Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Touching Spirit Bear - Litspiration Post 1

Hey Readers!

Recently in class, we have been reading The Touching Spirit Bear novel. We are about half way through the book and today, I will be writing about how this book relates to our new topic, which is youth criminal justice. 
As we all know, if you are over 18 and you have committed a crime, you will receive some sort of adult sentence. If you are below the age of 12 there are also many alternative measures but the question comes, what happens if you are a youth (12-18) and have committed a crime? The Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) is a legislation that reflects the youth in Canada from ages 12 to 18 who have committed a crime. This act states that if a youth from the ages 12 to 18 have committed any sort of crime, they will seek consequences. The objective of this act is to rehabilitate young persons who commit offences and reintegrate them into society. YCJA recognizes that the criminal justice system for young persons must be separate from that of adults and recognize their reduced level of maturity. 
So far in Touching Sprit Bear, Cole, a 14 year old, hurt Peter Driscal who was one of his peers. This caused many problems and Cole was then appointed to the Youth Justice Committee and the "healing circle." This healing circle is just like the Restorative Justice Program in Canada. When Cole was sent to the healing circle, the community and his family were critically involved with the decision making of what to do with cole. The Restorative Justice Program gives opportunity to look at harm that has been done and decide if a solution to address it exists, that allows to maintain the young person's responsibility but also maintain dignity. Instead of Cole going to jail, the Circle of Justice (Youth Criminal Justice Committee) decided to sentence him another way. For him to change, they decided to send him to an island off the coast of Alaska. After given that chance, Cole had come back to the healing circle and once again he was sent to the island as the healing circle decided that he still needed time to change. Just like this, the Youth Justice Committee sends youth to different programs for them to change and Cole was sent to the island as they thought this was the best thing to do. 

I believe what the healing circle decided for Cole was an important thing to do. By leaving him alone on the island, he could really experience that he is not the strongest force upon everything and that some things can overtake him. When he struggled for food, shelter and to escape, he realized that he doesn’t really have power over everything. In my opinion, the island is a great way for Cole to experience his culpability for what he did but I also think that when he comes back from the island, there should be more measures taken. In the book, they had mentioned that Cole’s dad used to beat him and his mom was drinking. Because of all these factors, he wasn’t good at school and he also had anger issues, which caused him to beat up Peter. In my perspective, I think that Cole should also be sent to a class that teaches how to stay calm and prevent anger issues. The parents action of taking a divorce will also be a great way to make Cole a better person.

Friday, 7 March 2014

GINS Quote Art

For this assignment, we were asked to take a quote from our book and artistically display it. Below you can see my quote from the book Geography of Hope by Chris Turner along with a brief description.

Geography of Hope by Chris Turner focusses on the issue of global warming and the hope of changing the world for the better. As the author makes it clear, "Daring to step beyond the rhetoric of panic and despair, Geography of Hope points to the bright light at the end of this very dark tunnel." (Turner 5).
For my "Quote Art" I tried to depict the theme of this book and take a quote from the book which I thought was very inspiring.
"The world we need: it all exists. It took only a year to find. And anything that exists is possible." This quote represents the overall theme of this book, the hope for change. Throughout this book, Chris Turner emphasizes that there is those resources that we need and we only need to know how to utilize them both effectively and efficiently. Everything we need is in the world and with our growing advancements in technology, we can create a greener and sustainable future for the following generations.
For the visual, I chose to depict "the future" and the idea of hope. The bright light coming from the valley on the right and from the O in possible represent a ray of light or in other words, a ray of hope. I chose this image due to its very natural feel and away from civilization. In our everyday world, we are constantly wasting our natural resources for the rising demand. Geography of Hope focuses on the unique and creative ways energy can be captured and produced along with the different ways we can recycle and reuse materials for our benefit. The three moons in the background represent the "other worlds" we have left behind to finally come to this point, the new and developed future.
I hope you liked it!
I hope you liked it!


Wednesday, 19 February 2014

GINS Post 7: Free Write Empathy

Hi everybody!

