Saturday, 9 January 2016

History Journal Unit 3

The invention of the television was very significant to Canadians. Before television you had to leave your house to go to a movie theatre if you wanted to watch a movie. This affected everyone in Canada, because everybody was interested in this new technology, just like when the radio came out. It was something families watched together every evening, which became part of their daily routine. This new technology was definitely long lasting in effect for everyone. It is now used globally, and very frequently in all ages and genders. There are now many more channels, so it appeals to everyone's interests. I can still see this technology being used 100 years from now. An emerging issue that comes with the television, just like it did with the radio, is that a lot of the content is American based, and portrays American culture. It takes away Canadian identity, as there are few avenues where Canadian culture is portrayed.  This is why CBC was created, so Canadian content could be broadcasted out to influence Canadian identity.

D Day was very impactful and important in shaping the Canadian identity. It had a broad impact because it affected all the Canadian troops who went with British forces to invade France. We were losing the war, and as a last resort we sent all of our troops to capture one beach, and was luckily successful. Many people sacrificed themselves and lost their lives for the freedom of future Canadians. This is significant to everyone since the Canadian army sacrificed themselves to make everyone safer and better off. Yes, it had a long lasting importance because it bettered all Canadians after the second World War, since we won. We are not under a totalitarian government, and live where we have freedom of speech and religion. A long lasting issue that has come from D Day is that soldiers have had to deal with post traumatic stress disorder, as they personally have to deal with everything they have seen and experienced.


Propaganda had, and still does have, a broad impact on Canadians. Propaganda sends out news that is available for everyone to hear. It is usually very biased and based off of opinions. This can also means it isn't  completely true. It is formed from the strong beliefs of one person or group. It was significant to Canada as a whole and not just a small individual group of people at the time of the Second World War.  Hitler and the Nazi’s brainwashed the German and Austrian people through the distribution of Nazi propaganda, into believing that the German race was superior to others, and that Jewish people were evil, and needed to be put to death.  The effects of this led to Canada joining the war, and fighting for world freedom over the Nazi’s.  Propaganda has had a long lasting importance in Canada. Today, most social medias are full of propaganda. People will send and post their opinions, trying to force them on others or prove that they are right, and anyone who thinks differently is wrong. This becomes a problem when people start crossing the line and saying offensive things or making things up, and distributing it widely. It starts to get more difficult to know whether or not to believe things you hear nowadays.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015


Which Role Was Most Desirable in WW1?

I think the most desirable role during the first World War was working on the home front as a factory worker. Every job has some disadvantages but I think this one has more advantages that overrule the cons. Working in a factory was probably the safest job during World War one. The building you are working in may not be the cleanest but you still get to go home at night to the comfort of your home every day. But in other roles in the war like a sailor in the Royal Navy or a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps you would be shipped off and wouldn't get to go home at night until the war was over or you unfortunately died. Even though you weren't involved in the fighting of the war you could still feel like you were helping your country because you could be making or repairing equipment for them or preparing things to send over to the soldiers. The other good thing is that you would get paid (maybe not a lot) but you were still making income which the soldiers wouldn't be. In some factories both men and woman could work and have specific jobs for their gender and abilities. Woman were not aloud to fight in the war so the only other job they could do to help is be a nurse, but some didn't have the education for that. Working in a factory was also ideal for mothers and wives who had children and homes because while their husband was gone someone needed to still take care if the children, home, farms etc. Being a factory worker, you wouldn't get the same respect or recognition as someone who fought in the war but people would still be thankful for your services because of your contribution as a factory worker. If I was alive during world war one this is the job I would want to take since I’m a woman and I probably wouldn’t have the education to become a nurse because of the safety, pay and location.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

History: Social and Economic effects

Which social and economic effects are most significant?

In my opinion the radio and credit are the two most significant social/economic effects in the 1920's. The radio was important because it was the first way to listen to news, music, and sports broadcasts. As technology slowly began to evolve the radio dropped in price so more people bought them. There was no other form of entertainment like video games or televisions therefore making the radio very popular. The radio had a broad impact on everyone who now often spent their evening hours sitting in their living rooms listening to the radio together. Never before were people able to stay in their homes and get the news right from their house. It had never been possible before to be able to broadcast news and live updates out to everyone at the same time all across the country. Updates were given on the mine workers informing people of what was happening right when it was happening. The radio was a form of new communication technology which is still used today. Everyone loved the invention of radios and manufactures were thriving. This gave manufactures incentive to invent new and better technology based appliances like televisions. As the radio became more popular so did radio stations in fact there are 675 different radio stations in Canada today.

Credit was a new and huge introduction to society in the 1920's. People could now buy things they usually couldn't afford because they didn't have to pay the money up front. Instead, once they had the money they would pay off their credit at the stores. As time went on, store credit evolved into credit cards which worked the same and almost all adults today use daily. While using credit people did run into some problems, they would purchase items intending to pay for them eventually but wouldn't be able to get the money. They would go in debt and could lose their homes, farms, live stock etc. Credit effected everyone because you were either using the credit in the store or people were using credit at your own store. This either affected you positively or negatively it depended on how cautious you were when using it. Some people continued to buy more and more as if they have unlimited money but others only used it when necessary. Credit didn't ever fade off and become less important, it has grown over the years and is very important today. 

