Unit 4: Canadian Government

Canada’s voting age should be lowered to 16.

At the age of technology no only had our surroundings upgraded, but also our minds. Teenagers are much opinionated and wiser than what others expect. I believe it’s a great step to let a 16 year old vote, to show that they really do have a say and that they do matter. Lowering the voting age will decrease youth apathy and the belief ” if you are too young to vote, you are too young to be heard.” will be demolishes. Maturity and common sense doesn’t come from age, it comes from their surroundings.

The main goal of the government is for everyone to be contented with howaa things are. How should a big part of the population be contented if they’re not allowed to have a say or to decide on who should be in their government, Teenager gets affected as much or more than adults, yet they don’t have the luxury to vote? Most youth have access to the internet, tv, newspaper, and radio to not be ignorant about current events. Give teenagers the rights to vote completely demolish the fact or belief “Letting 16 year old vote, might as well let kindergärtners vote.”

People say the children are the future of this world. Well, let’s start by taking some stepping stones. Voting. By having these right, it means more than such a measly choice to teenagers. To them, it means acceptance. Acceptance to the world of the adults.



Reference:

Switzer, J. 2015. Let’s lower the voting age to 16. Retrieved from
http://www.macleans.ca/education/uniandcollege/lets-lower-the-voting-age-to-16/

Zafari, H. 2015. Why wait until 18 to vote? Let’s start at 16. Retrieved from
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/why-wait-until-18-to-vote-lets-start-at-16/article13430567/?service=mobile



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Unit 3: The Development of the West

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Immigrating to Canada

Immigration is when people move away from their country into a foreign one (Dictionary, 2015). For some, immigrating to a new place symbolises a new life; a do over, however for some, they do it in hope for a better life. It’s quite sad how people, have to move to a completely different environment in hope for a better result in their life than their last one back where they originally came from. It just shows that since there’s too many unsolved unsatisfying factors in their home country. I interviewed my Dad, who immigrated to Canada in hope for a better future for his family.

My dad’s main reason for moving here, is for our future. Money comes and go, however back to where we came from money goes more than it comes (Alfaro, 2015). My dad didn’t like the fact that no matter how hard we work there, there’s no hope for any upgrade. It was hard for him to leave us and be far away from our grasp. My brother and I were still young when he left, and my parents’ biggest worry was about my brother not recognizing our dad. He still left despite the worries, but he carried it with him. Even though he had aunts and uncles that treats him especially nice, he was still craving for his wife and his kids. He even mentioned how in his free time he would visit the airport, imagining the day we would come to him. It was a tough road for him, but he managed because he was determined to get us here in Canada.

Other than his left loved ones, my dad also worried about jobs. Since his education didn’t apply in Canada, he had to start all over again and try many new different jobs. He provided for us while getting paid from minimum wage. Good thing he was a hard worker and managed to keep the job he had. The worst part of being alone is when he’s in pain from work, no one’s there to make him feel better, when he’s sick, no one’s there to take care of him and especially when he eats, no one’s there to eat with him. Loneliness didn’t corrupt him though, he used it to work harder.

It took a lot of time, effort and money but finally he did it. One day, he found himself standing in front of the exit for passengers, his arms opened widely , ready to lift my brother and I up. After 3 years of separation with nothing but video calls, we finally get to be with our dad physically. Adapting to a completely new environment was a different story. English is not my brother and I’s first language. School became an everyday battle field for my brother and I. My brother’s teacher ended up talking to my parents because my brother wouldn’t talk for the first few weeks of school. While I became self conscious, I was too scared to do anything because of my irrational fear of getting judged. Getting out of our comfort zone is a big step but we did it, and once we’ve let go we truly embraced our new life here in Canada. My dad might be always be tired after a long day of work, he might nag us and repeatedly tell us to do our chores, but I know he likes it better this way than being alone.

Once, during dinner, I asked my dad if he wants to go back to the Philippines and he said “absolutely not.”. In Canada, he knows our future is secluded, he knows that our life is smoother, and he knows that we’re much happier here. Immigrating to a foreign country is scary. It seemed impossible to regain what we had back in the Philippines, but we were wrong. We regained nothing, but gained something much better.



Reference:

Dictionary. 2015. Immigration definition Retrieved from
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/immigration

Alfaro, E. 2015. Self Story



Other Immigration stories:

http://www.economy.gov.sk.ca/immigration/anne-story

Slavery in the Modern Age

Slavery is one of the most talked about topics until this day. It has affected many of people’s lives to benefit the wealthy. Back then, slavery was done openly and proudly. People believed it stopped, but what the public doesn’t know is that 9907slavechainslavery can’t be seen with our naked eyes. Nowadays, slavery is shamed but that doesn’t stop factory owners, syndicates, owners, and employers to do so. In the world of business, money, and profits, being humane is neglected. Known companies that produce our electronics, clothes, drinks and etc. has taken advantage of those who are in need of source of income. We buy from them, we give them money; an indirect approval for slavery, to let them, keep doing what they’re doing, and kept on gaining power. Those companies who actually cares about others and lets freedom gain the upper arm in their business, are suffering from income loss. We need to stop buying carelessly and think before we pry open our wallet. Today, I took a test. I’m 15 years old, but 33 slaves are in charged of me.

