Taco Del Mar is one of my favourite restaurants to get Mexican cuisine. What makes Taco Del Mar my favourite place to eat is a combination of the décor and atmosphere, their good food, their excellent service, and their very affordable prices. When first walking in, one will immediately notice that the place is decorated to look like the kind of taco shack you would find on one of the paradise-like beaches in Baja, California. The interior accomplishes this by including furniture such as a surf board table and a table with a palapa umbrella. The décor also has this taco shack feel; the counter where you order your food has bamboo paneling with a shack roof, and there are various surfing and Mexican cuisine pictures on the walls. The atmosphere of friendly employees and an air of casualness works well with this and makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. Secondly, but more importantly, the food and service. When ordering tacos, a burrito, various platters or a quesadilla, one can choose any of four slow cooked meats that make your mouth water at the smell of them cooking behind the window. These meats to choose from are juicy and savoury shredded beef, equally appetizing ground beef, tender chicken, and succulent shrimp, which are all cooked to the perfect consistency. After you choose your meat, you get to put on freshly made toppings. Smooth black or refried beens, Mexican rice, crisp iceberg lettuce, freshly made guacamole with the perfect amount of cilantro, tomato and onions, smooth melted queso, and hot sauce are just a few of the good toppings they have to offer. The employees make these Mexican dishes, with your instruction, right in front of you, and they do it with great skill and politeness. Taco Del Mar also offers the choice of a cool drink on the side. They have all the popular fountain drinks, such as Coke, root beer and Sprite. As well, they have a variety of bottled drinks including some light beers and Mexican sodas. Me personally, I like to enjoy a nice, cold glass of ice water. All of this good service and food must come at an expensive price, but the third thing that makes Taco Del Mar great, is that it is actually quite affordable. It cost about 10 dollars per person depending on what you order. Without a doubt, Taco Del Mar is the place I like to go to get affordable, phenomenal Mexican cuisine. With their great service and a friendly atmosphere, they’ve found a place in my heart with all the things that I value in a restaurant. But it wasn’t always this way. The first time I went to Taco Del Mar, when I was 9 or 10, I remember not knowing what to expect and not wanting to try. As soon as I started eating, I fell in love with both Mexican cuisine and the restaurant. Ever since, my family has been going there at least once every month.
What are you good at? What is your goal?
|Core Competencies||Awesome Already||Need to Grow|
|Creative Thinking||Thinking outside the box, being artistic||N/A|
|Critical Thinking||Asking questions, problem solving, research, using facts, being critical of what people say, and thinking logically.||N/A|
|Positive personal and cultural identity||Proud of who I am||Religion and beleifs|
|Personal awareness and responsibility||Not letting anything get in the way of what you want to do/your dreams, knowing your limits and being kind.||Not being lazy (I’m working on it), Respect (I try)|
|Communication||Being an extravert and using straightforward communication||N/A|
|Social responsibility||Thinking about how your actions will affect others||Sharing wealth|
I chose to represent my data in a kind of collage/drawing because it really shows the information clearly. The arrows with percentage change are colour coded with cliche colours so that you instantly know which is “bad” and which is “good”. With this you can see that right away there is huge decreases in most of the categories, but you can also see which categories we need to improve on. This way of representing data is not only more pleasing to look at than the table but it is also more compact. Those are the main reasons why I chose to represent my data in this fashion.
The song “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” by Pink Floyd, written by Roger Waters, talks about three different British politicians of his time (1977) and how they were corrupt and greedy like pigs. When Waters writes: “And when your hand is on your heart You’re nearly a good laugh” tells of how these politicians pretended to care about the people but in actuality they only cared about themselves and the money they were getting. The song also alludes to two specific people in government at the time, Margaret Thatcher and Mary Whitehouse. When the song talks about Margaret Thatcher it says “You radiate cold shafts of broken glass… You’re hot stuff with a hatpin And good fun with a hand gun.” This is because of her cruel nature and the fact that she made Britain go into The Battle of Falklands, which Roger Waters, hated her for. The song also references Mary Whitehouse; “Hey you, Whitehouse… You’re trying to keep our feelings off the street”. This is referencing the fact that Mary Whitehouse tried to censor any immoral behaviour in the media, especially modern media at the time. He’s saying that she has her opinion and the people have theirs; she is only caring about her own interests. In this song Roger Waters showed us that when humans get into positions of power, they can become greedy and selfish, only looking out for their own interests.
