Monday, 28 December 2015

German Perspective at the end of World War 1

As a citizen of Germany, I am infuriated by the outcome of World War 1. Germany was blamed for the entire war and in the end we lost and were humiliated. Not only did we lose much of our land to the English and other countries internationally but we were also forced to apologize?! Also along with that we were forced to pay for all the war expenses of other countries. How is this fair to the Germans and to our economy and country?! A payment such as this would be a devastating blow to our economy, leaving the country scrambling and divided. Along side all of this, we were forced to reduce our military to under 100,000 soldiers and we have been forbidden from using weapons. If a time of combat arises, we will be defenseless. Many countries believe this was "the war to end all wars" however I have a feeling this will not be the case. Although we are weak and recovering now, when the German empire is strong once again, I know we will fight for our land and what is rightfully ours.

The Roaring 20's

The Roaring 1920's was a historically significant time period in Canada's history. After the World War 1, the Canadian economy began to grow the lifestyles of Canadians were changing. Since the war had ended, many people thought of this time as a recovery and celebration stage. Canada had gained respect for their efforts in the war and had even started to gain some independence. Canadians also began to develop a new lifestyle after the war that was fairly similar to the British ways and culture. There was newly arising opportunities in many cities across Canada which caused many people to move and settle down in these cities. This is a good example of something we see a lot today and historical perspective. When people see a good opportunity for themselves or their families, they will take it. For example, the city of Waterloo is well known for technology. Therefore we attract a lot of technological workers to our area. The film talked about how there was many new factories being built and many new manufactured goods were being made and bought. There was a lot of money being circulated which was good for the economy and also put manufacturers in a very good and comfortable place. Along with this, there were great advances to technology at the time. This lead to the popularization of products such as radios.  These were historically significant factors that led to the economic boom in Canada in the 1920's.
However not all was well for everyone. Many people had a hard time adjusting after the war was over including veterans, woman working on the home front and people who had lost loved ones in the war.  Many veterans had to wait as long as up to many months to return home due to the large amount of people away fighting. Finally when they did return, there was many difficulties they had to face. While they were away at war, the pricing for housing had steeped significantly and many found it hard to find affordable housing. Also jobs were hard to find and so was the training needed for specialized jobs. However the hardest adjustments had to be made by the veterans that had been injured during the war. For example the loss of a limb would require you to have to learn to newly adapt to your surroundings and this is a great example of cause and consequence. The members of the home front also had a big adjustment to make but it mainly just affected the woman. Woman had been used as factory workers during the war. However, when the men returned home from the war many woman were forced to go back to their old jobs of being a house worker. This job obviously did not pay and was not really considered a job. As you can probably assume, many people who had lost a family member or loved one in the war had a lot of adjusting to do. It was a tough situation and required a lot of healing and time.
After playing the game I learned that since Canadian Culture had been revolutioned, life for both men and women at home was fairly comfortable and peaceful after the war. Certain opportunities were now becoming equal for both men and women in the workplace. This also lead to the positive change in equal rights where almost all woman in Canada had the right to vote by the end of the 1920's which is an excellent example of continuity and change. Fashion was all the rage in the 1920's. Men enjoyed wearing their dress pants while woman discovered skin tight one piece bathing suits. As well, sources of entertainment were far more plentiful in the 1920's. Things such as magic acts and dog shows became much more common and people were enjoying themselves more often. To add to all this fun being had, there was many more Canadians attending University and graduating with a degree. These new and positive ways of thinking lead to a much more enjoyable life for Canadians during the 1920's. 

