What is a party without substance

With elections on the way this October, I have been making an effort to decide who I would want to vote for. Of course I wont be able to vote just yet because I am only sixteen, but when the time comes I want my decision to be informed and beneficial as possible. My parents vote for the Conservative party consistently and are actually big supporters, but I feel like I am not quite on the same page. It kind of confuses me why my parents vote for the conservatives, not that they are a bad party but that I didn’t realize that my parents supported all of their beliefs. It also confuses me that I would have a different opinion as my parents so that is why I want to learn a bit more of each party so that my decision would be purely based on my parents influence and so that I don’t end up regretting my decision.

Every party needs substance, and after all of the whole government part, I think that is what the party comes down to for me. In other words I really value the identity of a party. I don’t know a lot about politics and specific economic stuff and what not so I kind of rely on the identity of a party when it comes to “choosing” one. Maybe it’s because I’m still sixteen and not a lot of the political stuff directly affects me in any way, but I want to be sure that the party that I do choose does it’s job right. And in the end there’s no telling because as far as I know the conservatives could be doing a good job right now and I just never really acknowledged it but I’m sure that when I become an actual adult I will know.

When I said that I want to be sure that the part knows how to do its job right, I mean that it has to have a good identity/reputation. Because with a good identity, I can put my trust into the party knowing that they will respect it. What good is the government, if it makes all the promises to do the things the people want but then drops them. There’s always no telling if a party will have a perfect reputation and live up to it, they might just be putting up a front for the people and do things completely different when they get elected.

Something that intrigues me is the liberal identity. First of all, I feel like they are trying especially  hard to win over the people. Their unnecessary use of hashtags and the whole invisible government thing about sharing everything they plan to do all leads to creating an identity. The liberals invisible government policy is especially interesting. Like I mentioned, how can we be sure that every party commits to all of their, and supposedly with this policy we are supposed to know everything the liberals are doing. The liberals want to do a lot of things, and especially with the whole truth and reconciliation thing when Justin Trudeau promised that he would make sure that all 96 of those tasks would be done if he was prime minister, clearly he said this to add to the liberal identity, but a lot of things on that list are unreasonably hard to do.

The liberals care a lot about their identity, but I feel like they have put too much priority on it. Again,  every party needs substance and right now the liberals are looking kind of shaky to me. Maybe I am wrong, and the liberals are actually going to do all of these things they promised to, and honestly we will never know until it happens but until then I will be watching, waiting for the day that Justin Trudeau can get the Pope to apologize for residential schools.

Are We Really Sorry?

B2 brings up a lot of interesting and quite puzzling information that we are required to learn. It definitely seems like one of the more important PLO’s but maybe that’s just what it feels like after you study so intensely for just one topic. At the same time, I feel like B2 is not given enough attention within the school curriculum. Since we are the TALONS it’s a different story but I feel as if not enough people pay attention to this topic, even aside from a curricular level. No matter what, after learning so much from this one topic, it really gets you thinking.

Here is one example of what I just explained in the previous paragraph.

Canada is widely regarded as a “nice” country filled with generous and humble citizens and an innocent past. Yet if you look at our rather disturbing history with the aboriginals you would think otherwise. And maybe why Canada is able to hold this title is because this is the only thing we are ashamed of. Or maybe its because the people that actually were a victim  of it aren’t able to really speak out about it anymore. Has it gotten to the point that we no longer recognize the things we did so long ago because the evidence of it (the aboriginals) is barely acknowledged? So why is it that we as a country can still accept both our history and the title without any guilt? These kind of inquiries are what draws me to this PLO.

I know that part of being a “nice” country means apologizing a lot. And I also know that in other parts of the world people associate the word sorry with Canada. Maybe that’s because people just think were nice because we can apologize to the aboriginals, and maybe that’s why were so accustomed to using that word. But is it really enough to just say sorry and move on after we allow what happened to happen? Steven Harper made a public apology to the aboriginals but how sad is it that it took so long for it to happen? Residential schools were opened around the 1860’s and the apology was only eight years ago. Where were we all this time?

Another inquiry I had was how come the aboriginal people are such a small minority in Canada? Maybe I’m just ignorant but does it not confuse anyone else that there are so little aboriginal people around us? There used to be aboriginal programs for the students of aboriginal descent but I don’t even think our school has one. And those programs only had kids who were barely aboriginal. Fiona went to those and she is only a sixteenth aboriginal. Are the aboriginals that insignificant?