(The following is a documentary on how we made our gender stereotypes PSA for social justice)
(The following is a power point I did on differential calculus and how we can use it in everyday life)
Find primary evidence: How did Canadians feel about conscription? Who supported it and who didn’t?
French-Canadians, farmers, unionized workers, non-British immigrants, and other Canadians, opposed conscription. English-speaking Canadians, Prime Minister Robert Borden and members of his Cabinet, British immigrants, the families of soldiers, and older Canadians, generally supported conscription.
Mrs.Parsons from the Methodist church doesn’t want her sons to die in the war so she didn’t like the idea of conscription. Also non-British immigrants didn’t like conscription because they don’t like the idea of Canada fighting for for Britain and farmers don’t like conscription because there will be no one left to run their farms if their workers get conscripted. On the other hand British people, the prime minister and older people support conscription because they feel that everyone that is able must fight for Britain and anyone that doesn’t is a slacker like in the poster below.
What are the messages in the political cartoons?
Link to the political cartoons: http://www.begbiecontestsociety.org/firstworldwar.htm
The following political cartoons are to put it short, saying that all the war is bringing is death. The one with a map of Europe as a skull is saying that Europe will all be dead after the war, the disposing of the dogs of war one is saying we are basically just sending our troops out to die and the king vulture one is saying that we have lost so many lives that the vulture, a corpse scavenging bird, has been crowned the king (because of all of the death).
Was the Khaki Election rigged or just better democracy?
I feel the Khaki Election was rigged because Prime Minister Robert Borden basically only allowed the group of people that would vote for him, vote. He did this by letting women that were relatives of soldiers and soldiers vote and excluding immigrants and people that were exempted from conscription to vote. The results for this were extremely in favour of conscription (except for Quebec) and some turnouts were even 100% conscription aligned seats.
Was the government acting in the interests of the public when enacting conscription?
I do not think the government was acting in the interests of the public when enacting conscription. I believe this because the soldiers that were being conscripted were fighting Britain’s war and not Canada’s. Canada was just dragged along because Britain still had control of Canada. Although I have this view I do believe conscription should be used in some cases. One of these cases would be if the conscription was for national defense. This makes it so we actually need the citizens to be conscripted. In WW1 Canada as a country didn’t need to fight the war, we were forced to. Wherein the case of national defence conscription is basically teaching every abled bodied person how to defend their country. Since Canada’s national security wasn’t threatened in WW1 I don’t think Prime Minister Robert Borden should have used conscription.
Setting Into Peace
How would you describe the first few years after WWI in Canada? Who was happy, who wasn’t, and why? Evidence?
The workers weren’t happy because of their low wages and the absence of collective bargaining. Evidence of this is the Winnipeg general strike and many other strikes across Canada at the time.
Before these strikes employers were happy because they had lots of control over their workers and could pay them little pay.
The Veterans weren’t happy because they wanted support with housing, a bonus and better penchants. They also weren’t happy that war profiteers made millions while they were gone and that the cost of living was rising.
The Maritimes weren’t happy because they felt they had little influence in Canada because they couldn’t protect important interests in transportation, tariffs, port development and federal subsidies.
Was there any point to the Winnipeg General Strike?
I believe there was no point to the Winnipeg general strike because the whole point of it was to get more rights for workers when it only did the exact opposite. It took away workers rights because the government was worried the workers would have a violent communist uprising so they decided to dismiss all workers if they did not go back to work. After this strike workers had less rights and the and the government had to step in with wage negotiations. And workers only got their union recognition and collective bargaining three decades later.
Why did the Liberals win the election of 1921?
The liberals won because they didn’t have a strong stance on the tariff and instead they tried to be the middle ground between two sides. This made it so they didn’t favour any particular province so more people would vote for them. They also weren’t only focused on one issue like the progressives so it was appealing to more people.
What is the historical context that led to WWI and how can they be organized into the themes of: militarism, alliances, imperialism, nationalism (MAIN)?