The Most Desirable Role in WW1

World War 1 is known as an extremely devastating and significant event for everyone involved including Canadians. This event forced many people to risk their lives fighting for their countries. Also, there were many that remained at home to fulfill duties of the household and factories. There was 3 main roles a soldier could have while in the military. There was naval service, land front and Air Force. Along with these 3 roles, there was also the home front. The home front was a role that did not involve being in combat, but instead remained at home and worked in factories. All of these roles were significant in World War 1, however I believe the Air Force was the most desirable position. Although this was defiantly not the safest role you could have in World War 1, it did involve good living conditions and a lot of respect. Everyone who fought in the war is thought of as a hero although members of the Air Force in particular received a lot of respect. They were seen as "heroes" to the public, which is a lot better than what was thought of the men who stayed on the Homefront. Men on the Homefront received very little respect and were thought of as cowards because they didn't go and fight for their country in the military. Also, members of the Air Force and all military personnel were paid well compared to a member of the Homefront who received little money for there days spent in the factories. Living conditions for the members of the Air Force were very well but we're obviously not as good as the living conditions for the Homefront. As a member of the Homefront, you got to remain in your own house and sleep in a bed every night and everything would be very comfortable and familiar. Although members of the Air Force didn't get to remain in their own homes, they did get to sleep in barracks with beds. This is much more desirable and comfortable compared to the living conditions of those in the naval service and land front. As you can see, being a member of the Air Force had its advantages. However, the safety was not ideal. As one can imagine, being in the Homefront was the safest position during World War 1. Although they worked in factories with dangerous objects, they did not have to fear combat. Members of the Air Force had to endure freezing temperatures and high wind speeds while flying. There was also the fear of crashing or being shot down while in combat. However, this is still better than the safety of the land front and naval services. Overall, the members of the home front had the best safety but the living conditions and respect one would receive from being in the Air Force is more desirable. This is why I believe being a member of the Air Force was the most desirable position during World War 1.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Part 3: Aging Population

1.  This issue is significant to Canada as a whole and everyone is going to be affected. Our very large elderly population (baby boomers) are coming close to the age of retirement. This means that there is going to be many more jobs to fill and that Canadians will have to pay higher taxes to support the retired population.

2. The aging population in Canada sheds light on many issues that Canadian Citizens will face in the near future. Because all the elderly people are retiring, we are going to have many jobs to fill. This may lead to some promotions for some people and hopefully a lot more younger Canadian citizens will become employed. However, one of the downfalls of this is that we’re going to see a higher tax rate. Working Canadian Citizens will have to pay for all healthcare the elderly might need as well as pay so more nursing homes can be built. Eventually there will be a significant drop in Canada’s population which could possibly lead to a damaged economy.

3. This issue will defiantly be significant in 10 years. In 10 years we will see many of the baby boomers retired, higher tax rates and more job openings especially in the medical fields. However in 25 years this issue will still be important but it’s effect won’t be as notable or strong. In 25 years many of the baby boomers may have passed away. The thing that Canada will be worrying about in 25 years is getting the economy back to normal but besides that all the effects of the aging population should have subsided.

Part 2: 1995 Quebec Referendum

An issue we've focussed on the semester was the relationship between the French and English Canadians and how much of an impact the 1995 Quebec Referendum had on the citizens of Quebec and Canada as a whole.

1. This issue was significant for Canada as a whole but also it was even more significant for the people who lived in Quebec. All of Canada would have been affected because if Quebec had separated into their own country then Canada would have been divided. Also many Canadians said that they wanted Canada to remain the same because they want their children to have the same Canada they did while they were growing up. However, residents of Quebec were impacted the most by this. The opinions were diverse and both sides felt very strongly about the idea. If Quebec had split into it’s own country the citizens would have been impacted heavily. They would have had to elect their own government, make their own laws and the day to day life for regular people would have changed.

2. This issue shed light on the many problems between the French Canadians and English Canadians over the years. People living in Quebec (and more specifically French-Canadians) were forced to speak English while at work and the pay between English people and French people living in Quebec was over $1500. The Quiet Revolution took place over many years. After many years, Canada finally became a bilingual country. However, soon afterward Bill “22” was passed which state that French was the only official language in Quebec. Finally in 1995 Rene Levesque held a Referendum to see if Quebec would support him in the separation of Quebec from Canada.  The people in Quebec decided against it but the votes were so close together. Even to this day there are many people who want to see Quebec separate from Canada including the people of the Bloc Quebecois and Parti Quebecois parties and the people who support them.

