fees don't add up | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
One of the many pieces of advice doled out to new parents is to start saving for the child's education. The suggestion is meant to apply to post-secondary schooling and the costs that come with college or university credentials.
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Something to think about regrading schools and fairness in education.
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Donald Trump's ideology of violence

Donald Trump's ideology of violence | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
Want to know why Donald Trump’s rallies are so violent? Just listen to him.
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Reading this article chilled me to the bone. I am at a loss for words about what is happening here.
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Reading this article chilled me to the bone. I am at a loss for words about what is happening here.
Mr. Lavold's curator insight, June 7, 9:04 PM
This is sooooo scary. While comparisons to Hitler are certainly inaccurate, there are some similarities in the way that Trump appeals to certain demographics.
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China's Toxic Waste Problem Is Just as Bad as Its Notorious Air Pollution | VICE News

China's Toxic Waste Problem Is Just as Bad as Its Notorious Air Pollution | VICE News | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
Chinese authorities busted a parking lot owner in Boading who allowed thousands of tons of toxic waste to be dumped on his property — an incident that highlights the country's lax regulation of dangerous solid waste.
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Further discussion of the costs of living in China. A good overview.
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Traveling Through Venezuela, a Country Teetering on the Brink

Traveling Through Venezuela, a Country Teetering on the Brink | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
Our reporter explores the country and its people in his first 30 days in the region on assignment for The Times.
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Venezuela is a country that has, after a fashion, to provide for the many impoverished people in the nation. They did this by bringing in extreme restrictions on economic freedom. The results, now that the income from oil have largely disappeared, are not pretty. This is an excellent read on a country teetering on the economic brink.

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The Forcillo verdict: Even the police are not above the law

The Forcillo verdict: Even the police are not above the law | Social Studies 10-1 | Scoop.it
The police are not the law, The Globe's editorial board says. They must be its servants.
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Democratic institutions are said to be founded on the rule of law. This is what that means.

 

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Mr. MacCollum's curator insight, January 25, 10:49 PM

An interesting case from Toronto. One that strikes at the heart of what we have been talking about in Social Studies 30.