When the A stands for “Always a good debate” in John A. Macdonald

Mr. Morris

Social Studies

April 18 2018

When the A stands for “Always a good debate” in John A. Macdonald

    What should you do if the first leader of your country discriminated against the people in our country? John A. Macdonald is a complicated person to study.  He may have had a hand in building this country, but he also damaged it. Now the real question is whether we should have reminders of what he has done, bad and good, or if we should eradicate him from the entire public sphere?  This is the debate that is happening from coast to coast. Yet, due to Macdonald’s progressive ideas towards women’s rights and the effectiveness of his business skills, Macdonald’s name and likeness should continue to be in the public sphere.

    The path to equality with women and men has always been a long and difficult task to accomplish, simply obtaining the right to vote for women was a struggle in itself.  Yet, Macdonald started Canada on this trail of women’s equality fairly early. “In 1885, Macdonald became the first national leader in the world to attempt to extend the vote to women”(GWYN).  In this time period women equality was not something that was at all supported, and to have a Prime Minister that “broke social rules by attending a few meetings of the Salvation Army in Kingston, Ontario,” to support a woman who was in charge of that particular branch of the salvation army, was truly inspiring (GWYN).  Hence, since Macdonald actions gave more awareness to women equality and women’s rights, his names and likeness should not be removed from the public sphere.

     Although many Canadians are all for removing Macdonald from the public sphere. Justifying themselves that the upbringing of Canadian Pacific Railway(CPR) created the platform that made it possible for Canada’s first political scandal, that surrounded Macdonald.   Yet, when looking back on Macdonald’s mistakes, we seem to forget that this has been just simply how business was and is still done. “It was not the first time a politician fighting for the life of his government and public policy solicited financial support and it will not be the last” (SYMONS).  Often, people will have a great idea but can’t distribute it out into the world. This is where investors come along. They support your idea and therefore support you, often giving you money to aid you with your future goal. The downfall is, these investors usually want something back, and you’re obliged to give it to them.  This is just how business works. Macdonald was merely just doing business. When choosing who would earn the coveted contract to construct the CPR he chose a company who first believed in and supported him. Being someone who understands business should not be a reason as to why we shouldn’t keep him in the public eye.

    The argument that the “architect of Indigenous genocide,” should leave or the creator of our country should stay will always be a heavily debated one (BALLINGALL).  Nevertheless, the progressive ideas he created for women’s rights and his understanding of how to best run this country, Macdonald and everything that is related to him shouldn’t be removed from the public eye.  Conclusively, not having Macdonald’s viewpoint on how this country was made will just be forcing us to do every historian’s worst nightmare; we would only be listening to a single story about John A. Macdonald, and that never turns out well.

 

Waite, P.B. “Pacific Scandal.” The Canadian Encyclopedia, www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/pacific-scandal/.

 

Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. “Pacific Scandal.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 19 Jan. 2018, www.britannica.com/event/Pacific-Scandal.

 

In-Depth Post #4. Jeez it is happening fast.

Well a lot has happened in regards to my in-depth project over the past 4 weeks.  To get us started I have had evaluations all over spring break.  These were a lot of fun and made me learn a lot.  I also got to learn a bit more about the coaches and introduce myself to the girls that I’ll be playing with.  I have also discovered my strength and weaknesses in how I play.  For example as per most of the sports I play, I am way better at defense then offense.  It is weird but defense always seems to click in my brain easier.  So I didn’t get to meet with my mentor a lot over the break since he went away, but he was at the first couple of assessments and he talked to me afterwards and gave me some helpful tips on what I need to work on.  Since he has gotten back on his vacation we have met up for a meeting once.  This meeting we went over basic offence because I struggle to grasp this concept the most.  I definitely feel more confident with my offense skills but I am still nervous about are first game which is next Friday. Now to switch over to the questions.  While I was reading this weeks criteria thing, I really like the four stages of mentorship.  The more I think about it the more I realize how many of these things I have already covered.

1. What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far?  Why?

The most difficult mentoring challenge that I have faced with my mentor have mostly centered around the both of us being really tired when we get to the meeting.  We both have fairly busy schedule and that is making , at least me, really exhausted.

2. What is working well? Why?

The thing that is working really well with my mentor has been the communication.  I have gotten a bit more comfortable and I don’t act nervous anymore.  We also talk about a lot of sports not just lacrosse and of course that lowers down my shields.

