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Hot Topics

Hot topics are current issues that are controversial in nature. People take sides and argue about them. The debate spills over to the Internet (blogs, podcasts, YouTube, wikis, Facebook, etc.). Articles appear in the newspapers and other media outlets.

This site is a link to sources of information, so that you can become informed about important issues that may have an impact on your life in the future. We've tried to find the best sources, an often difficult and time-consuming task, but it is still only a beginning. If you want to be well informed, you need to conduct your own independent research.

More topics will be added as time permits. We also welcome suggestions for additional topics. Contact us at ssns@frontiersd.mb.ca. See below, for the controversial topics we have already researched.

  • Global Warming: Is it real? Are people responsible for it? Or, is it a natural climatic cycle? These are questions that are being debated all over the world. In this section we present both the "Yes" side and the "No" side.

  • The Indian Industry: According to author Calvin Helin, and co-authors Frances Widdowson and Howard Albert, whose controversial books have generated heated discussions across the country, many people earn their living on the backs of aboriginal people. Tune in on the debate over what these authors have to say, and hone your critical reading skills at the same time.

  • Kennewick Man and Control of the Past: Who owns the artefacts of the ancients? Do they belong to humanity as a whole or to special interest groups? Once discovered, how should we handle them? These are questions raised by the discovery and subsequent struggle for control of a 9000 year old skeleton discovered near Kennewick, Washington.
Last updated: October 7, 2009


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