The factors that caused WW1 are diverse and complex. The 4 major factors that set the sage for the start of WW1 include militarism, alliances, imperialism and nationalism. And the spark the lit the fires of war was assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.
Militarism: Is the desire for a country to have a strong military. This was a factor that started the war because Britain and Germany started spending lots of money on building up their navies. This all started after Britain defeated the Spanish armada. After Britain did this, they made the Navel Defence act 1889 which stated that they had to have a “2 power standard” regarding their navy. The 2 power standard meant that their navy had to be as strong as the second strongest navy and the third strongest navy combined. So in the event of the second strongest navy and third strongest navy teaming up, Britain would still win. Now when Germany was looking to gain more influence in trade and land they had to build up their navy more because most of the trade was controlled by the trade routes throughout the oceans. And because Britain had the 2 power standard policy this created competition between the 2 countries.
Alliances: Are associations or unions made for mutual benefits. These also played a big part in starting the war because when one country would go to war all of their allies would have to join in too. One of the first alliances that was made, The dual alliance, was between Germany and Austria-Hungary. This alliance was made because the Austrian-Hungarian peoples and the Germans were both Germanic peoples and therefore shared lots of similarities in culture. Later it became the triple alliance when they added in Italy. Then to gain support from Russia, Germany made a different treaty that was separate from the Triple alliance. This was called the reinsurance treaty and It gave Russia some influence with the Balkans and made a promise that each country would remain neutral if the other became involved in a war. But later this deal failed to get renewed because it conflicted with other German alliances. Because Germany’s alliances were getting too powerful, Britain, France and Russia made an alliance called the triple Entente in response to the triple alliance.
Imperialism: Is a policy of extending a country’s power and influence through diplomacy or military force. This policy of Imperialism that Britain, France and Germany had, was yet another factor that led to WW1. In the 18th century Britain controlled territories in Canada, 13 colonies on the coast of North America and now controlled the Atlantic coast, India, and the Caribbean. Because Britain had all of this land and the largest navy after defeating the Spanish armada, they controlled most of the trade routes around the world. This made Germany feel restricted because they were rapidly growing and needed to use these trade routes to access East Asia and West India; “In short, we do not want to put anyone in our shadow, but we also demand our place in the sun. True to the tradition of German policy, we will make every effort to protect our rights and interests in East Asia and West India – without unnecessary harshness, but without weakness either.”-Bernhard von Bülow (1849-1929) gave his famous speech on Germany’s “place in the sun” when he was foreign minister. This speech shows that Germany wanted to expand to be able to trade with other countries so they could have their “place in the sun” which references to a British speech with was talking about how Britain controlled so many colonies across the globe that the sun was always shining in one of them. France also had Imperialistic thoughts during the war because they wanted to take one of their territories called Alsace-Lorraine back from Germany. Germany had gotten control over Alsace-Lorraine after France ceded it to them at the end of the Franco-German war in 1871.
Nationalism: Is an ideology that focuses on promoting the interests of a nation and gaining and maintaining control of the nation’s land. One group of people that had these nationalistic thoughts was the Bosnians. After Serbia gained their independence the Bosnians wanted to have their own country as well because they were a clearly distinct group from other Austria-Hungarians. Austria-Hungary did not like this Idea because the Bosnian land gave them a great access to the Mediterranean Sea and other trade routes.
What was the event that directly started the war?
The event that directly started the war was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. This happened when he was visiting Serbia and he was killed by a terrorist group in Serbia called the Black Hand. This group assassinated the Archduke because they wanted an Independent union of Bosnia and Serbia.
Identify the countries:
Identify the theme and explain the history:
Circled in blue is the triple Entente plus Serbia and circled in yellow is triple alliance. First, Austria-Hungary is declaring war on Serbia because Serbia didn’t let Austria-Hungary do a private investigation on the assassination of Austria-Hungary’s archduke in Serbia. This was for obvious reasons because you don’t just give another country access to all of the information and files you have. Second, Russia starts mobilizing their forces to help Serbia because they do not have a chance to win the war they are in. Third, Germany joins the war because they are allied to Austria-Hungary. And last, Britain and France join the war because they are allied to Russia.