3. What could be working better?  How can you make sure this happens?

What could be working better is something I can control by myself.  I want to learn about what all these lacrosse terms mean because I have been a little lost during practice when the coach is explaining a drill and is using lacrosse terms that I do not understand.  This also goes for mentor meetings, I have realized hw clueless about this sport.  I just need to study or remember fast all these different terms that could help me with understanding this sport a little more.

Independant Inquiry

Question: What were the main factors that led to the French losing the Battle of the Plains of Abraham?

Historical Significance: Outline the focus of your inquiry and provide background knowledge.  Why is this an important and significant question to ask about the past? Provide evidence from primary and secondary sources.

The Battle of the Plains of Abraham.  It was a fairly short battle that started with the British army, led by General James Wolfe, climbing up a cliff that started their route on the Plains of Abraham and ended with the French army, who were led by Marquis de Montcalm, retreating.  This important battle led to the retreatment of the French army and the overtaking of Quebec by the British.  But what were the main factors that led to the French losing this historical battle. It was very easy to tell that this battle was not going to go in the favour of the French almost immediately, so what was it about the French attack and defense against the British attack and defense that made this fact so obvious.  Well it had to do with many reasons: Montcalm’s call to not wait for backup and instead go into the battle with only 4500 men, how Wolfe trained his 4500 soldiers specifically for this battle while the French were not very prepared, or it had something to do with how the French fired their ammunition right away from to far for the bullets to reach the impending opposing army.  These were probably the main and most impactful causes to why the French army lost.

Cause and Consequence: Why did your research events happen the way they did and what were the consequences?

These three events impacted the outcome of the battle in huge ways. One of the big ones was the variation of the preparedness for these two opposing armies.  So the two armies both with around 4500 men, yet one has soldiers who are trained for this battle and one with soldiers who are surprised by the attack and in comparison unprepared. The circumstances started out with the French not looking good. Yet this could have been changed. Another key decision that perhaps could have persuaded the outcome of this particular battle would be Montcalm’s decision to proceed to the battle without the advantage of having the upper hand with the amount of people in his army.  Montcalm decided to meet the British right away without the aid of allied forces. If he had waited for backup maybe Canadian history might be written differently but sadly we would never know.  The last of these main three events would have to be the fact that the French fired their muskets way to far out.  The bullets did not stand a chance at hitting their intended target. This greatly affected the French side of this battle for the guns back in this time would take a long time to load.  Because the French had already fired this gave British the upper hand. The could effectively hit their targets because they had the advantage of striking at the right moment. All of these different factors definitely made the battle go in one particular way.

Ethical Judgement: Is what happened right and fair by the values and standards of the time? How about from our current values and standards? Explain.

I think that the Battle was definitely played out fairly by the values of the past and the values of today.  The British used tactics to defeat the French, and due to how the French reacted, in my opinion, rather poorly in comparison to how they could have handed the invading British army.

Social Studies Inquiry Processes: What conclusions can you reach about your question, based on the research you conducted?

Although we will never know for sure the factors that made the French lose, well unless the secrets to time travel are discovered, we can definitely speculate what those factors are.  So even there is many factors that influenced the outcome of the Battle of the plains of Abraham I’ve come to my own conclusion that the biggest contributors to the French losing this significant battle would be due to the difference in armies, the decision to not get backup, and also the decision to start the first volley of attacks from 120 yards away from the first of the British troops.
Also if anybody wants to earn a little more or even have just a quick overview on the battle; I discovered a nice summary of the battle in 3 minute video form.

Canada – In regards to what we are.

1.  Choose an event from Canada’s past or present (social, political, environmental, or economic) and describe / illustrate (show cause and effect) how this event influenced / influences all four of the quadrants. Provide images / primary source evidence where possible.