Talking about this subject really brings me back to my eminent studies. While studying about Subutai, I was always puzzled by the fact that the mongols were such an influential and large force in the east, but to this day I have never met a Mongolian. The mongols just kind of disappeared off the face of the earth and I never found out why. I  I think the aboriginals and mongols are really similar in the fact that they just kind of disappeared. Again, maybe I am just ignorant but how did it happen? How did we let the people who originally lived here just get pushed out and walked on? I know that it’s seems weird to compare the Mongolians to aboriginals but we cannot ignore the fact that we contributed so much to this problem.

I also think this topic ties a lot into the empire inquiries and the question of if we are responsible for the oppression of others or not. In that question I said that we are indeed responsible for  oppression of others and I think it still ties into the topic now with the aboriginals. A lot of people responded to that question by saying that they weren’t responsible for the oppression of others just because we didn’t know and the whole ignorant case. But you aren’t helping the situation either by simply not knowing. We live in Canada, and as bad as it sounds everyone in this country is responsible for everything that happened here because we are in some way are a result of it. You can’t just say that you weren’t responsible for it and then not do anything about it. You have to hold some kind of guilt, and if you just let these kinds of things happen then how bad are you compared to the last?

B2 is clearly an important topic, one that should concern more that the learner. I can guarantee that many of the other posts are going to talk about how “they are disappointed in our heritage” and if the objective of socials is to take in the information that we learned so we can apply it to our own futures then please tell me what we are going to do about it. Every year students our age are learning about this topic and it really doesn’t seem like anyone cares. That fact alone to me is more disappointing than any other residential school, and if B2 connects to any other PLO then it should connect to A1 because clearly we need to use our critical thinking to figure this one out. It took us 147 years to formally apologize to the aboriginals. How long will it take before we genuinely care, because at this point it looks like it will take a while.

In-Depth Post #7 Almost there!

It’s getting hard to believe that there is only one month left before in-depth night! I have so much currently on my plate and all of a sudden it occurred to me that I have to perform at in-depth night a month from now! I would like to believe I am getting more and more prepared with the help of my mentor but I don’t think anyone will ever be perfectly prepared to perform a stand up routine in front of everyone during the actual night. Hopefully before then I can at least perform at a local comedy club to be more prepared.

Every meeting I have with my mentor gives me a lot more confidence, and while this last one we had was not as long as I had hoped for, it was definitely very rewarding. Last week on Sunday, I met with my mentor at a Starbucks and he helped me out with the performing aspect of my routine. A lot of the things he told me I had written about in my essay earlier in the year for Mr. Albright but it was especially interesting and insightful to actually put it to use. It was also very reassuring and satisfying to know that everything I wrote about was correct and applicable in my routine.

The main thing he got me to work on was how to use the beats and pauses, and how to change my tone to emphasize specific parts of jokes. It’s kind of hard to describe these things in a blog post but here is a generalization of what he told me to work on:

1. Don’t be afraid to take pauses, its always better to take it slow than too fast.

2. Use beats to wind up a joke. Beats act as a buffer and allow the audience to be as prepared for the joke as possible.

3. Laughing with the audience can help ease them into jokes. Laughter is contagious and can help in many situations. If you are the only person laughing at your jokes, try your best to diffuse the awkwardness and just continue with your routine.

4. Regulate your tone to control the outcome of different jokes. For example if the punchline is supposed to be a surprise then talk more monotone. This one is a little more vague as it is very situational.

5. Don’t throw around your tone to the point it makes jokes bland and sarcastic. A lot of rookie comedians make this mistake and mess up their performances.

He brought up a lot of these points during our conversations, but some were actually brought up as a result of interruptions! For most of them, while I was practicing my routine, he would jump in and tell me to either change my tone or include a pause. Here is an instance of this interruption when I was performing the part about my parents and purchasing a new phone.

Me: But when I told them about the offer I got and what a good deal it was they told me-

Travis: Stop, you will want to put a pause in here because its one of your main jokes and you really want the audience to be prepared for it.