3. I think this event will still be significant for Canadians in 10 years. Knowing that there are still parties and people fighting for the separation leads me to believe that this event will be relevant for many years to come. Especially if something of that nature were to happen again. Seeing how close the vote was means that it could have gone either way and it may happen again sometime in the future. I think this event will be significant until all the people in Quebec are happy or until they separate if that were to ever happen.

Part 1: Residential Schools

In our history class up to this point, we've spent a lot of time focussing on the aboriginal people of Canada and the significant events that involved them. One of the things we focussed on were the residential schools for aboriginal children and I was asked to answer the following questions.

1. The Residential schools were significant to the aboriginal people of Canada. The aboriginal children were taken from a young age and forced to abandon their beliefs, language and family. At the time, this issue did not affect anyone else. English children could still practice their beliefs and speak their language when they went to school and the whole concept of the residential schools was to convert the beliefs of the aboriginal  children so that the future generations would be more like the english people living in Canada.

2. The event sheds light on the long-lasting issue of problems between the aboriginal people and the government. The way the aboriginal children were treated at the residential schools was extremely cruel and unnecessary. The survivors were never given a formal apology from the government until Stephen Harper apologized in 2008. Even though this apology has been made, a lot of the damage is still present. There is still some issues with money between the government and aboriginal people and the relationship is still not where it should be.

3. I think the residential schools will continue to be significant for the aboriginal people for a very long time. In 10 years many of the survivors may still be alive and in 25 years there children will still be sharing the stories. However, unless this issue keeps being talked about in schools, I think this topic may be forgotten by some people as the years go on. People who were not affected personally by this may and who aren’t well informed may forget about this topic in 10 or 25 years.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

321: Fort McMoney

After watching the video on Oil Sands in Fort Mcmoney and playing the interactive video game, I was asked to complete a 321. This is a strategy to help analyze a piece of text and pull out critical information and ideas. You list 3 things you discovered, 2 things you agree or disagree with and 1 question you still have.

This was a topic that I wasn't well informed about in the past, so I learned a lot of new information. One thing I didn't know is how the factories that separate the oil and gravel work around the clock. They never shut down which means operate 7 days a week for 24 hours each day. The next thing I learned was something that I was not pleased with. Finding out that Canada is one of the biggest polluting countries in the developing world came as a shocker to me. The amount of oil we extract and burn not only affects the air quality for Canadians specifically, but also for the entire atmosphere as a whole. The final thing I discovered was that 40,000 square kilometres of land is used for oil sands. I do not think the number has to be that big. I feel like how much land they use for oil sands is excessive and not needed and is taking away from other things that could be there instead.

One thing that I did agree with in the video, was the law the government passed. This put a restriction on greenhouse gas emissions and how much they can emit. Another thing I agree with is the opinions of some of the people living in Alberta. The oil sands are definitely developing at a rapid pace and production needs to be slowed down.

One question I have after watching this video is if the government realizes how much damage they are doing to the environment and how far will this go until they realize they need to cut back?

Friday, 23 October 2015

Election Predictions

Our class was asked to take multiple quizzes about the upcoming federal election as well as answer some questions about our opinions and who we thought should win. Before taking these quizzes, we had discussions in class about who we would vote for if we had the chance and who we thought should win. I personally sided with the NDP party because I believed in their platform and their plans for Canada especially when it came to Healthcare. However I had a feeling that they would not have the votes, so my second choice was the Liberal party. I believed in many of their ideas and concepts and had faith that their leader would be a good fit for Canada. 

After taking the quizzes I saw there defiantly was some differences in the results I got. While I did mainly side with Liberal, one of the quizzes suggested that I side mainly with the Conservative party. I did not see that result coming as I feel very strongly about some of the things the conservatives have done while in power as well as I disagree with some of their platform. 

My group was divided about who should win the election. One other person and I thought NDP while the other 3 believed conservative should. We even got into some very heated debates about our opinions considering they did differ and were very strong. In the end however, neither side was correct or got their way. The liberals ended up winning a majority government and also won our riding. Although it did not go along with what our group wanted, it did match up with some of my quiz results. I am happy with the party that came into power. I believe that they have good plans for Canada and will hopefully do great things for our country. 