Through the millions of events that have happened to Canada, there is one that has happened recently that has caused some chaos regarding what Canada values.  This event of course is the release of Canada’s Budget.  The reason why this event is so impactful is because it affects all four quadrants: Political, Social, Economical, and Environmental.  This year’s budget is largely focussed on Women in the workforce.  What this does is it appeals to all the women in the country which take up a huge part in voting so the Politics behind it are trying to reach out to the social aspect of Canada.  Another reason it impacts social is that they are trying to make it the social norm for women to be treated equally in the workplace and the world.  Not only women but also Indigenous people and other minorities.  It affects environmental in the same ways it affects social, because the government is trying to make it the norm in our environment for everyone to be equal.  Another one of the biggest affects this event has is on the economical aspect.  Because this the Canadian budget, it will affect economics in a great way.  Certain areas of the budget have more or less than they did in previous years so that will change how they will affect Canadian economics.  This event has changed Canada in so many ways in so many different areas.

2.  Does your event represent a step towards creating and maintaining a coherent       Canadian identity, or does it move Canada more clearly in the direction of Trudeau’s discussion of a “post national” state?

The one thing that most people agree about Canada is that we are a diverse country.  We are very active in supporting diversity, whether that be LGBTQ+ rights to equal pay for everyone in the workforce, Canada has tried to support everybody’s views.  So if we say that one event has created ONE coherent Canadian identity we are not supporting everybody who lives in Canada, because we all have different views on the world.  We would not be supporting diversity.  Canada is not a post national state because we are, in my opinion, a nation.  What connects us that we are all different.  That is what Canada celebrates and that’s what brings us together.  We can’t be a post national state when we are still a nation.

3.  In your opinion, is there any value in trying to define a specific Canadian identity, or should we abandon this idea towards a more open and global idea of nationhood? Why?

There is really no value in defining what Canada is.  Canada is Canada.  It is a bunch of different people with different experiences and different views on the world, all spread out through 10 provinces and 3 territories, all together under one flag.  The best thing about Canada, again in my own opinion, is that we celebrate diversity.  We celebrate that there is many differences between all of us and that is what brings us together.  We celebrate Canada and whatever we believe it stands for.  There is no point in defining something that is so huge and so vast, you can’t.  So what we can do know is start understanding the world and how we can help to make it a better place.

 

In-Depth post #4

I only got a chance to meet with my mentor once over the past two weeks.  Unfortunately he went away on a trip for a week and a half.  Luckily we had a chance to meet up Friday night, since we both had practices at the same time.  So we had the chance to meet up afterwards.  During the meeting we reviewed what we did at our last meeting as well as went over some of the rules of the game.

1. What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far?  Why?

The most difficult mentoring challenge would be the fact that even though we are talking and getting to know each other, I am still really nervous while talking to him.  This is probably because I am nervous and don’t want to let anybody down.  I think this will only go away with time, I just can’t wait for that day to come.

2. What is working well? Why?

The thing that is working the best would have to be that I am able to understand and pick up on new concepts so I am able to learn more in a short amount of time.  This makes it easier for my mentor to be able to give me more instruction and tips.  Because he is able to give me more advice it will help me when I actually get to playing.

3. What could be working better?  How can you make sure this happens?

What could be working better is our availability to meet up.  Also our communication outside of our meetings.  These two things kind of feed off each other.  I need to start contacting him more so I can do two things.  One: we could start meeting more so that I can become a better player.  Two: I can clarify what I need to bring or what we are learning that day and what we are specifically are doing so that I don’t bring everything.  Just the things I need.

P.S. I learned that my mentor is actually coaching this year.  I also learned that there is going to be two teams in my age group.  They are going to separate them equally.  My mentor is actually one of the coaches.  I really hoping that I end up on his team so that he can help with my play.

Sourcing

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Inquiry Question: What is the Story of my family rings.

Source:

1. What type of source:  My ring presumably would be a primary source when answering my inquiry question, but it is not.  My ring is not the original family ring so it is only a secondary source.

2. Who created it:  They original ring was created by my aunt Wendy.  My ring was created from a mold to replicate the original.

3. When and where was it produced:  My ring was produced by the people who work at Peoples, the jewelry store.  It was produced during December and early January.

Context:

1. What other events or developments were happening when this source was created:  My 16th Birthday was coming up.

2. How might they have influenced the source:  It influenced when the source was made.  Once a girl turns 16 in my family they get a replica of the original ring.

Description:

1. What do you notice that is important about the source:  It isn’t dented.  This shows that I take really good care for it.  It is though starting to look a bit more worn out from wearing it a lot.

2. What is interesting:  On my ring there is the saying “For Always” in Spanish

3. What can’t you explain.  The vine design all around the ring.  I don’t know why my aunt chose to do this design, but it looks really nice.