After a while it gets annoying but I knew it was all for the greater good of my performance. The first time I went through it was kind of rough, in terms of interruptions but I think it ended up working out. He only had to remind me once or twice about some pauses by the time I performed it for the last time.

Now for the other task of the post, I believe in order to be successful, you have to use a bit of all of the attitude, which is what I tried to do. All of the attitudes are rather important and to leave one out kind of seemed like a bad idea. I think one that I used more frequently than others was the fun attitude because of its relevance to my topic. I think because we were doing stand up comedy and it is something I am greatly interested in, it was one that I was more obliged to use. First of all, my mentor and I have a great passion towards stand up so it was almost necessary to have fun while learning, and for him, to have fun teaching. In my mind, to be able to successfully produce and perform your routine you need to have fun doing it, and I think that’s why it is so important for me to include this attitude.

Another attitude I found myself using frequently was the explorer attitude. Mainly because this is a new subject to me, I needed to be open minded to new ideas and concepts; however, I think the biggest reason for having to use this attitude was because I have never performed my routine to anyone else except my mentor and I wanted to explore his honest opinion of my routine. Part of being an explorer means doing what it takes to discover the truth, and I believe that if you are practicing to perform for the first time, you need to be aware of the truth of your performance. This ties heavily into the next attitude.

The final attitude is the constructive attitude. I am going to be honest and say that my first time performing to my mentor was not especially good. I found myself using the constructive attitude to actively work towards improving my routine. Everything my mentor told me I took into consideration and reflected on and doings so was pivotal in creating the best performance within my ability.

Well that’s it for this blog post and unfortunately it will be my last, but don’t think that I wont still be working in the mean time! I spend most of my free time trying to come up with more material and if I do end up performing in the upcoming weeks, I can guaruntee that I will be posting it on my blog. If not, then the next time you will here from me is on stage!

Socials Midterm: Learning What Matters

Canada has had a torrid history of being tossed from the hands of one nation to another. It wasn’t until the colonial era that Canada began to stand on its own two legs and become a nation of its own. There were many aspects of this colonialism that we learned about some of which I am now quote proficient in and some that I still need work on. I have good comprehension in the learning outcomes of demonstrating effective written,  oral and graphic communication skills, individually and collaboratively, applying critical thinking skills, evaluating the  influence of immigration on Canadian society from 1815-1914, and analyzing political, economic, social and geographical factors that led to Confederation and the development of Canada’s provinces and territories. A few outcomes that I am still learning about  is analyzing Canadian society from 1815-1914 in terms of gender roles, ethnicity, daily life,  and the arts, describe the physiographic regions of Canada and the geological processes that formed these regions and assessing the impact of Macdonald’s National Policy on Canada.

Possibly the biggest outcomes that we met was all of A. Almost every moment of this unit was focused on these outcomes because in order to be successful with this unit, it required us, as students to reach these outcomes. Throughout this half of the semester,  I have spent a considerable amount of time role paying as Sir John A MacDonald.  Part of role playing as John A means embodying his opinions and knowledge based on correspondences in history.  I was able to represent these ideas in multiple forms of communication. The main forms of verbal communication include the many debates and speeches that I participated in;  but of course the largest one was the final address at the end of the unit. Other forms of communication include blog comments, tweeting and class discussions. All of which contributed to my communication skills. As for A1, us learners were caught in many situations that required critical thinking. Similar to the last learning outcome, A1 mainly applies to the challenge I faced to represent Sir John A.  John A is one of the most interesting and influential fathers of confederation (that’s just my opinion), and as a tenth grader, I found it extremely difficult to represent his ideas and opinions. Because the confederation was largely influenced by  John A, everyone looked up to me to deliver my role as him. It took my critical thinking skills to satisfy the role. Finally, for A2, I spent countless hours researching appropriate material just for John A alone. Again John A is such a dynamic character, and you would not believe the amount of research it took to not only to represent him, but just to understand him.

In terms of the actual course material, I found my self learning a lot about B3 early on in the unit (evaluating the  influence of immigration on Canadian society from 1815-1914). In the beginning of the unit during the CRAAP test, I was responsible for analyzing and writing about one particular article about people who immigrated to Canada. Here is my blog post covering the article. As a recap, the article was called, “The Peopling  of Canada,” and it covered almost everything that was required of B3 in small parts; however, it mainly focused on the influence of French and the other early European immigrants towards the British government before larger figures like John A actually pushed the British out. This is definitely an article worth reading.

