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What issue could I use for my project?I have to do a report on an issue, make a button...

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nhl123 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted December 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM via web

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What issue could I use for my project?

I have to do a report on an issue, make a button about that same issue and write a letter to my MP about that issue. The problem is, I don't know what to write it on. The issue can be anything. Anybody have any ideas? Some could be issues like gun control or addiction.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 28, 2012 at 8:15 PM (Answer #2)

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Poverty and education are two other issues that often take on a political character and can be discussed in political, social and practical terms.

Writing a report on either of these, you will find plenty of material to read through and use to develop an argument.  

For poverty, you might research causes of poverty and/or methods to alleviate poverty. 

For education, you might research common complaints about education's faillures. Or, to put these two issues together, you might research the relationship between education and poverty. 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 28, 2012 at 9:18 PM (Answer #3)

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If I remember correctly, you are from Canada.  I suppose that you might try to do something about the NHL lockout.  Maybe you could advocate for the creation of a new version of the NHL.  Maybe you could argue that it should be based in Canada since Canadians are much more devoted hockey fans than Americans even though the vast majority of teams are now based in the U.S.  That way, the Canadian government could have more control over the league since right now it would be very difficult for the Canadian government to force a bunch of teams based in the US to settle with the union.

For your report, you might look at the sorts of barriers that would stand in the way of the creation of such a new league.

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portd | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted December 28, 2012 at 9:38 PM (Answer #4)

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One issue you can address are the levels of debt your various levels of government are carrying. This includes the Federal government dealing with National Debt, your provincial leaders dealing with Provincial Debt, as well as councilors in your area who deal with Regional or City/Town Debt. This is certainly an issue that will catch the ear of your Member of Parliament (MP), as well as other politicians.

Citizenry worldwide are demanding accountability from politicians who waste taxpayers dollars because of poorly thought out and planned government policies and programs. Debt load is a major issue in a host of societies today and gets to the heart of the financial health and economic performance of countries...and by extension their provincial, regional, and local economies.

Sound fiscal policy is essential to instituting programs that contribute to the economic health of diverse areas of a country. You can investigate and study this issue and come up with compelling questions to ask your MP. Questions could include "What taxation measures is the government contemplating to garner more revenue to reduce debt?"  Another question can be, "What incentives is the government providing businesses so they can grow their businesses, which will result in more tax revenue for the government?"

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 29, 2012 at 4:01 AM (Answer #5)

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Given the rise in school shootings and recent tragic events, particularly in Connecticut, gun control and the Second Amendment are a much debated topic lately.  You could find many very current and relevant articles on the subject from both sides of the issue.  Not only has President Obama come out strong on the issue since the school shooting, but many other heavy-weight politicians are weighing in with their opinions as well.  Gun control has been a divisive issue for years and will continue to be a hot button topic in politics for years to come. 

You could also easily do a spin-off topic in relation to escalated gun violence, such as violent video games.

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted December 31, 2012 at 3:21 PM (Answer #6)

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If  I were going to do such a report right now, I'd focus on the need for the private sector to begin to carry the burden of the social programs that are weighing down the federal government with debt. It used to be that families assumed the duty of caring for their members, rather than relying on the government. It looks like the government is not going to be able to continue to run the big, costly programs that we have come to depend on, so it's going to fall to families, private charity organizations, and churches.

How can the government promote this transfer of  responsibility?

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 1, 2013 at 9:05 PM (Answer #7)

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If you are in Canada, why not do a project on the possible secession of Quebec? This has been a contentious issue for a long time, and to the best of my knowledge, it has not been figured out yet. Some citizens in Quebec feel that they have a specific national identity separate from the rest of Canada; considering that Alaska, connected to Canada in the Northwest, is part of the U.S. instead of Canada, is there a significant reason not to allow secessions? What might be the political impact of secession on the rest of the country, and what would make Canada, and by extension England, choose to allow it? Would military force be used to quell an "uprising," or would the rest of the country simply refuse to recognize the secession and continue operating inside Quebec borders?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 12, 2013 at 2:55 AM (Answer #8)

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I suggest finding an issue you care about. One I have learned about recently is genetically modified foods. In some countries they are not even labeled. This could be a world health issue, or a local one. It's a very timely topic.
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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted January 13, 2013 at 11:37 PM (Answer #9)

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I think several issues could be timely and important to you.  Chemicals used in the growing of food has become a hot button issue with many turning to organically grown food which is another whole issue by itself.  Another issue tied to the same idea is that chemicals in everything around us from the food we eat to the carpet we walk on expose people to chemicals continually.  Scientists are now finding that chemicals once thought safe at certain levels are not really safe at any level.  These chemical exposures are giving rise to the thought that perhaps this constant exposure is creating much of the rise in once rare medical conditions.  Everyone usually thinks autism, but many other conditions are on the rise such as Type II diabetes even in the very young. Depending on your own feelings about which issues are important, choose two or three to make quick lists of your knowledge and interest, and then narrow down to one based on the checklists.

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted January 25, 2013 at 1:44 PM (Answer #10)

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A poll published in July 2012 shows that the death penalty is again a contentious issue for Canadians and one that might be good to discuss in a letter to your MP. The death penalty was outlawed in Canada in 1975 and has had changing results in polls since then. The highest percentage supporting it was 79 percent in 1987. The lowest percentage was 49 percent in 2004. The upticked published in the 2012 poll was 65 percent in favor of the death penalty. The change seems to be precipitated by dramatic murders involving children. According to pollster and Ipsos senior vice-president John Wright, the questions Canadians seem to be asking are whether rehabilitation is always possible for all criminals and whether some criminals are inherently evil. 

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