I was born in Sarnia, Ontario on March first, 2003 and have lived here in Canada all my life. My mother was a clerk and my father was a tank driver, both working for the Canadian Armed Forces. My mother resigned from the Army the year I was born. After my parents divorce when I was a year old, my father met a woman who would be my stepmother in another army training course. Ever since I was young my family has been taking advantage of the vast nature that remains, unlike many other countries in the developed world. Each summer we go camping, both at The Pinery close to home, and up north at Sudbury and Georgian Bay. We own a trailer and, when the weather is suitable we go up most weekends. My favorite thing about Canada is that there is an overwhelming belief here that no one is alone and there are certain things that all people need and are entitled to. This view is not only shown in legislation, but in Canadians general attitudes and actions towards others.
Corruption- The Ugly Side of Power
Corruption is selfish, illegal and underhanded practices by government and legal officials. These practices include embezzlement and bribery. Corruption is a big problem in our world and one big thing that seems apparent in most of the world's most corrupt nations is poverty. When a population is in abject poverty they are easy to take advantage of. This is because people don't have the time to try to change anything, as well as the fact that governments have militaries and police forces at their disposal. These things combined make controlling a population very easy. You can see this trend when you look at corrupt nations that are wealthy compared to those that are poor. Leaders in wealthy, first world countries who want to further their own goals tend to be more secretive, because they have too. Western countries especially tend to have a wealth of investigators and independent law enforcement who are looking to thwart and selfish officials plans. In places like North Korea, it is easy to see the selfishness of those in power, even for those living there. However they cannot stop it because they are ruled by military-police who will use any means necessary to secure their bosses continued success. The United Kingdom has given millions to North Korea in recent years but very little of this aid has gotten to those who need it. The vast majority has likely gone into Kim Jong Il and his wealthy friends and family's bank account. I think that, while offering humanitarian aid to those is need is a great responsibility of those of us in the developed world, I don’t see a point in giving money that flows right into corrupt governments. I think that this money would be better spent by groups who would, for example, build houses in these third world nations. These type of charitable actions are great because they enable us to help people who need help without paying those who keep them desperate. Overall, I think that it would be wise to stop sending funds to corrupt places until we start using more effective ways of offering aid or governments become more trustworthy.
Workplace Automation and it's Effects
In our modern times it seems the everything is becoming automated, and the workforce is no exception. In this essay I will look at the mechanization of the workforce and discuss positive and negative effects of this. The main effects are environmental and pollution that is emitted by machines, economic and the loss of work caused by automation, and the effects increased poverty and unemployment will have on society.
I think that in our modern age, the environment has become overlooked by those who want to maximize profits, without needing to waste money repairing the damage they cause. This is shown by the worsening threat of global warming, and robots being built by the thousands will not help the problem. Machines need fuel and, in our current time, Canada mainly uses fossil fuels. A report by the Government of Canada says that “Fossil fuels accounted for the greatest share of this production, with crude oil representing 41.4 percent; natural gas, 36.5 percent; and coal, 9.2 percent. Renewable energy sources were also important, with hydroelectricity representing 7.5 percent; biomass, 3.5 percent”. This means that the work robots will likely not be using electricity most of the time which will cause pollution. It would be a different story in a place like Denmark, where, in 2015 there was enough clean power to supply 140 percent of demand and their energy does not harm the planet like ours does. If people were used for these jobs, fuel wouldn't need to be burned to get work done.
Anything that affects the number of jobs for people will obviously have profound effects on the economy. A study by Ball State University found that, of the 5 million manufacturing jobs lost since 2000, 88 percent were lost to robots. While this might save wealthy company owners money, it ultimately does more harm than good for the economy. Because robots don't need to be paid, given breaks, sick days or maternity/paternity leave and can work around the clock without making nearly as many mistakes, it makes sense that employers want to switch over from human workers. However, with rising populations and higher education requirements for occupation, more competition is the last thing that humankind needs. In Canada, as of right now the unemployment rate is 6.6 percent according to CTV News. A report by CNN said that, by 2020, 5 Million American jobs could be lost to machines. If humans were hired to do this work money would be given to people who would spend it on luxury items, necessities and taxes. All these thing feed the economy.
The increasing of mechanized workers also has profound effects on society as a whole, although they may not be as obvious. During the second paragraph, I discussed how the loss of jobs would affect the economy, but I think that this would also affect society. I think that low amounts of jobs and money leads to theft. A paper by Finances Online said “How big is income inequality or financial deprivation as a determinant of crime rate? In studies where economic data are isolated and solely used, the connection seems to be overwhelming”. Secondly, a study by The Economist claimed that “The other possibility is that genes which predispose to criminal behavior (several studies suggest such genes exist) are more common at the bottom of society than at the top”. I think that this shows that poverty leads to crime, and crime rates could be lessened by giving some profit to people instead of letting it sit in the bank of some ultra-wealthy CEO or investor.