The other major outcome I found myself learning a lot about is analyzing political, economic, social and geographical factors that led to Confederation and the development of Canada’s provinces and territories, which is C2. We learned about this outcome on many different occasions. The main ones being the class discussions and lectures, specifically regarding this topic, but also a little bit from the class confederation role play/debate and the package readings about the different conferences. Since the confederation was about the formation and development of Canada as a country, I found myself spending a lot of time learning about this outcome.

One outcome I felt like I need some more familiarization with is B1: analyse Canadian society from 1815-1914 in terms of gender roles, ethnicity, daily life,  and the arts. Because this unit was really confederation centric, I never really found the time or need to research these particular topics. As bad as that sounds it was the truth. I spent so much time researching things like John A and the actual process that led up to confederation that I was never particularly interested in reading up on some of these things. It also really does not help that the TALONS students only chose people that were directly affected by confederation. No one really had the opportunity to actually role play as some characters like Emily Carr or Stephen Leacock so we couldn’t effectively learn about them unless we wanted to on our own.

Similar to B1, I never found the time to research E1: describe the physiographic regions of Canada and the geological processes that formed these regions. Not only did I not have time to research this topic, I just didn’t think it was that necessary to research it in the first place; mainly because it has little to no influence on the confederation. I have been extremely busy this unit so I only researched the things that I had time for and actually mattered. The things that mattered to me at least. I can see a little bit of why this outcome matters, like how the resources of each region of Canada can affect the people who inhabit the area, but those things were already covered in C2. In general I didn’t find this outcome important enough to research.

Surprisingly, one outcome I have yet to reach is D1: assess the impact of MacDonald’s National Policy on Canada. I know I should have looked into this topic, considering I was role playing as John A, but throughout the whole unit, we never covered John A’s time in office. Maybe we have yet to cover this topic but as of right now but I haven’t invested a lot of time into this particular outcome.

I know reaching a lot of these outcomes would be a result of the efforts of the learner but I would like to believe that we have learned more than enough from this unit mainly because I have put major effort into this unit. We may have not learned a lot of the small things like the physiographic regions of Canada and the Irish potato famine, but I know for a fact that us as learners have learned enough of this unit to grasp the actual important aspects of confederation. The main objective of social studies is to learn about our history and heritage so we can build off of it and apply it to our own lives, and I believe that is definitely something I picked up from this unit.

The runback of a champion

Well, what a ways we have come. I think I have done my best not only for the people but for Canada. We had some rough patches here and there but I think we did our best to keep everyone happy. Well everyone except George…

How can you possibly say something like that, how can you possibly blame me for your faults like somehow it was down to me that you only lasted four days in office. And I mean, sure,  I may have taken your position but ultimately whose fault do you think that was? At the same time, I am truly sorry that you had to suffer as a result of this but it gives you no right to just dump this on me. You’re talking to me right  now as if I have never known what it’s like to be shafted or to suffer. You cannot possibly understand all of the struggles I have been through. if you honestly think I want to drink the way I do then you are sadly mistaken. You were born into wealth, you entitled bastard. And now you get shot and complain about it to me. You never knew what it was like to make a name for yourself, and thats why you choose to sit at this moment.

George, part of being in politics means making sacrifices and taking hits, and clearly this is your first experience with that.

You never took the opportunity to stand up for yourself, obviously its too late now. So let me tell you this, Now a days it takes a man with confidence and heart to play the game. This one, you were never even playing.

Check your privileges.

 

Confed Post #1

Confed Post #2

Ah, my good old friend Alexander Campbell. It’s too bad things didn’t turn out the best for him. I even gave him the offer to work under the cabinet and he just got dealt a bad hand. Well at least he is on the senate doing something mildly productive; I wish him the best in the future.

Let me tell you, seventy two resolutions were not fun. I was up all night writing those with my brothers. Though I am honestly so proud of the finished product; however, it was a frustrating process to get everything on paper. You know what the worst part of it was? I wasn’t allowed one drink the whole time!

This was during the banquet after the London conference.I was a little tipsy at the moment I am not going to lie. I was pretty damn happy though, George on the other hand maybe not so much. He may have been still mad from when I stole his position. I was probably just oblivious to see it. Whatever, what happens happens for a reason. That’s something George needs to tell himself!

