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The Illiegal is a book where a boy named Kieta has to run in order to survive. His mom had a heart attack, his father was executed, and his sister has left for university. Being alone, Kieta has to run in order in order to survive. Kieta was a little boring at first, but as the story moved on, he turned into a character where anyone can relate too. however, I can only see it from an outside perspective, where as other people could relate to Kieta more than other people. I love Kieta’s character, he wants to see his sister agian, and win marathons in memory for his father. I would love to see more in Kieta’s character.


Viola comes in like chapter 5 or 6. She’s a sports reporter who is really interested in the people who are being deported. She wants to help them, by trying to get peolpe to read her article. Viola is not really intresting. Her traits aren’t very creative and intresting. She tends to look only on one side of the story, and completely ignore the other side. She’s very boring, she’s more like a regular reporter, wanting to go higher with her career.

John is character that is very interested in the marathon runners. He was creating a documentary about the marathon runners. He really admires them, how they run and commited they are. The whole story of Keita’s life is about running, how you get rich and respect for running. I like how John admires them, shows he’s a genuine character. However, the way he shows his admiration is kinda too cliche. Most characters in other stories are like this, like Sarah Heart from the book series “I am Number Four.”

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Blog post, Statistics



The bell curves was probably my favorite part in this unit. The z-scores was a little difficult because I had to go to the textbook to look at the z-score table in order figure out if I would be in the above average or below, or maybe even in average.

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BC historical Trip (part 2)



BC Historical trip copy

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BC historical trip (Part 1)


Oregon Territory: Site: Vancouver

Sites connection: The Hudson Bay Company established posts like Fort Vancouver in the Oregon territory in the 1830’s

History: There was a boundary disputes between the U.S. & Britain to who would get Buget sound & the remainder of Washington. Whilst HBC had trading posts such as Fort Vancouver wich was also the departments HQ. When the HQ was moved to Fort Victoria this started to shift the balance of power for the boundary dispute. Eventually, American presence was substantial, and they began to push for claim on  the entire Oregon territory. By 1846, a treaty was signed and the land was given to the US.


Colony of Vancouver Island:

Site: Nanimo

Site Connection: When the economy of Vancover island was booming during the 1850’s. Nanaimo was made into a permanent settlement, originally named Colville

History: The British realized that an official British presence was need. To do this, they created the colony of Vancouver Island. Richard Blandshard would be the first governor of the colony, but would quickly resign, with James Douglas stepping in. Land was offered cheap, and the economy boomed, and a naval base was built.


Colony of BC:

Site: New Westmister

Sites Connection: Richard Moody picked the site New wesminster is on and the town would become the capital for a shattime. When the two colonies merged, it would be the capital for a short time until Victoria became the new capital

History: In 1857 gold was a discovered in BC, causing a gold rush, with thousands coming to BC. Because of the large influx of immigrants, Britian Columbia. The Royal Engineers were sent to help build the colony and provide a military presence. Douglas was appointed as governor for the new colony.



Site: Musgrave Landing

Sites connection: Named after Anthony Mosgrave, who heavily supported confederation and was a big contributor to BC joining confederation and was a big contributer to BC joining confederation.

History: BC joining condfederation was a source of heavy supported confederation and was a big who heavy debate. Even after Cancouver Island & BC merged, there was still problems with money people, and markets. Although joining confederation might solve these problems, not everyone was for it. Some were for joining the US. Once Anthoy Musgrave was appointed governor he managed to get people on board by having them make a wish list. When all these items were agreed to, BC joined Canada



Site: Gas town

Sites Connection: Two mills were on sides of the inlet. Both mills for bid alchohal. A man name John Deighton (or “Gassy Jack”) came and built a saloon nearby, it became a popular meeting grounds. So popular, other stores were built around it, and became the village of Granville, better known as gas town.

History: burr ad Inlet stayed the same for years, up until 1881. THe CPR was being built and it was decided that Port Moody would be the CPR Terminus. However, an official found the location (the eastern end of the inlet), unsuitable. When the official visited Grancill he made it so the terminus would be built there. Since the terminus would be built in Grancille, the name was changed to “Vancouver” as it thought to suit it more. Vancouver quickly grew in size and population, and is now what we have today

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Guilding questions (May 24)


1. He develop it because needed a political platform to convince all Canadiadians that a transcontinental railway was important to survival. Also he thought it was a formula for successful nation building, which it remained a central part of Canadian government policy.