Serbia is depicted as a kid or a little person because their country isn’t very strong at all and they don’t stand a chance until the Entente stepped in.
France and Britain Attack Germany because they are in an alliance with Russia and they are rivals. Britain is rivalled with Germany through militarism (they competed in building up their navies) and through Imperialism (Germany wants more land/access to Asia and Britain is stopping them with their navy and colonized land). And France is rivalled with Germany because in a previous war Germany seized some of their land and now France wants it back.
Explain the sequence of events:
1. A terrorist group from Serbia kills Austria-Hungary’s Archduke and Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia
2. Russia starts mobilizing troops to help Serbia
3. Germany joins the war because they are allied to Austria-Hungary
4. Britain and France join the war because they are allied to Russia.
I think this is from a British perspective because it is written in English and they kind of characterize the the cartoon as it wasn’t at all Britain’s fault and only Serbia and Austria-Hungary’s fault.
Serbia I think is depicted as a child because they aren’t that powerful a country at all.
I think this comic is a satire because it ridicules the chain of alliances by showing it as a chain of people threatening one another. An the “title chain of friendship” is ironic because the countries aren’t friends and just people allied for mutual benefit. Hence the saying “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
To what extend did Canadians support the war (find primary evidence)?
Canada sent around 619,000 Canadian soldiers throughout the whole war because Britain forced them to help.
Search for “Canada WWI war propaganda”, what are the posters trying to make you do and how are they supposed to make you feel? Find some and share your favourites.
This poster wants you to buy victory bonds to help support the war. It makes you feel you need to do so by reminding you of the soldiers over seas that need our help.
This poster is trying to get you to donate to a family fund for wives that can’t support their family without their husband. It makes you feel like you should be doing something to help if you aren’t fighting in the war.
How did the war affect Canada’s development as a nation?
The production of weapons boosted the the economy and the fact Britain forced Canada into the war made more Canadians realize that Canada should have autonomy.
What was it like to fight on land, sea and in the air?
“Being a night bomber I did not have the opportunity to participate in any aerial combats-possibly if I had I wouldn’t be here today to tell it.”
Based on this quote I believe to fight in the air you wouldn’t live very long If you were battling with other airplanes. So there is a low life expectancy for pilots.
“We were co-operating with the Infantry in obliterating several very strong machine gun nests. The artillery had been hammering at them, but every time the infantry went to advance they were met with a stubborn resistance.”
Based on this quote it looks like it is very chaotic in the trenches with heavy machine-gun fire and artillery fire. It also looks like it was very hard to advance because of all of this fire.
“We ran into a 50 mile an hour gale and believe me the waves did pile up, 25 to 50 feet. Here are some of the different positions on deck in 2 minutes: [diagram in original letter].
Once both I and my deck chair shot suddenly for the railing and on the rail I was smashed very unceremoniously into my chair again. A Lt. Col. fell backwards in the smoke room and put his head through a panel in the wall, knocking him senseless. The dishes on the table danced the Highland fling
and one morning our waiter had to set the table 8 times in a half hour. Oh, it was some gale and the number of sick was large. I am quite satisfied with my record and think that I may yet make a good sailor.”
Based on this quote and the letter it is from It doesn’t look like there was much action in the seas and their main enemy was mother nature.
What are some important Canadian contributions to the war on land, sea and in the air?
For the war on land Canada contributed Arthur Currie who helped plan the success of the battle at Vimmy ridge and many other battles.
For the war in the air Canada contributed Roy Brown who shot down the red baron and Canada contributed many other ace pilots.
For the war on the sea Canada contributed by building up a patrol force of 36 ships. To help patrol and defend North American waters. Canadians also made up a substantial part of the ships’ companies of Canada’s cruisers and two submarines
acquired by the British Columbia government.
What are the common themes in the poems? What do they tell you about how soldiers felt about the war?
Common themes in these poems are how horrific war is. In the happy warrior poem it paints this grotesque scene of an injured warrior killing someone and in MCMXIV it talks about how because of the war everything is ruined and there will “Never such innocence again.”
(The following is a political cartoon Illustrating Canadian Identity/discrimination and Canada’s past using metaphors)
My drawing represents how through Canadian history we have discriminated against many groups of people and how only in the last 100 years we have been accepting these groups of people.