 

George trying to roast me again. Let me tell you this, you cant just say something like that and not expect to get smacked with some heat afterwards. Will he ever learn?

 

 

In-Depth post #6 We’re making it

It has finally happened, and although it may have taken a long time my mentor and I finally got together to see a show in commercial. Just  a reminder from my last post we visited the Havana Theatre on Commercial last Monday to see Graham Clark and many other local comedians. It was quite late at night and I didn’t get home until 11 but in the end I still think it was more that worth it.

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A selfie was more than appropriate

Anyways Travis and I had an amazing time, he won a smurf from some trivia and we had some good laughs. My favourite joke was from one of the comedians when he was talking about his interracial relation ship and how when people ask him if his interests are different from his girlfriend and he said, “no not really, we just cheer for different teams on Family Feud.” The whole crowed lit up after he said that and I don’t think I have had a good of a laugh ever since. The whole experience of being at a live stand up event for the first time was quite inspiring. I came in with little to no confidence as an aspiring comedian but when I got into it, I actually wanted to perform. Unfortunately there wasn’t an open mic but if there was I can guarantee you that I would have performed.

Travis and I are currently exchanging some emails reviewing some of my material so that the next time I go to a show I can actually be prepared! Were planning to go back to the laugh gallery in two weeks. I wonder what the audience will think when a fifteen year old goes up to perform. Anyways  here is a little something I came up with in my spare time that Travis helped refine.

Well first of all I would go into my performance by giving a shout out to my mentor Travis so I can transition into my parents opinion of him and I would say, “you know while I think he is pretty cool my parents think otherwise. I guess they aren’t really comfortable knowing that I am meeting a guy that I met through YouTube who looks and sounds like Hulk Hogan.” I don’t want to spoil too much, I want the video of my performance to be fresh when you see it.

In terms of progress, Travis and I reviewed a lot of the comedians afterwards in the cafe. He pointed out some of the more practical parts of comedy, which I barely even acknowledged until then. Before that talk with my mentor I thought all stand up revolved around creativity and mindless jokes, but he told me that there are many more factors that actually determine the effectiveness of your jokes.

This is where I tie in De Bono’s idea of the concepts. People laugh at things because it is funny, but Travis helped explain to me the practical meaning and concept of making jokes funny: “there are many factors you have to consider when making jokes. You need to understand that most jokes people laugh at because they can relate to it; you have already picked up on that with some of your jokes about your parents.” He then explained that I cant use every joke just about things people can relate to because it can become stale: “on the other hand you can use jokes that the audience will not expect, like the one that Kevin said about watching Family Feud with his girlfriend, but you need to undestand that these jokes need to be set up first. You cant just throw out a joke like that and expect the audience to laugh. You need to set them up for it to get the best reaction” What I got from this is that the concept of making jokes funny is being able to understand your audience to know what will make them laugh and to manipulate them into laughing at your jokes if the previous one didn’t work out.

Moving onto the alternatives. This is actually something I talked a little bit about with Travis. We discussed my alternative options in terms of backup material; he offered me a lot of options but I want to focus on one for now. He first said that I shouldn’t be afraid to make up stories if it is what it takes to make people laugh. It was then that I realized that a lot of stories comics told in their performances were most definitely fake. I guess if famous comedians do it then why can I? Another alternative that Travis and I discussed was backup shows that we could go to. The laugh gallery was perfect because it is specifically in the part of the week that both of us can meet, but if for whatever reason we couldn’t go now we have alternatives! I would have to make some cuts in my schedule but we could attend a more popular show in Vancouver at Yuks Yuks. Its actually where Travis started out his stand up career so it only seems symbolic that I could do the same if I wanted to.

Anyways that’s it for this post. Join me next time and hopefully it will be about me preparing for the open mic or the actual open mic itself!

By the way here is a link to a short clip I filmed from the Laugh Gallery of Graham Clark: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-vDpZfpPTEASUk5cWpXYTJEbUk/view?usp=sharing

A fitting turn to a what is a Generic Journey

What can I say, we have come such a long way. I would formally like to call this a victory, not only for me but for Canada as a whole. My long time rival George Brown, has succumb! And so will the British in the coming years. They will never be able to stop this coalition power house! Only a few years ago people thought what we are going to accomplish would be impossible. Hmmph, even the sheer idea of Brown and I working together almost seemed impossible. I have to say, fate is a funny thing, isn’t it?