2. Tariffs: a tax or duty to be paid  on a particular class of imports and exports

CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway): to transport goods through a railway.


3. The CPR Syndicate (George Stephen [Bank President], Donald Smith [Hudson Bay Company, James J. Hill. Coal Trading)


4.They need to complet the railway in 10 years.


5.They change the way of the Railway because of land speculators.

6. The other people were taking too long so he is supposed to speed it up



9. They ran out of money. They asked Canada 22 million dollars for the railway.

10. Kicking Horse pass

11. The USA had a railway that goes through USA. Canadians used the railway to get to the coast faster than the interior.

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Questions (of the horizons)

1.Because women had vauble skill and knowledge that is vital to the fur trade and any trade at all.

2.The NWC would work better for the Metis. Because the Metis, when they marry, the NWC approves of this. However, the HBC did oppose this, which makes it unfair to the women.

3.The Metis sopke a language called Michif, they are still trying to keep the language alive as we speed. The country born spoke Bungee, it’s part English part Gaelic. It’s similar to Michif but different.

4.They adopt the way to make farm land. They created a new life style combined with First Nations and French Canadians.

5.To make pemmican by hunting Bison and taking the meat from the bison.




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Guiding Questions for Aboriginal Fur Trade

1. They were depicted by their minor and subordinate. They would describe the First Nations by them hopelessly relying on the technology and supplies from the Europeans.

2.It shows how dependant the First Nations are on the Europeans. They would starve if they didn’t beg for assistance.

3.They adapt to economic tridations by understanding this new economic currency. The aboriginal people didn’t respond the way the Europeans had expected, causing them to learn this new currency.

4. They had to adapt because the First Nations didn’t want the Europeans money, they wanted made beaver (MB) (which is kinda their currency) because all their prices on goods and stuff were priced as MB.

5. ???

6.They showed it through their ability to adapt to different habitat zones. They also have the ability to make new ideas, methods and technology, these abilitys can enable the First Nations to rapid adjusted their economic system.

7.Their inland trading is really creative and smart. With their ability to rapidly adjust their economic system, they can gain more MB and goods than losing their own.

8. Middlemen role used to be to push the trapping and trading area to the northwest (with the help of the Europeans). Now the Meddlemen’s role is undermined, since HBC  (Hudson Bay Company). Now they are spreading far and wide for their trading and trapping area. not using European technology. If the First Nations used fire arms (European technologies), and it breaks then there is no point for them to use them

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Why did the Rebellion fail?

One of reason why the Rebellion failed is because they wern’t properly trained.  They had no drills (combat drills) what so ever. Also they were crudely armed, which means they were poorly organized. (Page 1)

The second reason is that some of the rebellion’s men were killed by their own men. One of their men was trying to tell his comrades to stop firing but “it appeared one of our people who was killed was shot in this way by our own men” (page 2). This means that the Rebellion (as I said before) was inexperienced and not well organized.

The final third reason is that they were fighting a more experienced opponent. The British were way more organized and have more troops. The only thing the rebels can do is probably just deny the endible.


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Underground Railroad: Consequences

A North Side View of Slavery page 333 (William L Humbert)


First quote: “I would rather die than go back” (Page: 333). It means that he would kill himself then live and become the slave again.

Second quote: “I do not believe that slaveholders under the company of heaven can see God’s face; that is if I read the bible right” (page 334). This quote means that he is learning to read (thanks to the part “if I read the bible right”). It also means that slaveholders must have been rejected by God because of the part “under the company of heaven can see God’s face.”

Life in Canada must have been a saviour to slaves who escaped from their masters. The slaves are learning, which must be a dream to those who haven’t escaped from their masters. To those slaves who have their own house, having skills that other slave or people couldn’t have and learning at a place where it accepts everyone is a dream life where the chosen ones from God get to have. Having that life in Canada has made the slaves independent, of course they get a jump start (from the government) but the fact still remains the people who didn’t know how to read (or write) can become independent.

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