Inferences about Perspective:

1. What groups might the creator have belonged to? Why do you think they made the source: If the ring was analysed or my family was analysed, people might infer that the woman in the Kennedy family are really close since we all wear one.

2. Who was the audience: The intended audience for the first batch of rings, were for my aunt and all her sisters.  Yet as time went by the rings got past down to their daughters.  So me and my cousins are now in the mix.

3. How might the background/values of the creator and audience have influenced this source: They influenced the creation of the rings very much.  My aunt was only discovered her family when she was 20.  So to go 20 years then meet 4 sisters she wanted to make something that represented them being together forever.  That is why she made the rings and why she had “For Always” put on them.

Inferences about inquiry question:

1. What can you learn from examining this source:  That my family is really close and well always be there for each other.

2. Does it help you answer your inquiry question:  It answers my inquiry question a bit.  Not to the fullest extent it could but it covers the basics.

3. Does it confirm, extend, or contradict what you know: It confirms what I know about my family.

4. What further questions do you have:  Why not include the males in family.  And if not what could the males in my family do to have some sort of thing that ties them together.

Guideposts to Historical Thinking

I think that the most important significant historical question we should focus on this year is, How can history help us to live in the present.  This is the most important question because it can help us define why we do the things we do.  For example looking back at history we can see how people differ from today’s norms and why.  This could affect us to live our lives differently.  People commonly say that history often repeats itself.  If we learn more about the past then we can stop the repetition and decide for ourselves the path we should take in life.  These different stories we hear about the past can determine why we act, if we could act in kindness or coldness.   Determining how history helps us live our live we can find how it affects how we live are life and from there we can improve it.

In- Deph post # 3

So here it come another point in this epic journey that is my In-Depth project.  So far I have finally had a meeting with my mentor.  It went better then I expected.  I was extremely worried that something bad would happen.  During the meeting, I was taught a few of the throwing techniques that are most commonly used.  After I practiced them I practiced shooting and more importantly aiming while I shoot.  Another big accomplishment for my In-Depth is that I got all my lacrosse gear.  I was super excited to get it.  The best part would have to be my lacrosse stick.  It is really nice.  It has this coating on the metal that stops it from getting cold and provides an excellent grip.  It also had a pre worked in pocket that will help me with catching the ball.  Which by the way is extremely hard.  It also has a pocket protector that stops the ball from damaging your stick.  So I was really excited to test it out, and it worked really well.

  1. What went particularly well during your mentoring session.

A lot of things went well for my first mentoring sessions.  At first it was a little bit nervous but once we started it was fine.  I started thinking about him as a coach and that clicked something in my brain so I was listening to instructions better and asking certain question that would help me execute certain techniques better.

2.   What relationship challenges did you face?  Address some of the sub- questions below.

The biggest relationship challenged that I faced during the mentoring session would be that my mentor and I never really talked to each other.  This made it hard on communicating and first because I think we were both unsure of what to say and how to go about our meeting.   Yet, as we continued with the meeting we got a bit more relaxed and comfortable with each other.  This was manly due to the fact that I voiced that I was nervous at the start of the meeting so I don’t think we did anything to hard so that I got more comfortable with the feel of Lacrosse and what these mentoring sessions would be like.

3.   What logical challenges affected your communication?

Our communications was manly affected by the fact that we do not know each other well.  So we don’t know how each of us works and how we think.  Another thing that was a big factor in communication challenges was the fact that I do not understand any lacrosse terms.  When he would try to explain something to me I would be very confused.  It worked better after I saw something because I more of a visual learner.

In-Depth. Downloading Update.

This year I was a little behind on finding a mentor.  Although I have tried to catch up to the best of my ability.  I have accomplished that goal.  This year my mentor for box lacrosse with be Ken Thomas.

I have known Mr. Thomas for a long time just not very well.  He was a coach in the same soccer club that I play for.  Now coaching soccer and knowledge on box lacrosse are two completely different things, yet while coaching soccer he also coached Box Lacrosse.  To be specific he coached my sister’s Box Lacrosse team.  He coached a Box Lacrosse team for PoCo Saints which is the club I will be playing for.  Not only did he do this but the team he coached was a division A team.  I realise that coaching is a very difficult task and you have to have vast knowledge on the sport your coaching, this makes him an ideal mentor for me this year.  Sadly, this year he will most likely not be coaching.  I am choosing to see this in a positive way as it allows him to have more free time in his schedule so that we can have more mentor meetings.  Even though he wont be coaching he still has a lot of knowledge that he can pass down to me about this terrific sport.