Here are some of my quiz results

Political spectrum test 

Vote Savy

I Side With

Canadian Vote Compass
Policy Face-Off Machine 

My "Lollipop" Moment

After watching a TED talk in class the other day, it made me start thinking about some “lollipop” moments in my life. It was hard trying to find a moment that I think helped define me, but in the end I chose a recent moment that helped define me as a dancer.

I’ve had a passion for dance ever since I was 5 years old and dance has been a major thing in my life for the past 10 years. Although I always loved dancing, I was never really confident in my abilities until my recital this year. I loved being on stage and having fun doing something I loved, but I was always afraid that it wasn’t good enough. After just completing the year end recital last year a young girl named Emma from the studio and her Mom came up too me. I was a helper in Emma's competitive group so her and her mom knew me well. Emma handed me a bouquet of flowers and her Mom went on a huge speech. She thanked me for being Emma's helper and dedicating so much time to help make her a better dancer. She then continued to tell me how I'm her families favourite dancer to watch from the studio. She said that at recital and showcase they always find me in my groups and watch me and how my solo was one of her favourite numbers from that year. She mentioned that her and Emma had a rule where they couldn't leave a competition until they've seen me dance at least once and said that Emma's Grandma (who's very involved in Emma's dance) has said for years that I have amazing stage presence and potential. Once her Mom had finished Emma told me that she wants to be an amazing dancer just like me when she gets older. I often still think back on this moment a lot. Ever since that day I've felt a lot more confident as a dancer and I've been working even harder in the studio. I know for a fact that remembering what Emma's mom said is going to help a lot with my confidence during competition season. Emma's mom told me that she wished they had told me all those things earlier but I'm happy she told me when she did. It was good timing and I still remember every word she said. Overall this moment has helped define and shape the dancer I am today. Not only that, but it's helped with my confidence in my life outside the studio. I'm extremely happy knowing that walking into this year's competition season, I'll be a lot more sure of myself and my abilities.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Congratulations Canada on your National Igloo!

In class we watched a video by Rick Mercer entitled Talking to Americans. Personally, I got a good laugh out of this video and thought it was one of the funniest things I’ve seen in awhile. However, while watching it again and thinking about it in a more serious manner, this video really made me think. Do Americans seriously know this little about us?

First of all, I defiantely do not think we stereotype Americans as much as much as they stereotype us. I know it's hard to believe, but Canada has more than igloo, moose and hockey players. I think the funniest part of the stereotypes were that over half of them were totally unbelievable and outrageous and that the Americans still followed along and believed them. I defiantely do not think we are as ignorant to news in America as they are too us. As a Canadian, I’m taught about 9/11 and the consequences it brought to America and regularly am informed about USA news and events that are happening there. I know about some of the important buildings and monuments like the White House and Mount Rushmore. The fact that they thought we had a national igloo is slightly worrisome, especially coming from a member of their government.

I don’t believe there is a true Canadian identity. Canada is so diverse in many ways that’s it’s hard to choose an identity. We have many different values, beliefs, ethnicities and ways of life. We are such a large country with many different lifestyles, cultures and land types with a wide range of climate. I don’t think Canada’s identity can be put just into one word. However, being Canadian does have a great impact on my own identity. I am extremely proud to be a Canadian and always will be. I live in a country where everyone is accepted and being different isn’t a bad or unusual thing.  Because I live in countries I get so many opportunities that many others take advantage of. I get to receive a good education, get to live a good life and I’m given amazing health care. Knowing that I live in a country that is more fortunate than others has helped me see and appreciate everything I’ve been given. I’ve been able to do almost anything I want and I’m thankful that I live in a country with so much diversity and things to be thankful for.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Commencement Speech Comparison