So for this assignment we were asked to write about the main character in our global issues novel study post and relate it to what the author is going through. If you don't remember, my global issues novel is The Geography of Hope.
As an author for many novels based on environmental concerns and the sustainable resources of renewable energy, I play a vital role in the future of our world. I am passionate about the environment and respect it in all ways. As the day progresses, I continue to research and write about sustainability and the new resources to improve our daily lives. Throughout my years as a non-fiction writer, I have learned many things and have been to many places learning about what the world has brought to us and the knowledge we have that hasn’t been applied yet. From when I was little up to now, I am a very curious and adventurous person. I constantly travel to many different places around the world from the U.S to Europe asking scientist and researchers in the different technologies that we have in place and what the future holds for us. As I wake up from my bed, I look over the beautiful buildings in downtown Calgary where I live. Even though there is so much natural beauty in the world, many things in the environment are resulting in this vast amount of beauty to be lost. This is where it sparked my idea to look into what we as human beings can do to change the world for the better and create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly place for our kids and onwards. I know eventually all of us will have to die but for us to create a mark and change something for our future is what we should be focusing on. Currently in Canada where I live, you and I know that many sustainable technologies are being applied from the LRT to the compressible garbage cans all around cities. Other places in Europe such as Denmark have a different approach to sustainability. Earthships and environmentally friendly water systems are currently being researched on and applied where in the rest of the world is not. Now think, by applying these different technologies, we are helping our future generation and our world as a whole. Wouldn’t you want a sustainable and environmentally friendly future?

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Global Issues Novel Study Post 6

The initial approach in creating the skeleton for the "Global Charter of Rights and Freedoms" was challenging at first for our group. As we know, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms recognize that values and reflect the identity of Canada and Canadian citizens but as a group, we had to reflect the values of all the countries. We decided that the subtitles (ex; Equality Rights, Fundamental Freedoms etc.) were a good place to start and afterwards, we could change them to best fit what was represented in our novels. One thing that was mentioned in most of our novels was the idea of Political Structure and Fundamental Freedoms. Originally in the Charter, Fundamental Freedoms had freedoms such as freedom to expression, religion etc. As a group we had decided to alter this and use the traditional rule of thumb that U.S uses which is the Freedom to Life, Liberty and Happiness. We also found out that most of the issues were a result of the government and religion rights. Due to the issues presented we agreed to also include separate sub-titles for both Religious freedoms and Political Rights of Citizens and Government Responsibilities.

Before we started this "project" we didn't know beforehand that there was actually such thing as a "Universal Charter of Rights and Freedoms." We eventually came to know that there is actually such thing! In this Universal Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which you can view HERE, many things were similar to what we referred to in out World Charter. Overall, I dont think that a Universal Charter would be beneficial because each country has their own worldview and way of life.

World Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Sanchit, Michael, Aman & Adrian
Fundamental Human and Animal Freedoms:
  • The right to life, liberty and happiness 
  • To not be treated cruelly 
  • To be given a fair trial with fair treatment 
  • To receive support from others 

Religious Freedoms: 
  • Freedom to your own religion 
  • Environmental Freedoms: 
  • Freedom to clean air 
  • Freedom to clean water 

Political Rights for citizens: 
  • Right to choose your government in a democratic society 
  • Right to express your own voice to and in the government 

Language Rights: 
  • A language used daily from a population occupying 35% or over will be a dominant language (official) 
  • An english for it is the national language of business 

Mobility Rights: 
  • The right to leave enter or leave any country with no government to stop them 
  • Work visa is required if you are not a citizen of that country or live in the country for at least 

Equality Freedoms: 
  • To be be free of discrimination from everyone including higher authority 

Government Responsibilities: 
  • Respect citizens views and opinions 
  • Give what the people want 

Till next time, Have Fun!

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

GINS Post #5

The Geography of Hope explores many places where sustainability and sustainable solutions is being applied. When comparing all the places, I had the greatest interest in learning more about Denmark. 

For this post, we were asked to connect the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to our specific country that we were researching. 

Denmark has a political system somewhat like Canada. Running on a parliamentary representative democracy, Denmark is a constitutional monarchy. The framework of politics is reflected in the Constitutional Act of Denmark. Due to Denmark running on a constitutional monarchy, the Constitutional Act is very similar to that of Canada but different in the sense that it is based on monarchy.

