Putting ourselves in the shoes of a Canadian living in Winnipeg before 1914 was of great significance to me. It helped me get a more in depth understanding of how life was like. The different similiarites and differences that I was able to point out helped me get a feel of how society worked back then in comparison to ours today. For example one of the similiarities that I noticed looking at the pictures was what we did for recreation. Each city or province that was assigned to our different groups had something for recreation. The city my group was focusing on was Winnipeg, and what I had noticed was that they went swimming in the local lakes, they went camping, they played sports and in Winnipeg it was mainly curling.These are all things that have stuck with us today and continue to carry on. Some differences that I noticed was of course the way we dressed, technology, and architecture, but what really stood out was the sense of nationalism.There was Union flags on the tents in one pictuere showing how loyal they were. I think we can say that we don’t see many of those during our society today. Overall I think this activity was very creative and effective because it was easy to connect to and get a better idea of life in Canada back then. It’s important that we know how things have changed so that we can see the progress of how much our country is growing along with the people within the country. Canada has become much more established and is world known now, more than a hundred years ago or more and it is important that we acknowledge and appreciate it.
Archive of ‘Socials 10’ category
The topics we talked about this week were problems we are facing today. The one that really stood out to me was food waste. 40% of all the food that is produced in North America is wasted. This sounds crazy to me but then again I’m not surprised because of the amount of food that is wasted by me in a day. While we were watching a documentary about food waste in class, I became more aware about this issue, and how it can be solved or rather used in different ways. We can turn the food we waste into energy, compost it, and use up the parts of the food that we normally don’t use. For example the ends of bread, the companies that make sandwiches end up wasting it because they can’t use the ends to make sandwiches. Imagine all of that bread just being thrown away and not used for anything else. Well, we can change that, and in some parts of the world people found a way. During the documentary we watched in class, I remember a brewery that used the ends of bread and made beer out of it, and once consumers tasted it, they really liked it. This shows that something can be done after all, and that we just have to try a little harder. Im really glad that we went over this topic in class, because it made me more cautious about how much food I should take and were I should put my waste if I have any leftovers
The Litter Tree will be placed in the front foyer in a big pot. This tree is no different from any other except with a slight distinct trait. This tree will be decorated with litter that is found within our community. This includes the roads, rivers, and parks in Poco. A group of us will go out to all of these areas and gather enough litter to cover the tree. This litter will be stored in a safe area, particularly my garage, where it will then be sorted and carried out to the school. As for the tree, it will be a medium sized tree enough to be easily carried by a group of people and suitable to fit in the foyer. I will have an arranged vehicle to deliver the tree to the school where a handful of students including me can start decorating. This should take no longer than 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how creative we get. After the message has been sent we can dispose of the litter to the right place and plant the tree somewhere within our community. We will make sure to gather items everyone uses during their day to day lives so that students can connect with the tree. This tree is an amazing way to raise awareness on how nature is being overcome by human wastefulness and carelessness. This tree will urge students to consider the consequences of our consumerist lifestyles.
When hearing the word democracy, one can say that it’s a system of government run by the people. When really, it’s much more than that. We are gifted with the privilege to have a role in influencing decisions that affect us on a regular basis. People across the country are coming together to share their ideas and opinions with others to work together and create better communities on a wide range of issues. These issues are such as education, food security, racial equity, community – police relations, building prosperity, and many more. It is a system that represents equality, power and possibility. Although, there’s alway ways to improve our system and maintain status-quo. One of these enhancements is reforming our senate.
As of constitution the senate is made up of 105 appointed members, divided up among the different provinces and territories. The Governor General is whom appoints the individuals to the senate, of course with the consultation of the Prime Minister present at the time being. The prime minister having the privilege to give advice to the Governor General could lead to many biases. The senate can be under the influence of the prime ministers party, therefor impacting their beliefs. An effective approach to this matter would be by electing the senate as appose to appointing it. Since democracy is a system of government by the people, we acquire the right to have a say about everyone included in our government.
Electing members of the senate is actually happening right now in the States. Each of the 50 states in America elects two senators disregarding the population of each state. For example California, which has a population of just under 40 million, holds the same representation in the senate as Wyoming, which carries the least amount of population in all of America. This manner represents our equality rights because no matter what your population is, you still have the same say as another province or territory with a higher or lower population. This approach will also allow us to vote for our senators which then falls under our democratic rights.
