Wednesday, 28 May 2014

YCJA: Touching Spirit Bear

All the information I can get about Cole's life and the reason why he did what he did ( beat Peter up really bad) would affect my decision about what Cole should do. It's very important to know what his parents are like. But also how he has gotten into trouble many times before and still hasn't learned his lesson yet. Peter told on him for cheating on a test, so he had to teach Peter a lesson. But because Peter was in critical condition, the crime was a serious one. After learning more about the Youth Criminal Justice Act, if the crime is really serious, then the youth could have to go through an adult trail, and an adult sentence. Not only was this a serious crime, but Cole is also a repeated offender. 

Getting to the root of the problem, the reason why Cole has done what he did, is important. Like how Cole has a father who beats him and a mother who doesn't care. Also how he needs people to fear him. This is could be because he fears his dad when he beats Cole, so he wants people to feel the same fear that he does when he is at home. But most people's lives at home are peaceful and full of love the majority of the time, and that could be the source of Cole's anger. A person with no support full of anger and power is not going to be person who really cares about much. 

Thinking about Cole's life, I can understand why he doesn't really care about others and is always angry, but the things he does are a little extreme. If I just got told on for cheating, I wouldn't be happy either. But with Cole, he always has anger inside him, and adding on top of that his father's physical abuse to him, I can see how Cole would commit such a crime. But with that, he is a danger to society but does not deserve to go to jail.  However, the attitude Cole gives during the Detention Centre clearly shows that he's not really sorry for what he did, more sorry for getting caught. But again, this relates to his constant anger at the world, and would need something like rehabilitation and reintegration rather than hard jail time.  

Monday, 17 March 2014

GINS Quote Word Art

For one of the final projects for my Global Issues Novel Study, I chose a quote from my book Lunch with Lenin, and make it into a pretty picture. This is mine. The quote is from page 147. 

I chose this quote from the short story "Another Night in Disneyland". This quote helps describe the issue in the book because the issue is about drugs and in the story the parents of these two small children have alcoholic parents that the main character, Laura, babysits. When the two parents were having an argument while drunk, Laura took the kids out of the house to get them to safety, where she met Ms. Greer, her teacher. Ms. Greer, after Laura complained about how she hated her new life in this province, showed Laura the northern lights and explained what First Nations thought about them. Laura pointed out how this was just a story, and then she used the quote. 

This quote is very powerful because it is strange to think about, but very true. You leave behind a memory, and memories are stories. But it's up to you to make that a good story or a bad story. Any story can be perceived as bad or good, depending on the person. It's up to you to make sure that your stories are more good than bad. 

The alcoholic parents of the two little children have made bad choices, and their children will either remember or be told of this bad story. A bad choice led to a bad story that will be left with their children for a long time. To neighbours or friends, when the parents eventually loose touch with them, they will always be remembered by the bad story, and that can affect the way their children are judged by as well. This is the same with anybody who has left a negative impact on others using any drug in a bad/excessive way.  


Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Empathy GINS Post

For this post, I wrote a paragraph in the main character's perspective in empathy. I had a certain amount of time, but I didn't know how long that was. Because Lunch with Lenin has many short stories, I chose "Pretty Flowers" again. I put myself in Tahmina's shoes and tried to feel what she felt. Here is what I wrote.

After all our opium plants got destroyed I went into shock. Opium was how we got all our money for food and clothes and all the necessities of life. And we still have to pay off our debt for all the opium seeds! So much money is needed, yet no opportunities to get some. I think of my younger brothers, how little they know about working, or how hard it would be for one with only one leg to work. We relied too much upon these opium plants to feed us though out the year.  Now we will suffer until we can find a way to make enough money to pay off our debt and feed our entire family. But how long do we have to wait? Our debt will be required any day now, and what will happen then?  Maybe we will have to work it off, all day of hard labour in the hot sun. Perhaps he will pay us for work after our debt is paid, and food would be available. As the rest of the day went on, I thought of all the possible outcomes of this situation but one. I refused to think of that one. But when I got to the seed store where we owe our debt to and I saw that regretful look in my father’s eyes, I knew what outcome that was to be my new lifestyle. 

Monday, 10 February 2014

Global Charter of Rights and Freedoms

After reading our Global Issues Novel and connecting it to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, I got in a group with Meagan, Osereme, and Inaara and we created a Global Charter. We decided that the way the Canadian Charter was formatted was a great way to organize it because it makes it easier to understand and the information easier to access. 
Here is our Global Charter: 

Fundamental Freedoms
  • Lifestyle Freedoms
    • Freedom of religion .
    • Freedom of association with any individual or group.
    • Freedom of your individual.
  • Communication Freedoms
    • Freedom of the press.
    • Freedom of other forms of media communication.
    • Freedom of expression.

Government Relations with the People
  • Equal representation in the government between minorities and majorities.
  • Individuals have the opportunity to have an educated vote in the election
  • Government can be re-elected every 4 years.

Equality Rights
  • Right to be free of discrimination regardless of race, gender, age, religion, culture, sexuality, or any other factor.