I never would have imagined I would be in this spot some 20 years ago. Man what was I doing? That’s right, the law firm. Now why did I waste my time trying to run one of those? It was too bad I had to abandon it for this; I kind of left my buddy Alexander Campbell in the dirt, but whatever, it was all for the greater good of Canada, and more importantly us as Canadians. This is where I truly belong, offering my services to the integrity of our soon to be nation! Hopefully Alexander understands.

As for my long time rival George Brown, I respect that we can finally looked past our east west inequality, I truly do please don’t get me wrong. At one point I really I hated him, which now I kind of regret because it seems baseless. I don’t know what it was maybe I just really didn’t like his chops. I’m more of a bare man, at least that’s what I like to think. But honestly, good on him to approach me about an opportunity like this. I honestly don’t think that I have it in me to do something like that.

I would like to give many thanks to my brothers that brought me to this glorioius moment. George Brown, looking forward to working along  side you my friend. Hopefully we can find a way to put aside our differences, at least for now. Étienne Tache, thank you for making all of this happen. You sir deserve the thanks of every future Canadian citizen. Hewitt, oh Hewitt I have seen you grow so much though throughout this journey and I believe you will make good company when we are in London. Monck, so glad you could lead us on this path good sir. And how could I forget my good friend George Étienne Cartier, you crazy french, how did we even become partners again? And of course my departed wife Isabella, I miss you every passing day. But of course, the most deserved thank you goes to my dear friend who helped me through cope with this whole journey, this  fetching bottle of scotch. A toast to Canada! And us, as the humble beings who decided to make it our own.

Cheers.

Indepth post #5 Live comedy here I come!

Wow, it has been a while since I have written one of these… But its ok because my mentor and I finally were able to decide on a day to go see a show. This coming Monday, my mentor and I are going to the Havana theatre and watching a local comedian, Graham Clark. This is going to be the first stand up show I’m seeing so hopefully it will be a fulfilling experience. I mean if my mentor specifically chose this one then it has to be good, right

Graham Clark is an interesting comedian…

 

I’m glad we finally decided on an official date, this process was unnecessarily complicated. We had maybe 6-7 emails exchanged over the course of two weeks. It was not efficient in the slightest, but I guess its part of the learning process if anything. Now I know that my mentor prefers calls and is does wrestling on weekends! Then again it was partially due to the inconveniences of our time schedules.

Unfortunately I never got the chance to record the call, but here is the more important part of our conversation. This isn’t exactly how the conversation went, I don’t exactly remember how it went but this is pretty close regardless.

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Travis: So what kind of show do you want to see? Anyone or any place in particular you might have in mind?

Me: Well I kind of assumed you were the expert so I’m not really sure… I did find one coming up this Sunday for a student show in Surrey. Is it any good?

Travis: I went with my buddies to that one one time, I don’t think its very suitable for us. Its not exactly professional stand up material.

Me: Ok that’s good to know. So what did you have in mind?

Travis: I know a good show that’s on Commercial every Monday Night. There is another one on Tuesdays which is also pretty good.

Me: What is the difference between the two, which one do you think is more suitable for us?

Travis: Well for Monday there is a guy called Graham Clark that performs every time. He has some pretty consistent work so if you want a guaranteed good experience this is probably the one to go to.

On Tuesdays there are more amateur  comedians and in some cases open mics. They are probably performing on your level if you want to get an idea of what to reach for.

Me: I want to have fun, I think Monday is a better idea.

Travis: Yeah that’s what I had in mind as well.

Me: Well ok then, its settled, I’ll call you again Sunday evening to hash out the details. Thanks!

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I noticed that my mentor and I used the black hat, white hat and the green hat a lot. Travis used the white hat to start the conversation and to dive right in: “So what kind of show do you want to see? Anyone or any place in particular you might have in mind?” I ended up following up his question with the green hat when I offered an idea. You can then see the black hat being used by Travis to show his opinion: “I went with my buddies to that one one time, I don’t think its very suitable for us. Its not exactly professional stand up material.” The rest of the conversation is basically a repeat of that process until we came to a solid conclusion. Essentially it was trial and error.

