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Electoral report

I went to report last year’s election in a school in the West part of Montreal. It was very interesting to meet some of the candidates and learn from them. I really enjoyed listening to their point of views and watching the debate live was definitely a must!


Facebook Check-in

Last year, a tragic moment happened in France at a concert hall, the Bataclan, where a shooting occurred. It was a really horrifying moment, because Syria and Turkey were also having terrorists attacks. Although, Facebook created a safe check-in for the people in France to let their families that they were in a safe place. This option wasn’t available for the people in Syria, Turkey and others. I investigated a little bit more and made the video which I am very proud of. Hope you enjoy!


Samantha Ewing Profile

It was a very interesting profile to do. She was a very passionate person and inspiring. Strong and beautiful, it was a pleasure to speak with her!

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Interview with Homa Hoodfar

Homa Hoodfar, a retired Concordia University professor and researcher, sat down with The Concordian  to discuss her 112-day experience in Evin prison in Iran. The Iranian-Canadian anthropology professor was arrested while on a personal and research visit to Iran. The 65-year-old suffers from a rare neurological disease that causes severe muscle weakness. She spent some time hospitalized before being brought back to her cell where she could barely walk or talk.  Hoodfar has been back in Montreal since Sept. 26. 

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Edward Snowden gives a virtual conference at McGill University

It was crowded at McGill University on Wednesday night, with thousands of people waiting outside the Leacock building to attend the Edward Snowden video conference.

Although the conference was scheduled to start at 7 p.m., it was delayed due to a protest by theAssociation of McGill University Support Employees (AMUSE), whose 1,500 members are on strike for better working conditions, from wage increases to employment stability. They formed a picket line in front of the huge crowd of people waiting outside, which prevented people from entering the building of the university. Eventually, people found their way inside, pushing each other through the picket line while screaming “Let us in!”

Due to the amount of people who turned up to hear Snowden speak, organizers had to set up a second room where people could watch a livestream version of the event. The conference began around 8 p.m.

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An Exclusive Interview with Mohamed Fahmy 

Mohamed Fahmy was in Montreal on Thursday for Concordia’s homecoming key lecture series as a speaker. The Concordian had the chance to interview the award-winning journalist who has worked for media outlets such as CNN, the BBC and Al-Jazeera.

A little over a year ago, Fahmy was released from prison in Cairo, Egypt. He, along with two of his colleagues at Al-Jazeera, were accused of being terrorists. The journalists were arrested in December 2013, found guilty in June 2014, and were incarcerated for over 400 days. In 2015, following his release, Fahmy started the Fahmy Foundation alongside his wife, with the goal of fighting the suppression of the press. Now, he is ready to get back into journalism.

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Jack.org Meets Their Royal Highness

Nineteen student leaders from Jack.org, Canada’s only national network of young leaders working to end the stigma of mental health, met with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Oct. 1. Concordia student Miranda Benoit was one of them.

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A Concordia student distributes education

A group of Montreal students, including one from Concordia, travelled to Greece over the summer with a goal to educate and help young adults from refugee camps in the Northern part of the country. Concordia student Joelle Assaf and three of her friends felt personally affected by the current refugee crisis. “We knew we wanted to do something to help out, but we were not sure exactly how to approach it,” said Assaf.

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Jack.org Concordia talks mental health

University can be challenging, and some undergraduates do not know about the free counselling and psychological services offered at the university. However, Jack.org Concordia ensures the student body is aware of the resources available to them.

Jack.org Concordia is a branch of the larger, national Jack.org network. The goal of this network, made up of young leaders, is to change the way people think and talk about mental health.

The organization was founded five years ago after a young man named Jack Windeler died by suicide, Jack.org Concordia’s president, Alexis Lahorra, explained. Windeler was set to begin his first year of university but was struggling with mental health and did not reach out for help. In the wake of his son’s passing, his father, Eric Windeler, created Jack.org with the help of his colleagues and friends. Today, the nation-wide organization is changing the way students think about mental health.

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I am currently the co-news editor of The Concordian, Concordia University Independent Newspaper. I research, write, edit and pitch ideas every week. For more of my work with The Concordian, click here!