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Historical identity history blog #4

Women and pay equity:
This issue was significant to the women all around the world who were not viewed equally compared to men. They were not paid the same and weren't viewed as important. For men this issue wasn't really relevant because they weren't experiencing the poor equality. But for woman, at the time we were not paid the same as men or treated fairly although we did the same work. Even today it is not 100% fair or equal for women. This issue sheds light on the long lasting issue of equality throughout Canada. Whether it is gender, religious, or racial differences there is still problems with everyone being viewed and treated the same. As years have gone on this issue has definitely become less of a problem but hasn't disappeared entirely. Unfortunately I do not think that in the near future this problem will completely disappear. I think it will continue to decrease and by 10 years and 25 years it will become less noticed and less of a problem. I do not think this problem can ever go away 100% because everyone still has their own opinions and no one can be forced to view someone or something in a certain way. Personally I do not think that just because of gender, men have any advantage in life compared to women.

Aboriginals schools and Canada's apology:
 The Aboriginal schools issue was most significant to the aboriginal children and their families but didn’t overly impact anyone else at the time. Only the aboriginal children were put into these boarding schools and once in they were rarely allowed to see their parents, they were severely abused, and forced to adopt christian beliefs and speak English, not their native language. This issue sheds light on the problem of equality and the conflict between Aboriginals and Canadians. The Aboriginals weren't treated the same as the Canadians because they had their own beliefs and spoke a different language. We tried to force them to become. After the apology and money given to the aboriginals in 2008 I do not think this will continue to be a problem with the schools. However I do believe that you can never undo what the children and their families had to go through and that will always be something that they will remember. In 10 years I think this issue will still be remembered and therefore everyone will be a bit more aware of others beliefs and cultures and treating them equally and fairly. Because of Canada’s apology it has showed that we do care about the aboriginals now and although we can undo what has happened we want to try and make it up to them.

Terry Fox run for cancer:
Terry Fox was a man historically significant to Canada, positively shaping Canada’s identity. He was significant to Canada as a whole and helped shape everyone. As he ran across Canada to help find a cure for cancer, he inspired many to reach out and help him and donate. He spread awareness for cancer patients and survivors, him being one of them. Even if you can’t relate to him because you don’t have cancer yourself I am sure you know of someone in your life who has suffered from it or will unfortunately suffer from it in the future.  Cancer is a long lasting issue everywhere and Terry Fox shed light on that issue and trying to find a cure. I believe this event will still be significant in 10 and even in 25 years because cancer will still be a problem for many years and people will still be affected by it negatively. As more people become aware of it and begin to help find a cure hopefully doctors and scientists can find solutions to help people and eventually find a cure.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Civics Blog post #3

I do agree with the results that I got from the tests. The first test told me that I was most like Gandhi. Gandhi was a leader who was very independent, peaceful and inspired for civil rights and freedom across the country. I think I am a lot like him because I really believe in freedom and being able to express your opinion and I don't believe in violence and I would prefer to keep peace between everyone. When I took the test telling me what party I agreed with most I wasn't actually surprised to see that NDP, Liberal, and Conservative were all about the same scoring in the 50%. The reason why I wasn't surprised is because I wasn't really strongly supporting one certain party, probably because I didn't know too much about them so they all scored pretty close to each other. Our group couldn't decide if we thought NDP or Conservative should win but we were both wrong when it came to who actually won, the Liberals. Since I was undecided it didn’t exactly match my results in the test but since they were pretty close I think it did represent my thoughts towards the different parties well.
History Blog Post: Fort Mcmoney

3 Things I Discovered. 

1.Right now gas is at $100 dollars a barrel

2. Way ahead on schedule on how much gas they want to produce by 2020. Goals met 14 years earlier

3. Oil sands producing half of Canada’s greenhouse gas


2 Things I Disagree or Agree With.

1.Water in lakes and trees are being used up because of the gas plants therefore hurting the environment

2.  if there is a decreasing toxicity it is very very slow



1 Question I still have.

1. how can we help reduce the toxic lakes

Friday, 9 October 2015

Vanishing Canada

After reading this article I was surprised that Canada was having such a big problem with disappearing data. The internet can be a great tool for storing information and everyday usage but it is definitely not perfect. Having these problems occur negatively affects us individual Canadians, our identity and our reputation.  It is scary to think that you could completely disappear from Canada's records. They would have no records of you ever being alive or existing. Now it is evening happening with Melville, now known as a statistical ghost town. Our identity and information can be taken away from us and changed without our acknowledgment. I think this issue will continue to impact us as technology grows and years go on. although our technology will improve there will still always be glitches and problems within the systems.