The leaking drum of “oil” or, as it is labeled, prejudice, ignorance and unfairness pours into the lake and becomes discrimination. This represents how in Canada’s past, we discriminated against a multitude of different groups and this discrimination is made up of prejudice, ignorance and unfairness. What can also be noted is that there are only 2 people in the picture “Canadian acceptance” and “discriminated groups” so who pushed over the drum? Was it Canadian acceptance to begin with?
The setting represents Canadian landscape (the mountains represent the Rockies and the northern territories, the trees represent the a large amount of trees Canada has, the meadows represent the prairies and the lake represents the large amount of fresh water Canada has).
To not exclude any discriminated groups I didn’t put any specific groups in my drawing and instead I put a person that represents all discriminated groups. The main groups that Canada has discriminated against, in the past, that are represented by this person include: Chinese people, Indian people, First Nations people, Woman, and LGBTQ2 people. The fact that this person that represents discrimination is being pulled out by Canadian acceptance is trying to show that we are starting to accept all previously discriminated groups.
Chinese immigrants came to build the CPR from 1880-1885. These workers were expected to work longer hours for lower pay than their non-Chinese co-workers. After the railway was built cheap labour wasn’t needed anymore so people thought the Chinese would take their jobs. This made people think to pressure the government to put a tax on Chinese immigrants which went from $50 to $500. And for the time $500 was equal to 2 years pay! This Chinese head tax caused many difficulties for Chinese immigrants. And I think this tax showed directly that people just wanted the Chinese for their cheap labour and then they wanted them to leave. As Canada started to accept the Chinese people the tax was lifted in 1923.
Here is a primary source talking about anti-Asian riots
Indian immigrants were discriminated in the Komagata Maru incident when 340 Sikhs, 24 Muslims and 12 Hindus boarded the Komagata Maru to go from Hong Kong to Vancouver. These immigrants were not allowed to get off their boat once they reached Vancouver because a racist policy called the continuous passage act made it so Indian immigration was legal as long as they came directly from India. This law obviously was meant to prevent Indian immigration because considering the distance from India it would be very hard to be on a ship for that long.
Here is a primary source in the form of a political cartoon
Since these two incidents of racism against immigrants, Canada has made multiple apologies and we allow all immigration based on a point system which lets in immigrants that have good education, speak English or French etc. But you don’t have to meet all the requirements you only have to get a 67% score.
Our First Nations peoples were discriminated against using the Indian act which was put in place in 1876. In this act it basically makes First Nations people into “wards of the state” which is basically saying they are below us and we need to give them extra support. But this support wasn’t a good kind of support. It put many First Nations people’s kids in residential schools to try to “kill the Indian in the child” and in these schools they tried to rip away their culture by forbidding them from speaking their language and practicing their traditions. They also under fed these children and abused them heavily. Although many amendments were made to the Indian act we are still trying to reconcile and apologize to our first nations people today.
Here is a website with some videos of First Nations people talking about their experiences at residential schools
Throughout the 19th century woman were seen as inferior to men and thus were forced to be caretakers of children and of home. At this time woman also had no right to vote or deal with government. Soon people realized that woman should have the right to vote and this was especially the case after a woman’s movement to prohibit alcohol succeeded in 1917. After this woman started to get more rights such as the ability to run for MP, be appointed to senate, etc until eventually woman had the same rights as men.
Here is a primary source to show thoughts on woman at the time
The last main discriminated group is LGBTQ2 people. Until one of Canada’s omnibus bills legalized homosexuality, homosexuality was illegal but this really started to change after a gay man called Everett Klippert was jailed indefinably just for being gay. They said that he was a dangerous sexual offender and that he had to be jailed to protect the public but people soon realized that he was actually not a sexual offender and just had a different sexual orientation and 4 years later Canada’s omnibus bill legalized homosexuality.
Here is the website with the news story on Klippert
To conclude, Canadian Identity, I found, is really about accepting others differences and letting that make us who we are and letting that make us stronger as a country. Because of our history of having many immigrants it forced us to accept each others differences in nationality, sexuality, and/or racially. With my project I really wanted to show that nature of acceptance using someone helping someone out. Because now that has become what it really means to be Canadian.