The Constitutional Act of Denmark was adopted on 5 June 1849 and was amended most recently in 1953. The rights and freedoms is very similar to Canada’s. Freedoms such as, freedoms of speech, expression, religion etc. is all listed in the Constitution. When comparing the Constitution to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Denmark’s fundamental, legal, equality and mobility rights are that of Canada’s but when it comes to the democratic rights, it is different. Having a royal head of state, the Constitution focuses strictly on monarchy. For example, “Legislative authority shall be vested in the King and the Folketing conjointly. Executive authority shall be vested in the King. Judicial authority shall be vested in the courts of justice.” - Under Part 1, §3.

The issue that was represented in The Geography of Hope was sustainability and climate change/global warming. When a bill is passed about sustainable development, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms doesn't play a role. Even though this is the case, freedom of expression and speech must be in place. If a country is run by a single leader (North Korea) and that leader is in supreme power, bills such as these might not pass. With a democratic approach in the political framework and a legislative assembly, everyones opinions effect the final decision that will be made. If the Canadian Charter or Rights and Freedoms was in place in Denmark, the issue presented in our novel might have resulted in a different approach of looking at things but all in all, the bill of sustainable development was most likely still going to be passed. Because places in Canada such as Calgary are already are investing in sustainable development (Wind Energy powered C-train), if the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was in place in Denmark, this wouldn't of changed.

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

GNIS Post #4/Consumerism Tumblr Mash Up

For my novel study, I had decided to look further into Geography of Hope by Chris Turner. As indicated by the title of the book, it mentions that it is The Geography of Hope: A tour of the world we need, which shows that this book or rather author tours the world and explores the different countries and how they are developing in these new and renewable technologies. I had decided to research more into Denmark’s technologies and how they are developing as a country.  
At 5,584,758 people, Denmark is the leading country in promoting and implementing sustainability and sustainable energy sources. Denmark’s political system is a parliamentary democracy somewhat similar to Canada’s.  Denmark is a multi-party  structure, where several parties can be represented in Parliament at any one time. Denmark also has a goal by 2050 to be 100% renewable. We still have to keep in mind though that Denmark’s population is just under 6 million people, which in a way makes it easier for the country to implement their renewable energy ideas and much easier for them to sustain their country with only renewable energy. When we take U.S into perspective, with 313.9 million people it is much harder as a country for them to sustain their energy demands.
Not only does the Geography of Hope relate to global warming and the hope for sustainable energy but also somewhat to consumerism (almost anything does nowadays). This idea of sustainability has been on the radar of many environmentalists and many countries governments. Denmark is much like Canada when looking at their political and economical status but in many ways, but also different when comparing to the changes they have done to make their country better as a whole. Now, to be sustainable you have to have sustainable products such as hybrid cars, windmills and other renewable energy technologies. Just because Denmark has further improved and implemented these technologies does not mean that these sustainable products are made locally. Denmark both exports and imports products from other countries and companies not local to Denmark. This in a way is promoting sustainability to other businesses, countries and producers as by creating these products, they also look into these sources and develop different ways to even produce them with sustainable sources.
Something that I found interesting about Denmark’s sustainable choices was how this bill of making wind power for their source of energy was passed on. Usually there would be a say from the citizens for such action to be taken upon but in this case, the Denmark government had passed on the bill to invest in sustainable energy sources hoping that this will turn many consumer products to be “green” as they were made with low harm to the environment.

Anyways, Have Fun!

Monday, 18 November 2013

Global Issue Novel Study Roundtable 2

Below you can view (technically hear) our roundtable #2 on our global issue novel study which if you recall, is the Geography of Hope by Chris Turner. Have Fun!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

New Project!!

Well,  we got introduced to a new project in Humanities...Yay!

I will be creating a Tumblr page for my "Consumer Identity" which you can view here or refer to the at the end of this post. I actually don't know how this project will turn out, but, we'll see... Anyways, Have Fun! :) :) :) 


Tuesday, 29 October 2013

GNIS Round Table (1)

Here is our first roundtable discussion for our new Global Issues Novel Study. I was not present while this happened so below the discussion you can see my ideas on the discussion of my book The Geography of Hope.