I think I agree most with the Steve Jobs speech. Although Tim Minkin’s was very entertaining and had some great jokes thrown in throughout the entire time, I think Steve Jobs did a really good job at getting the point across.
In my opinion, a commencement speech should be something serious and inspiring. I think Tim Minkin’s speech was too much of a joke. While it was very funny and entertaining, I felt like the speech didn’t have a lot of depth to it. One of the first things he mentions in the speech is “You might find some of this stuff inspiring. You will definitely find some of it boring and you will definitely forget all of it within a week.” A commencement speech is supposed to be something inspiring and something that everyone will remember. HIs first 3 life lessons is telling people that a dream isn’t necessary, to not seek happiness and everything is based on luck. These basically go against everything that kids are told from a young age and it’s not very good things to be preaching during a commencement speech. So starting off by saying you’ll forget everything means he’s totally missing the point of a commencement speech.
However, Steve Jobs took a very formal and effective approach to his speech. He based his speech off of his real life experience. This way it was possible for the audience to connect his lessons to a real experience and see how they can actually help them in their lifetime. He told stories of some of his “failures” and said how they helped make his successes possible. I thought it was a lot more inspirational and uplifting and left the people listening with the thoughts that they will succeed in the future. I think the students would have taken this speech a lot more seriously over Tim’s.

Overall I agree with Steve Job’s speech over Tim Minkin’s because I feel the message was more relatable, inspiring and motivating.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The Most Important People in my Life

"You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with"

I feel so blessed that I'm surrounded by people who love and care about me and would do anything for me.

The most important person in my life is my Mom. No question about it. My mom is always there for me when I need her, and in the past year I've needed her a lot. I can tell her anything and she's the person I go to for all my advice with problems I'm having. I'm so lucky to have a mom who tries to be that friend figure as well. She works 7 days a week to make sure I can go to dance class every week and do what I love. She works so hard for my siblings and I and still comes home and makes sure she has quality time for all of us. My mom is my greatest role model. She is so strong and has overcome so much and I hope that one day I can be half the person she is. She has helped me shape into the person I am right now and hasn't ever given up on me or lost hope when others have. I know she's been in a lot of stress this past year because of me and I'll never be able to thank her enough for all she's done for me. If I didn't have a person like her caring for me I honestly don't know where I'd be right now.

The next most important person is my life is my sister Ariel. Were not even 2 years apart in age and were probably the definition of a love/hate relationship. She's someone who I tell all my new stories first. If there's drama going on at my school, there's a good chance she knows about it and vice versa. I've had my fair share of family problems throughout my life and the only constant thing throughout all those times was Ariel. We've literally faced every single problem together and that's created a bond that nobody can break. Ariel balances me out well because she's very chill and with the flow while I'm usually more up tight. She brings out the fun in me and can make me smile or laugh even in the worst possible situations. She's defiantly a social butterfly and I love seeing how comfortable she is with new people and how there instantly drawn to her. She has helped me try to step out of my shell and be more social and she's been so understanding and I can't thank her enough for that. She's seen me at absolute rock bottom and some of the best moments of my life. I'm working on gaining some of her social confidence. I'm so grateful that I not only have one of the best younger sisters a girl could ask her, but I can also look up too.

My Stepdad Mario is the 3rd most important person in my life. I can not put into words how grateful I am to have this man in my life. He is literally all I could have asked for in a Stepdad. He has stepped up this past year and I am so thankful. This past year I've been missing a father figure who's there all the time. He gladly became the father figure I needed has been doing it ever since. In my opinion a Father isn't based on blood, it's a person who provides for you, cares for you and is there for you whenever you need them. Over the past year I've grown to see Mario more as a Father instead of a Stepdad. He works 2 jobs and works so hard to make sure I can dance, have food on the table and have a roof over my head. The thing I probably admire him the most for though, is how he agreed to take on 2 kids who weren't even his own and treat them as if they were. He is extremely head strong and passionate about the things he believes in. He's trying to make me realize that my happiness comes first and that my well being comes before anything else. He is such an inspiration to me and is the main male figure I have in my life. He's taught me that nothing in life is free and I have to work for everything I want because nothing is just handed to you and I hope that one day I can gain some of his best characteristics.