One can say that since this matter occurs within our senate, why shouldn’t we just abolish and forget about it. Although what they’re missing out on is, that the senate was created to be something they call “a sober second thought” to the House of Commons. Imagine there is a law that has been proposed. Before this law can be passed, it must be reviewed by the senate first. Now the way they review the law is from the stand point of regional interests. They are good at speaking on behalf of the belittled minority interest groups. Examples of minority interests groups include, indigenous peoples, minority language and ethnic groups, and women. The second part of the senates reviewing chamber is investigating the different political and social issues facing the country and how the law being passed would have an affect on those matters. Think of it as looking at the big picture. The senate looks at who and what this law can potentially affect. The senate plays a very crucial role in our law making process, therefor it is extremely essential and should not be abolished.
If we were to reform the Senate it wouldn’t be impossible. The Senate was established under the constitution, meaning that any changes require the consent of two-thirds of Canada’s provinces which is at least seven of them. Representing 50 percent of the population. How we can let the government know that we want this change to occur is by protesting, lobbying, or creating a petition. This is all possible by individuals stepping up and fighting for their beliefs. Standards that were tolerated decades ago are no longer acceptable today. Society and beliefs are changing at an impeccably high rate and so should our government system.
The party that I most side with is the Green Party, and this interview is one with Elizabeth May who is the current leader of the Green party. This interview was published on September 11, 2015 and conveyed by CBC News specifically the National. It is one where every leader of the main Canadian political parties gets interviewed. It is a chance for the parties leader to share their intellectual point of view on what they believe their party is all about, along with the changes they will bring to Canada. The interviewers name is Peter Mansbridge and what he argues at the beginning is the matter that 70 percent of Canadians want “change” according to the polls. He also mentions that if they really wanted “change” then why aren’t they voting for the party that will bring real change, being the Green Party. She then tells him that they do have votes in some parts of Canada but they are pushing towards a minority government so that they have more say than what they have at the moment. She believes that this change will benefit all of Canada. What she did by stating that statement was send out a message to the audience being the voters, and persuading them to vote for her party. Another argument that Mansbridge discusses is the different political policies that the green party is going to bring if they are in power. Those changes being the national Pharmacare program, free tuition, ending oil production by the middle of the century…etc. At the end he adds a snarky comment about these changes being expensive. She then says that she does have a plan and her party has costed it out and it will be paid for. Throughout this interview Elizabeth May numerously displays her party being left wing and one of the quotes backing up this reasoning is, and I quote “ We’re a party committed to bringing forward big ideas, new ideas and demonstrating by our conduct in Parliament.” This reveals that the Green Party wants to bring change through new ideas which demonstrates them being left wing, a left wing thinker being one open to new changes. I strongly do agree with Elizabeth when she says that if Canadians vote for the Green Party it will benefit Canada. This is because I love the concept of bringing forward new ideas and changes because I believe change is a very good thing to be working towards within a country, even if it is costly. It is important to spend our money towards things that will benefit us.
This week in socials I learned about how we pass laws in Canada, and how there isn’t really a higher power that could rule our country. It helps rest assure that our government won’t fall under an autocracy. An autocracy is a system of government which runs by one person with absolute power. This can cause a lot of problems within our government and country. Which is why its close to 100% certain that we won’t fall into an autocracy with how our government system works when it come to passing a law. I found this useful to learn about because in a way I feel more power knowing that a law can’t be passed without the majority of the population wanting it to be passed.
I really enjoyed the past week and a half of social studies and the way mr. Chan teaches it. I really like the way he views social studies and how he thinks it can make you a better person if you really care about a problem in the society enough to make a change about it. It really got me thinking about how I can start making a change even if it is just a small cause. I also got a glimpse of where I stand in the political spectrum. Which really helped me understand what I believe in when it comes to political views. I can now look at a country and see where they lie, just by looking at their government system and beliefs. Speaking of governments, I also learned the different ways to make a change in the government. These ways include lobbying, petitioning and civil disobedience. I now understand what each of them do and how much affect they each have on really making a difference. Something else I did was adding more to my knowledge of political ideologies and which one I agree with most and least. This was important because I realized that the ideology I agree with, being liberalism and where I live which is Canada, we lie between socialism and liberalism. This makes me appreciate where I live because I know it supports what I value which is freedom and equality. Overall this has been a great intro to how social studies is going to be for the next few months!