What global issue does your novel explore?
·      Climate Change
·      Global Warming
·      Non-renewable energy sources vs. renewable sources
·      Hope For Change

Throughout the book, it becomes clear that the problem is not the absence of knowledge and technology but rather we need someone to tell us what these tools are. We prefer to do and buy what the society does around us but also, after all, we buy into the good. These technologies offer continued comfort instead of demanding that we give up our valued lifestyles entirely. This is what Chris Turner is indicating in this book and how these solutions are very important.

Why did you choose this novel? Are you still happy with your choice?
·      Always interested in science
·      Aware of this topic
·      Wanted to know more information

Think about your talking to the text notes: what questions have you asked?
I believe this book is pretty easy to understand. So far throughout the book, the author is explaining his journey through Samso, which is a small Danish island and how they have changed their way of life by using close to 100% of renewable energy sources to capture energy instead of the traditional non-renewable energy (coal, oil etc.). This book includes many, many details but some I believe are missing or have not been mentioned yet. Chris Turner explains how renewable energy sources are virtuous to the environment but never mentions what negative effects it may have also. Do you know how many birds windmills kill? Do you know how expensive PV cells are?

4. Think about your talking to the text notes: what connections have you made?
There are actually quite a few connections I made so far throughout this book. First of all, the author is from Calgary! By reading the first page, the author explains how he always looks at the view of the city from his house, the Saddledome and Talisman Centre. Also, many of the articles that he mentions I am aware of as since grade 4 I always researched on different sources of renewable energy sources for my science fair.

5. Can you make any connections to our guiding ideas: worldview, identity, values?

Chris Turner spends over one year exploring different places throughout the world and explains how their worldview is different from ours. Samso, a small Danish island is run by renewable energy and everything is recycled and reused whereas if we take our Western Worldview, where we are run all by non-renewable sources and most things are wasted

Friday, 25 October 2013

Global Issues Novel Study #1

Hey Guys! Okay, we started a new project where we choose a book which focuses on a major global issue. I have choose the book Geography of Hope which explains the issue of global warming but also encourages that there is still hope for change. 

Do you really believe the world can change? That the problem of global warming caused by greenhouse gasses could be answered? The Geography of Hope focuses on only this, the hope, for change.

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   Chris Turner doesn’t focus on the typical approach on climate change and global adaption. He doesn’t reiterate the potential or ongoing consequences of inaction but rather he attentions it to what we can do right now. Today. And he’s imagining bigger than just hybrid cars and wind energy.
         Throughout the book, it becomes clear that the problem is not the absence of knowledge and technology but rather we need someone to tell us what these tools are. We prefer to do and buy what the society does around us but also, after all, we buy into the good. These technologies offer continued comfort instead of demanding that we give up our valued lifestyles entirely. This is also why Chris Turners approach and solutions are very important.
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After reading the summary of this book, I demanded to know more. I am very interested in environmental sciences and this book, the moment I picked it up, I knew I would love it. Chris Turner's journey so far is filled with familiar wind turbines and photovoltaic cells but his idea is something different. Using these renewable energy sources in a way to eventually, replace non-renewable energy sources and possibly stop global warming. There is still hope for change. 

Global warming. Climate Change. Greenhouse gasses. These are the main issues we learn today in science class. Ever since I started science fair in grade 4, I always researched and experimented on different forms or renewable energy. From, wireless electricity to algae biofuel and microbial fuel cells, I always had a passion about science and especially in the environmental sciences. I am very much aware of global warming and what is has done and will do in the future. Most of the articles that Chris Turner includes in his book I am know by reading and researching so much information about the topic. 

Chris Turner chooses to write this non-fiction book in first person. He reexamines environmentalism in the wake of his daughter constantly asking himself the same question: What kind of world would it be for her? He embarks on a journey to gain all the knowledge and the ways of creating hope for the future not only for his daughter, but for the planet as a whole. 

Wherever there is life, there is hope…

Cant wait to finish this book!!