This Independent study discusses the challenges that teachers have had to face with virtual teaching which can cause stress and if not treated eventually lead to burnout. Stress is something many people face but with COVID-19 stress has created an all new meaning by causing lack of motivation and missing the social aspect caused by lockdown measures and social distancing practices. Contact information is available to anyone who is facing stress.
The fast-fashion clothing industry is unsustainable in its current form, which is why I explore the local initiatives that help combat this issue in this project. This project explores the concept of a circular economy, in which clothing is designed and manufactured for a longer lifespan with the ability to reuse and recycle the material. Consumer behaviour is changing, with many becoming aware of the impact their purchasing habits have on the environment. Local-level initiatives helping to combat fast, unsustainable fashion include manufacturing, repairing, thrifting, and recycling clothing.
My Independent Study is the story of two pandemics in one: the opioid overdose pandemic and the COVID-19 pandemic. The story investigates how COVID-19 has impacted northern Ontario communities and the hurdles that individuals suffering from mental health and addiction now have to face during the pandemic. Cami Coutu, program supervisor at the Canadian Mental Health Association Algoma Branch, shares how the community of Sault Ste. Marie is already suffering the most from the opioid crisis and mental health pandemic, and currently, the area is seeing more opioid-related deaths than COVID-19 deaths. Homelessness has increased in the community since many shelters had to close their doors, and fentanyl is more present in street drugs than ever before. The pandemic has created the barrier of fewer social interactions, impacting individuals’ recovery and leaving more individuals alone and resorting to relapse because the drug is the quickest way for relief.
I was born in Turkey. I have a master's degree in art. However, I preferred to narrate the story of the human and nature rather than drawing it, so; I started to work as a reporter in the Ankara office of National TV, in Turkey. I have used in the middle east, such as Syria and Turkey-Iraq border during the war zone and have served as a political journalist in the Turkish parliament for the short term. I moved to Istanbul for making news and discussion programs. Currently, I am doing my Post Graduation in Journalism at Humber College with an award from the Reader's Digest Foundation of Canada Journalism Development Scholarship. At the same time, I am aking courses on investigative journalism and working as a contributor reporter for the Institute of Investigation Journalism at Concordia University. I am also working as a news anchor for Omni and reporter for Humber News.
Community service as an alternative to imposing fines when a civil law is broken in India.*
My project will be delivered through podcast format. I will be incorporating insightful interview segments from members of northern Indigenous communities and who work in the natural resources industry. Through my podcast, I will help listeners to gain a better understanding of the impacts of the mining industry on northern Indigenous communities, both historical and present. I would like to show listeners what types of challenges these communities face throughout the negotiation process in determining where mines will be placed when they must take up Indigenous treaty land. As well, I wish to show the ways in which negotiations can bring both positive and negative socio-economic impacts to these communities. Negotiations can bring positive opportunities to enrich Indigenous communities through cultural or social events, economic opportunities and employment, or improvements to community moral. There are however negative impacts that the mining industry and negotiations bring to Indigenous communities, one of the largest impacts is leaving the surrounding community to live with environmental consequences. While many improvements have been made by the government to make sure that responsibility and ownership is taken for the cleanup of the mines once they are inactive, there are still some lingering issues worth noting.
Lack of resources, extra work, and declining mental health, because of minimal social interaction, are creating a negative space in the online learning environment for post-secondary students Raiza Fernandez and Nidhi Patel. Students have been forced to re-create their bedrooms to a virtual classroom where, at a certain point, they feel confined and insane for starring at the same four walls every day. At times, Fernandez and Patel are left wondering if they are going to have to re-teach themselves the material when they complete their degrees.
Sabrina is a journalism student at Humber College. Her Independent Study project is about the future of Christianity in the modern age. She investigates a religious shift in Canada, and in other parts of the world where Christianity is thriving. Sabrina is also a recent graduate from the University of Toronto, where she double majored in history and political science.
Drones are increasingly becoming popular and have garnered markets across various sectors including security, surveillance, film production as well as the possibility of last-mile deliveries. Delivery drones have the potential to disrupt the economics of the existing system by replacing many deliveries which are made by traditional methods. Further, in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for home deliveries has jumped and drones offer a cost-effective solution with less risk and maximum output. This study will look at the overarching influence of drones with a microscopic look at the UAE and the regulations in place in the country to allow for such initiatives. The UAE has passed a lot of resolutions and partnerships to make drone deliveries a reality. Now, more than ever before, regulations are being adjusted to provide fast-track authorizations for promising use-cases. It’s impossible to predict the long-term impact of these developments, but one thing is certain: the pandemic has helped countries around the world imagine the potential that drones hold for society.
Tina Nalova Ikome-Likambi
This study reports on how poor housing conditions affect First Nations people as they deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Housing issues faced by Indigenous people have existed before the global pandemic. However, this study reports on how these issues are influencing how Indigenous people adjust to the pandemic. It focuses on on-reserve housing issues like overcrowding, lack of running water, poor heating conditions, and poor broadband connectivity. These issues make it hard for First Nations people to respect health guidelines like physical distancing, handwashing, self-isolation, and engage in activities like work from home and online schooling. On the flip side, this study compares and contrasts Indigenous housing conditions off-reserves to highlight how racism and low income make it hard for Indigenous people to stay safe in a home during the pandemic. It also reports on homelessness off reserves and how homeless shelters are trying to meet health guidelines. Also, this study reveals differences in housing issues face on and off-reserve like no running water. However, it also reports on similar issues faced like overcrowding. More so, this study reports on other intertwined issues like vaccine hesitancy in Indigenous people, lack of proper healthcare, stereotypes, and racism. It also reports on the Canadian government’s response to these concerns and indicates the various ways the government addresses these issues faced by Indigenous people on and off-reserves. Summarily, data, research, and interviews from this study highlight the importance of proper housing and amenities, especially during the on-going global pandemic.
Conversion therapy, practices that seek to change an individuals sexual orientation or gender identity, still happens in Canada. The federal government is working on a bill that would ban some conversion practices across the country. Tyler spoke with survivors and advocates about the proposed ban and the need to keep fighting against these harmful practices.
My Independent Study outlines the importance of consumer plastic sustainability and recycling. With Climate Change being a common topic of conversation for Canadians, consumer plastics, and specifically plastic packaging, is something that patrons want to be more sustainable and eco-friendlier. By looking at companies which are a part of the Canadian Plastic Pact, I was able to look deeply into what is being done to create more sustainable plastics. The goal of my study was to find out what is currently the best plastic material being produced, and by doing so I looked into biodegradable and PET plastics. By interviewing knowledgeable professionals in the consumer plastics industry, I discovered that PET plastics are the most sustainable as they are easy to recycle and reproduce more plastics. Sustainability found in plastic production is important as the first step in the life of a plastic package, and I wanted to look further down the line as to how consumers are recycling. With extensive research and interviews with professionals, I got a closer look into how Canadians are recycling, and what the current concerns are. Overall, the topic of plastic sustainability is something all Canadians can educate themselves with.
An in-depth look at the rise and science behind plant-based eating and the vegan diet. The piece will explore recent trends, analysis from experts, and the research behind its potential benefits or harms towards human health and the plant.