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.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

My lollipop moment: civics post #1

My lollipop moment was when I was doing competitive gymnastics a few years ago. I had been working really hard on getting a certain skill on bars and it took me about 6 months until I finally got it. When I did my coach cried she was so happy and then brought in ice cream for our group. She seemed almost as happy and proud as I was. I will always remember this because it made me feel so special and cared for and now that I am coaching gymnastics, I hope I can make relationships with the gymnasts like she did with me. She is truly inspiring and someone I had always looked up to. Unfortunately on Monday she told us she had to quit because she was going back to school. It was very hard for her and all of us and she impacted many people's lives greatly.

Monday, 5 October 2015

History Journal #1

I do not think we stereotype Americans as much as they stereotype us Canadians. A lot of the stereotypes that Americans think of us are really dumb, like we live in igloos. I think we are more educated about american life style and geography then they are about ours! I couldn't believe that they thought we had states. I do believe there is a true Canadian identity but it is a lot similar to the Americans. We don't do anything crazy or absurd that the Americans don’t do, but we do have better health care. Yes we can be known for our maple syrup and cold winters but we don’t live in Igloos or see Polar Bears every day.  I think that we tend to care more about America than they care about us because although we trade with each other and we have a close relationship with them they just look at us as another country. Honestly I found it offensive how little knowledge they knew about Canada. Being Canadian means that I can live freely without slavery and wars and I can speak my opinion and I am proud to be Canadian.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

I agree with Steve Job’s graduation speech more than I do with Tim Minkin’s. Steve focused his speech on his accomplishments, struggles, hard work and dedication.  It was very inspiring to hear everything he had done before the age of 30 when he was unfortunately fired from his own company. Whereas Tim’s speech was more entertaining and humourous. Steve talked about his parents and his expectations that he would go to university and he made sure he did. His determination reminds me of myself and how hard I want to work towards my future. If I was listening to this at my graduation i think it would definitely help me get motivated towards building a successful career.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015


Careers Blog Post #2


I would say my friends and family have definitely shaped my life is some type of way over the years that I have known them. When I first met Callie (grade 1) and Katelyn (grade 3) they were both super smart and were always the teachers favourites. At that time in my life, school wasn’t my biggest concern. I hung out with them a lot more and often in class I would be partners with them while doing class work. They would help me out and keep me focused therefore my work ethics began to improve and I kept trying harder. Every since then I have taken school more seriously and I am doing much better and caring much more then I was before I met them.
When I met Georgia she was super outgoing and I wasn’t so much. She loved being with big groups of people and staying out late just having a good time. Once her and I became close I started to tag along with her and her older brother. I began to be less concerned and stressed about things and just loosen up. Now I love going out and just having a good time with no worries in the world. If I could choose to do anything on a night where I am free it would definitely be to go out with a bunch of people. If I hadn’t of met her I wouldn’t be as social and I think that would change how others viewed me and what type of future I am interested in.

I have known Abigal since I was born. Our families went to high school and then owned a business together. She is a year older than me and I have spent so much time with her. As I grew up I often acted older than my age because my childhood best friend was older then me. I wanted to be just like her and we honestly are like the same type of person now. We both love sports, the same restaurants, stores, and people think we are sisters. If I hadn’t of met her I don’t think I would be as mature as I was at a young age and wouldn't of grown up the same. 
Lastly, if I didn’t have my younger sister Chantelle I don’t think I would be so caring. She has always looked up to me every since we were little and we always did everything together. I am a much more trusting person because of her and how open she is. Although I often got annoyed that she always copied me I didn’t realize I should take it as a compliment because she wanted to be just like me. She definitely pushed my buttons but now I am more patient and understanding with my friends and family. 
I think that without these people in my life that I wouldn’t be the person I am today and I am glad that they have shaped me to be the person I am now.

Friday, 11 September 2015

The quiz told me that I was interpersonal. I do agree with that because I am very social and I enjoy working in groups and helping other people out. In group situations, whether it’s with friends or school or my family I can become the leader without hesitation. This knowledge can help me in my education and future and help me know what type of careers would best suit me. Personally before taking this test I was interested in becoming a Physiotherapist. I was interested in this career path because I knew I would be working with lots of different people all ages and helping them on their path to recovery and well-being. After taking this test I am still interested and believe it is a good choice for me and my personality. I don’t think I would enjoy working in an office where I just sit at a desk all day and don’t socialize with anyone. Now knowing that I have a interpersonal personality I can feel more confident when planning towards my future and job.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

What do I like or dislike about school and what should we do so that school is better for our kids

What I hate...

I hate the strict constant schedule that is basically the same everyday. We go to the same classes everyday in the same order with the same teacher and classmates. Another thing I hate is textbooks. They are heavy and bulky and not fun to carry around. If the wifi actually worked properly then we could use technology instead of textbooks. I also hate being assigned seats and assigned partners to do projects with. I want to be able to choose someone I know will pull their own weight and work hard. If I choose a bad partner then that's my fault and i'm the only one to blame not the teacher. I also hate having half lockers. In middle school we got full lockers and then we come to high school and get downgraded. lastly I think school should start later because in the morning I can't think and function as well as I can later in the day. It would make sense to have sports in the morning and then have school start after.

What I like...

I like having a good group of friends at school that I can trust and have a good time with. I also like having semesters so we only have to focus on four subjects at a time.  I enjoy the classes that our school provides and the variety too. I like having spirit days where the whole school gets together and does some kind of activity or sports thing because it introduces you to new people who aren't in your classes.  I also like how lunch is at the same time for everyone so you can socialize with everyone and not just people in your grade.

I think to make the school better for my children that technology should be used as much as possible. its good to get them comfortable with technology at an early age because they are going to be using it for the rest of their life. I would also like to see there be more spirit days and for their to be more of a variety and change within the days of the week so they don't get stuck in a boring routine day after day.