Unit 2: Changes in the life of Women

Two hundred years ago, women were treated lowly, underestimated, and was purely passive. Now everything has changed. Women have become stronger and a fiercer warrior. “The female doesn’t really expect a lot from life. She’s here as someone’s keeper — her husband’s or her children’s.” (tavaana.org, 2015) was once used to describe women’s life, now it’s much more.

Learn more about Women: History of Women in the workplace

Back then, women were stripped off their rights and wasn’t treated equally as men. However, we fought and gained what is rightfully ours. The feminist movement was mainly focused on job inequality, salary inequality and more related to career (tavaana.org, 2015). Nowadays, women doesn’t have any problem with their career, as opportunities opens up to them fairly, and they even had to leave their kids early for work (Beckford, 2015). The changes didn’t just happen in careers. Education for women greatly changed as well. There are now more women that advance to higher level of education than men. The average age for weddings and family has changed too. The average women that get married is now at age 29, contrast at age 22 in 1970’s (Beckford, 2015)

With the voting system, the law, and property. Women are now allowed to vote and have a say in the government. They also have the right to run and be part of the leadership that runs the society. When they’re in danger or felt threaten they can be rightfully protected and could file lawsuits against those who had sinned against them. Owning properties for women are no big deals either. They’re allowed to buy anything as long as they’re able to pay or afford it. Lot has change, not all of them are positive, but majority is.



REFERENCE:

Beckford, M. 2015. Changes in women’s lives highlighted in official figures.
                     Retrieved from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/7868243/Changes-in-womens-lives-highlighted-in-official-figures.html

Tavaana,org. 2015. THE 1960S-70S AMERICAN FEMINIST MOVEMENT: BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS FOR WOMEN.
                      Retrieved from: https://tavaana.org/en/content/1960s-70s-american-feminist-movement-breaking-down-barriers-women



Unit 1: Climate Change Impacts

Climate change is happening and it’s all our fault. “Climate change is already having a significant impact on ecosystems, economies and communities.” (davidsuzuki.org, 2015). Our economy is progressing fast and much modern, however it is greatly damaging nature. Now, we’re in trouble as our actions are taking its toll. Once it dies, we’re all greatly affected by it.

Global warming has already started its move and has become visible across Canada (davidsuzuki.org, 2015). It appears that Canada’s forest will be the place that will be greatly affected and it’s horrible as a lot of species lives there. The sea level is also rising making it possible to cover the lower lands. “Climate change also threatens the health of our children and grandchildren through increased disease, freshwater shortages, worsened smog and more.” (davidsuzuki.org, 2015). Soon, it was predicted that the world would be ice-free for 125 days a year. A great change to the world we live and cared for. Also without the ice, the earth’s colour is changing. The sea would be white, and the land would be black. Our Earth would be black and white.

Learn More about the Climate Change: Climate Change in Atlantic Canada National Tour with David Suzuki

“On the international scene Canada is part of the problem, not a solution.” (Quirks, 2015). Canada is the least one who’s making any progress against Global warming, compared to the 27 other OECD countries (Quirks, 2015). Since Canada has more benefits once the weather is warm, it has become a problem. Canada’s continuous oil sands development and the withdrawal from Kyoto Accord, our high per-capita fossil fuel consumption (Quirks, 2015) are the reason why we’re the worst performers against the global warming. We need to take actions, now.



REFERENCE:

davidsuzuki.org. 2015. Impacts of climate change. Retrieved from:
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/climate-change/science/impacts/impacts-of-climate-change/

Quirks. 2015.Climate change report: The good and bad news for Canada
Retrieved from: http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/technology/quirks-quarks-blog/2014/03/climate-change-report-the-good-and-bad-news-for-canada-1.html



Intro: Are you a Critical Thinker?

Critical thinking is a way to form a judgement. It’s similar to brainstorming before writing an essay, warm ups before doing sport activities, or reviewing before taking an exam. It’s the beginning of a judgement. It’s the stage where a person thinks deeply about a certain subject that intrigues them. Critical thinking is a skill very useful in daily life. It is a skill needed for simple and harder tasks. It’s also a factor to understanding our peers better, and the world as well. Not everyone posses this skill, however it can be learned.

Like any other skills, there is a way to be a Critical thinker. To be a critical thinker, one must be understanding, open-minded, unbiased, and realistic. Being understanding not just means one is capable of taking in the knowledge shown to them, but also having an idea as to why it happened or the cause. Open-mindedness is one of the most important part. A person can’t just listen to one side and immediately assume the side heard was the right one, they should also be willing to take the other side of the story to fully investigate and comprehend the whole story. Unbiased comes after that, after hearing the two sides they can’t just jump on to the other side without fully thinking. One must consider every aspects. Lastly, one must be realistic. They should be able to differentiate between false and real. They are supposed to be realistic of their judgements. Those are the components of being a critical thinker, however everything is a waste when one doesn’t have evidence. Evidence is the key to unlock everything. Every judgements have proof. Every critical thinkers have their basis.

Learn more: What is a Critical Thinker?

Everyone can be a Critical Thinker, but it’s not easy. Especially when a topic is specially sensitive, a person might have troubles thinking in a completely unbiased zone. In the end of the day, a judgement will always be ours and we should always take responsibility of the conclusion we made.



REFERENCE:

Lau,J. and Chan J. (2015) What is critical thinking? Retrieved from:
http://philosophy.hku.hk/think/critical/ct.php