The next important person in my life is my other younger sister Rory. I spend a lot of time with this little midget and she's taught me many things in the short 7 years she's been here. She is one of the happiest people I know and you can find her smiling almost all the time (not so much at the dinner table) and she always loves to make me laugh or have a good time. She is basically a little mini me. Our parents often say how much she's like me when it comes to her good heart, sassy attitude and love of dance. Luckily for me, when Rory was 5 she decided she wanted to do dance instead of soccer (take that Ariel) and now I get the opportunity to spend so much quality time with her bonding over something we both love. She has taught me how changing your mind set can change your entire attitude. When I still went to my Dad's house last year, she would cry when we had to leave for the weekends but than she would literally count down the days until we got back and would always freak out when we came back 2 days later. She always surprises me with how smart and wise she is at just 7 years old. I find it insane how much of my situation she can actually comprehend and understand. She knows what to do in all my situations and exactly how to cheer me up. Everytime I see her happy or see her laugh when she tells a really funny story I aim to be that happy all the time and she's taught me that my happiness is a necessity.

Last but certainly not least is one of my best friends Maya. I haven't known Maya for that long (only 2 year) but I would be totally lost without this girl. I swear she's the only thing that keeps me sane. My family doesn't even consider her as one of my friends anymore, we think of her as a sister. I'm so lucky I get to spend so much time with her because seeing her is always a huge highlight of my week. Before every dance class, she comes to my house from school and we go to dance together and spend class together as well. Maya is probably one of the oddest people you'll ever meet and I mean that in the best way possible. She has a totally unique perspective on different situations and has her own slang words that sound like they should be in the 1980's instead of coming out of the mouth of a 16 year old girl. She is so free spirited and fun to be around and she can always make my day 10x better. On days we can't see each other, we spend a lot of time facetiming or texting. She is one of the only people who are able to calm my pre stage nerves at competitions and she knows exactly what to do to calm me down if I start freaking out. I always need to have her backstage with me whether it's for a group or for my solos. She is literally the older sister I never had and is one of the best things that ever happened to me. I don't know where I'd be without this girl in my life. She balances me out so well and she's one of the only people I feel totally safe with and can open up to about everything including drama, problems or my situation. She brings out the best in me and she's taught me how important it is to be yourself and always believe in yourself and that's something that I can never thank her enough for.

Even though I don't get to spend a lot of time with her and I ran out of people I thought it was defiantly important to include my sister Charlotte in this paragraph who's turning 4 in 3 days. I don't get to see her that much anymore and that has defiantly weighed heavy on me. But it's made me be a better person and also helped me be the bigger person. I make an effort to talk to her whenever possible and I push aside my problems with my Dad about once a month so I can see her just for an hour or 2. It's so important to me that she realizes that even though I'm not there all the time and I don't live with her, doesn't mean I don't want to see her every second of everyday and be the best sister I can be in the situation I've been given.

I'm so blessed to have these people in my life. They've seen me at my absolute worst and still love me no matter what. I hope my relationship with these people never weakens because I need them all in my life.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Multiple Intelligences Self Assessment

After completing the Multiple Intelligences Self Assessment I learned that I am a linguistic, musical and interpersonal learner. None of these really surprised me because they match my personality to a tee.

I've always had a love for all things english. I'm a very active reader and I love to write anything from my own stories, poems or even blog posts like this one. My dancing established a love of music from a young age. I'm constantly listening to music whether I'm dancing in the studio or just listening to music with my headphones in. Group work has always been one of my favourite things. I find that I learn better in a group because I stay more motivated and focused throughout the project and I just generally prefer group work over working alone.

I still have absolutely no idea what I want to do when I'm older. However, knowing this information could help me in my education and in the future as I choose career information. Since I'm a linguistic learner I could look at possibly a major in english or choosing a career such as a journalist or author. I've always had a dream of opening my own dance studio when I'm older and that's where the musical and interpersonal could come in. It could be an opportunity to collaborate with other dance instructors and also students. I also love choreography dances, and I would have a chance to do that all the time.

Taking this quiz helped me put things into perspective. It's always good for a person to know what their strengths and weaknesses are. Now that I know this information, I could use it to help me better my education and also help me finally make a decision on the career I would like to have in the future.