Minority Rights
  • Regardless of any factor, if there is a substantial population that requires a service the government is required to provide it.

The rights and freedoms that we came up with were inspired by all four of our novels and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms itself. We decided to focus more on the individual rights rather than collective rights, because that could help the issues more than collective rights. We had a few challenges about wether to keep points from the Charter or to reword things entirely. 

We made intentional choices for our section names, keeping the Fundamental Freedoms title, but changing the rights. We split it up into two subsections, Lifestyle Freedoms and Communication Freedoms. Lifestyle Freedoms really connects to my "Pretty Flowers" in Lunch with Lenin because the Freedom of your individual means that you have the freedom to be yourself, and be in charge of yourself. Although when you are under 18, you have a parent / guardian who is responsible for you, you are still in charge of yourself, and can't be trafficked like the girl in my novel was. It was debated as to wether we should put "Freedom to be priceless" in it under the Freedom of your individual. We decided against it because that could be mistaken and interpreted as they have no price and are therefore free and worthless. The freedom to choose your own religion and association with any individual or group applies to Osereme's novel (When God Grew Tired of Us). The issue in her novel was about how religion affected the government decisions and citizens interaction. The Communication Freedoms also applies to her novel because the government didn't consider the people and their options, so they rebelled. In Meagan's book, (Fahrenheit 451), communication rights were severely lacking and was the cause of many issues that the world doesn't need. 

Instead of Democratic Rights like the Charter, we decided to say Government Relations with the People. The rights have the same idea, but we thought that this was a more specific name for what we thought was important to be included in this section, the relationship between the government and citizens. We included the right for an educated vote because in Meagan's book, citizens didn't vote based on the platform, but for other less important reasons. Osereme's novel also had government issues, and these rights would have helped. 

The Equality rights are just basic rights that can are needed everywhere, and are an issue in every country, some issues are bigger than others. The Minority Rights are also an important thing that citizens need to supply people with their basic needs. Inaara's novel was more about health issues, but the Minority Rights can kind of apply, because the government would need to provide a hospital to take care of them. 

Thursday, 9 January 2014

GINS Charter of Rights and Freedoms

After learning about the Canadian Charter or Rights and Freedoms, I connected the document to my book's issue. I originally researched about the "Another Night in Disneyland", but I thought it would be better to choose a new short story form this book so that I can compare a Canadian's rights and freedoms to another country's. 

The new short story I chose was "Pretty Flowers". This story takes place in Afghanistan, and is about a named Tahmina and her family. They have an opium farm, and are relying on their opium harvest to rid them of their debt. But growing opium is illegal in Afghanistan so the government came and plowed it all down and they couldn't get the money they needed for the year. In order to rid the family, they had to sell Tahmina, their 12 year old daughter. 

In 2004 a document was created called "Respect For Human Rights" for Afghanistan. But because the Taliban used to rule the country, the people are still used to that and don't always follow the document, but they follow the old rules. Trafficking children was the traditional way to clear debt, but with the document it is illegal. People in Afghanistan still get themselves in  lot of debt, so the law for no trafficking children doesn't always get followed and can go unnoticed because so many other sections in the document go un-followed as well. If this were in Canada, the parents who sold the child would get arrested because if the child wasn't attending school people would notice and report it, or the child might speak up. Also, the person who got the child would also get arrested. That child should go into foster care if the parents don't want them anymore, not be traded. 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

GINS 4 / Consumerism Mashup

In this story, a young girl is paid to babysit two small children with parents who are angry drunks, and they don’t live in a healthy environment. The parents spend their money on what they want, rather than what they need, what their family needs. Most of their money that’s not spent on food, water and shelter is spent on alcohol, even though their family needs more important things like more clothes and a clean environment to live in. I think that the parents are being really selfish, and they supply their kids with a few things that they need, and nothing extra. The babysitter also watches drugs being bought in the streets across from the house that the children live in. This is an example of something in the underground economy, which is illegal buying and selling of a product without taxes. These children don’t live in a safe environment, with an underground economy that the government doesn’t know about and parents who have an bad alcohol problem and don’t take great care of their children. I think that this is like a market economy because the government has little involvement in what in being consumed in this case. They are choosing what to buy, and they are the businesses are choosing to sell lots of alcohol to these people in order to succeed in their business, even though the parents are not benefitting. If the children’s’ parents keep up this drinking habit, they could start spending all their money on alcohol, and become poor and loose their house, and go hungry every night and be in need income assistance, the government funding them tax money to meet their needs of food and shelter. 

Monday, 18 November 2013

Global Issues Novel Studies Roundtable #2

For the second roundtable discussion, I got in a group with Curtis, Jacqueline, and Haniya because we all are reading the same Global Issues novel. In our discussion, we answered the following questions:
1. What did you find out that was surprising or powerful in your research?
2. What are you still wondering about?
3. Now that you have more information and background in your novel and its issue, what do you think might happen as you read further on in your novel?

To listen to our discussion, click here :)