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White hat, black hat and green hat all in one!

I believe this conversation was much more effective that our series of emails. We were able to immediately follow up each-others ideas which allowed us to have fresh ideas which in turn let us change hats effectively. Hopefully we can have many more of these productive conversations in the future! Stay tuned for more updates.

Dearest father,

Hey dad, it’s your son John, can you hear me? How long has it been? Three weeks now? I took a break for a while in Britain, I had to leave school. They had the best whiskey, you would have loved it. I want you to know that mom is doing fine, and we still miss you.

Things aren’t the same at all without you. I’ve been spending my days gambling, and drinking. Of course I’m winning however, but it doesn’t feel right to me. I’m sorry if this didn’t turn out the way you wanted but it has been really hard on me lately. Law school isn’t any easier, I just want to get out there and do something. And if there is anything that I have learned from you its that I should keep going. I think that’s what I want, and for once it wasn’t because someone told me to. You have helped me out a lot these past years dad, and I think I am finally ready to move on.

There is an election coming up for the post of alderman, and I want to participate in it. Wouldn’t it be fun to win something like this? There are three other people who are going for the spot right now, my wife Isabella says it will be good for me. I wonder what she means by that. I think she just wants me to get off my butt and stop gambling but at the same time I think she knows that I can win and actually do something with it. Who knows what I could do.

I have a long process ahead of me, and for awhile I reconsidered. It wasn’t until I had a long talk with my wife before I was finally set on the idea. She told me that it would be interesting  to find out what happens, win or lose, like somehow the journey ahead of me would hold some kind of promise. What do you think?

Who knows, maybe one day I can do something amazing. I only wish that you would be there when it happens.

Canada, equality for slaves and the white man, but not natives!

I’m going to come straight out and say that I did not read the whole article. I did however read a good amount of it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to read all of the whole 4000 words and 35 paragraphs. Needless to say, I did get the message of the thing, and I did learn all of the important points from it. In the end that’s all that matters, right?

So basically, to summarize this behemoth of an article, it explains how people got to Canada, and everything that was a result of it. Here are some of the more important points. First and foremost this article explains how  peopl from foreign countries came to take refuge in Canada. The Scots, Americans, Irish and slaves (from america) were all welcome into Canada. Canada was a nation in the young, without solid laws or government, Canada was an open home to many, and is what lead to so many slaves immigrating over to Canada. Although this was fairly ironic because the British spent a lot of their time fighting off the only people who really deserved to live there: the natives.

It also explains the influence of the French and the creation of “New France,” now known as Quebec. The French were pivotal in establishing the independence of Canada, as many French immigrated to Canada to evade the prolonged war against the British back in Europe.

Now this is where it gets kind of confusing, because there were two groups of British within Canada. Early on, there were many British that immigrated to Canada early on for the sake of starting over and building a new nation. These were the British North Americans, those who built up the country from scratch and were creating generations within the country. And after Canada became quite established, the British Government moved in and wanted to take advantage of Canada for  their own benefit. The British North Americans allied with the French, Scots and Irish, and had many rebellions against the British government because they wanted to be an independent country. Eventually the British succumbed and passed a few laws that allowed the British North Americans to have control over their own internal affairs.

“The British Government would continue to play a part in the running of the colonies, but British North Americans now had the power to shape their own future as part of the larger empire to which they quite happily belonged.”

I mean it when I say this article speaks to me. Even though I didn’t full read the thing, I have learned so much about Canada that I feel like I already know so much of what we are going to learn. Until today I didn’t even know that Canada wasn’t big on slavery, and the fact that they openly welcomed slaves kind of reminds me to the Canada we know and love today. It was really interesting to see the ties between Canada 200 years ago compared to today.

I chose this article because I think it falls under many of the PLO’s that we are required to know. I’m not joking, it tells us everything in section B, from gender roles to the Irish potato famine, it covers many parts in section C about the development of Canadian government, and parts of section D, mainly about economy and agriculture. I believe this article speaks for itself when I say that it has a lot to offer. I mean it does have 4000 words in it so it covers over half of the learning outcomes for this unit, and if that doesn’t scream out as being an excellent resource then I have no idea what does.

Link: http://www.historytoday.com/phillip-buckner/peopling-canada

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