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.