Now we haven’t had a mentor meeting yet but we are currently trying to find a date that works best for both of us.  Most likely our first one with be this Friday after my soccer team practices and his soccer team practices are done.  I think this will work great because of three reason: it doesn’t conflict with any of my extra curricular activities(basketball or soccer), we are already at a field that has tennis courts and soccer fields so I can practice throwing, passing and other things on, and it will be a week before the In-Depth post are due, which gives me plenty of time to reflect on our meeting.  After that we will meet probably once a week at the same time.

Throughout this experience of finding a mentor a mentor and emailing my mentor back and forth so that we could figure everything out, I learned some cool things that will help if anyone asks me to become their mentor.  Not only did Mr. Thomas make sure that he let me know that he could be my mentor but he also said that if him not coaching Lacrosse was a prerequisite he could find me other mentors, he also told me what time was best for him.  This helped actually help ease my stress a bit.  Even though we haven’t talked about Lacrosse yet I’ve already started learning things from him.

 

So here is my product of my zip.  Sorry, I meant to post this yesterday but I was occupied with basketball.

 

Book Review

I have just read a fantastic book about a young girl who has lost everything and has been given up for adoption.  At the start of the book she discovers her new family and friends and throughout the book she dives into many adventures that deal with thievery, keeping a huge secret, and most of all books.  Through the eyes of death itself, Markus Zusak’s incredible story, “The Book Thief”,  Tells the tale of a Liesel Meminger.

Before I started reading this book; countless people told me that it was a great read so I decided to find out for myself.  It amazes me how right they were.  I truly have fallen in love with “The Book Thief”.  I found the book quite intriguing for many reasons.  One of them was how it was written.  Markus Zusak uses Death as the narrator of Liesel’s Life.  Death is a narrator who can easily go off track and spoil a huge part of the book.  Death would quickly go from place to place and person to person.  I really enjoyed this way of viewing a story; I have never read a book written this way.  Another factor of my growing love for the book thief is for its characters.  While reading this book, I quickly fell in love with so many different characters and their open heart.  From Liesel’s curiosity, her mother’s generosity and her father’s wit; the characters really came alive in my mind.  The one setback I had while reading “The Book Thief” was having to constantly reread bits and pieces of the book so I could understand it.  Truth be told, because of the jumpiness of the narrator, sometimes it would become difficult to follow along with the story.

Overall “The Book Thief” is an incredible book that I will never regret reading.  The many trials that young Liesel Meminger had to go through is really astounding and kept me flipping the pages so I could see what happened.  I would totally recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of reading adventures, a bit of mystery and of course anyone who doesn’t mind stealing.  For this book lover I would rate “The Book Thief” 8.5/10.

 

Movie Review.

I have just watched this beautiful movie telling the tales of an adventurous and curious young girl.  At the start of the movie she discovers her new family and friends and throughout the film she dives into many adventures that deal with thievery, keeping a huge secret, and most of all books.  Through the eyes of death itself, Markus Zusak’s incredible story, “The Book Thief”,  Tells the tale of a Liesel Meminger.

I have to be honest here and my honest opinion is that this movie is not that good.  To start us off the movie would bounce from story plot to story plot without clearly showing the relationship between them.  It was really hard to understand the connection between two different scenes.  I also found the film very dark.  I know that they were difficult times that probably were very dark, but in the original book that this movie was based of off, the characters still found happiness in very difficult situations.  The actors that played these characters, in my opinion, were pretty good.  They portrayed them quite thoroughly.  There were some small details that I would have like to have seen but you can’t get everything you want.  I feel like the director did a good job portraying the dark atmosphere and that was really compelling.

Overall this movie alone is a pretty good movie.  If there was no relation to a book I probably would have enjoyed it more.  Since it was based off a book I was very critical about it and it did not meet my standards of what the movie of “The Book Thief” should be.  So if you love movies but hate reading the books they are based off of, than this is the perfect movie for you.