Socials Research WW1: Land, Sea, & Air


  • What was it like to fight on land, sea and in the air?

People in combat on land were held up and worked hard. Most of the people involved in the war didn’t want to be, they wanted to go home. Some people in the sea seemed to be enjoying their time, eating great meals and having great weather. Although they miss their homes which is inevitable. People fighting in the air seemed somewhat bored and even scared. Lots of accidents occurred in the air which was not good for the pilot’s moral. All of these people whether sooner or later missed their home. They weren’t there for Christmas Holidays, and didn’t see family for years.

  • What are some important Canadian contributions to the war on land, sea and in the air?

During the Battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele, Canadian land troops played a big part in the battles, in Passchendaele the land was rugged and destroyed making it a difficult battlefield, But Canadian soldiers still won the fight. As for the seas, Canada’s Navy was relatively small at first but grew to 9,000 officers by the end of World War 1. German “U-Boat” submarines attacked Merchant Navy ships containing soldiers and needed supplies from either North America or Europe. Allies placed merchant ships into groups and used warships to help them across the seas. Canadian ports like St. John and Halifax became important convoy gathering points. Canada did not have its own air force until only the final month of the war, but over 22,000 Canadians participated in the British flying services. They helped fight and finish the war.

  • What are the common themes in the poems? What do they tell you about how soldiers felt about the war?

The soldiers felt that the war was sad and dark, bloody and scary. Nearly every soldier did not want to fight in the war, or just didn’t want to fight others. The war was not a pleasant place for people to live in obviously, but those who fought in it were left scarred and broken. Soldiers fought for their country and for honour, even though they wanted to go home and see their families, they cared for the country and its hope.

Staying Safe at Work

Three things I will do to stay safe at work are to make sure I get sufficient training to learn how to do my job properly and safely no matter what the job is, I will not accept unsafe work especially without training or supervision because with the stories we looked at they were left unsupervised and that was when they got injured. I will also ask questions to my employer during training and later on and/or ask for help whenever I need it, plus make sure that I report every injury no matter how small. Two things I will do to keep others safe in the workplace are to make sure that they have supervision and are checked on regularly, and show them how to do their job correctly and safely and make sure they go through the correct training. The story that stood out to me the most was definitely the one we heard about in class with Mark. His story about working a late night without anyone near him started out sort of boring because I thought that he was just going to talk about normal safety in the workplace and laws, rights etc. But when he got to his own story it got much more interesting and scary. He didn’t turn off the machine before he went to shovel wood chips, he accidentally dropped some of them between two conveyor belts and used his left hand to try and grab them. His arm got caught in the conveyor belt and wrapped back around him, completely breaking and paralyzing his arm. He waited for hours bleeding out and dying before he was rushed to hospital. The whole story stood out to me mostly because of how traumatizing it was. I put myself in his shoes and it was awful, I can’t truly imagine what it was like. I don’t know if he meant to start out like a boring presentation and end it with a bang, but if he did, it was very smart and got our attention.

Socials 10 Reconciliation Art

Read from the bottom to the top.

It is a timeline shown on a totem pole showing when when the British arrived in North America, attacked the native people, put them under their control, and put their children into residential schools, then Stephen Harper gave a reconciliation speech and the government of Canada attempted to make immense.

Socials 10: Liberal UN Speech


Find a speech/interview from the party leader of the party you side with (or a minister)

1.) Give the context of the speech (where, when, why

Where:  United Nations General Assembly in New York

When: Sep 21, 2017

Why: To discuss Indigenous reconciliation, climate change and trade.

2.) Summarize the speech

Justin Trudeau talks about the past of the Indigenous people and their challenges such as residential schools and discrimination. He talks about how the world contributes to climate change and how no one can escape it. He talks about education being more accessible and to fix poverty and discrimination.

3.) What do they say that reveals if they are left or right wing? (provide the quotes and timestamps)

Justin Trudeau seems to be more left wing than right wing because he is in favour of community over independence, against discrimination, and will fight for causes around this. He wants to help others in a way that will benefit everyone and even help the rest of the world.

4.) Do you agree with their statements? Explain why or why not

I feel that many of his statements are useful and needed but become repetitive during this speech. Things concerning discrimination may already be fixed and I feel that he is almost holding a grudge towards the past and what has happened, but most of his statements are justified and more about the future.