As you can see, the rise of automated labour has many far reaching impacts on the environment, the economy and our society. While there are some benefits of this ever increasing change, I believe that this is a negative adjustment to the workplace and the developed world as a whole, and there will have to be some real changes to the framework of our nation if this change is to cause improvement instead of disaster.
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The Canadian economy operates in three sectors. The first sector collects the resources to make things, the second sector makes these resources into useful things and the third sector sells these things.
One example of this would be the oil industry. First the oil is is drilled out of the ground. It is then refined into a usable oil. It is then sold to companies who sell it to people. This definitely helps the economy. In Canada alone, 57 343 people were employed by the oil industry in 2016. While oil is gotten all over the world, the oil sands are what make oil such a big part of Canada's economy.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is an organization owned by Bill Gates (the richest person in the world) and his wife Melinda. The organization's purpose is to improve global inequality by empowering people, fighting disease and giving people access to food, water and healthcare.
The four divisions of the foundation seek to help vulnerable kids in washington, help the world's poorest lift themselves out of poverty and give developing countries the technology to save those in trouble. Instead of focusing on one area, this organization looks at problems that affects the whole world and tries to solve them on a global scale. One of their most challenging goals is the complete eradication of polio. While it has been slowed, many nations have had outbreaks in recent years and free vaccinations for the people in these countries would cost to much to be sustained.
The National Police Accountability Project is an organization dedicated to ending police abuse of power and bringing justice to those who do. It does this by coordinating legal action, education and supporting victims as well as raising awareness for the many events they hold along with other sympathetic events.
Making Scatter Plots
For this assignment, we had to graph the NHL teams on their goals against, as well as their total wins to find the correlation between these two stats.
Correlation Between Wins and Goals Against
I think that this shows that teams that won more games almost always had less goals against. This makes sense, because not being scored on had a direct impact on whether or not a team will wing their games.
Does Music Influence Our Mood?
Music has always been a big part of human culture and has had a massive impact on our world, but I also think that it can impact individuals by changing people's mood as well as helping memory and attention.
I think that music can impact people's mood. A study in a 2016 said that “music brings most listeners pleasure and comfort, according to recent research from Durham University in the United Kingdom and the University of Jyväskylä in Finland”. I think that people like listening to sad music when they are sad because they feel like someone is relating to them, someone understands their pain.
I also think that music can help your memory. A page by Music and Memory said “Persons with dementia, Parkinson’s and other diseases that damage brain chemistry also reconnect to the world and gain improved quality of life from listening to personal music favorites.” I think that people being able to remember their life would improve their mood.
As you can see music can greatly change people's mood for the better, whether those people are listening to their favorite tunes while doing chores around the house or are playing them to regain lost memories.
Written by Suzanne Boothby | Published on August 3, 2016. "How Music Affects Our Moods." Healthline. N.p., 03 Aug. 2016. Web. 08 Feb. 2017.
"Music Stimulates Emotions Through Specific Brain Circuits." Jon Lieff, M.D. N.p., 02 Mar. 2014. Web. 08 Feb. 2017
The Gold Rush
In the gold rush, everyone went to the Yukon to search for gold! It made the Yukon a very valuable place, but everyone wants to go there to get gold so it also upped the socialization in the country. The economic rates also went up because of all the expensive gold that everyone was dying for… Literally! People would freeze to death or die in the mines! So with all the people gone meant that the socialization rates went down because all the people kept passing away
After the amazing discovery of gold, the industry rapidly expanded, generating various sites across the Yukon landscape. This included righteous land owned and protected by the Indian people. The miners were forced to slaughter and kill the Indians so that they can pillage for more gold. Gold is awesome, but greed becomes a limit. Even the diggers themselves were also unhappy with the disturbance. It was a excruciating job, and the mining process caused lots of death. The mercury from the mine sites traveled into the several rivers, which the fish consumed. Villages regularly ate fish, which caused mayhem everywhere.
3. The gold rush affected the nation and people of Canada in many ways. First, it would have improved the standard of living for those who were able to find gold, although this was a very small minority of people who went to the region. It also would have started hostility between the canadians and the natives, and reinforced the idea that the new settlers didn't care about the wellbeing of the first nations people. The infrastructure of british columbia improved greatly, as new roads and bridges needed to be build to accommodate the new rush of people to the area. The economy had a large boost from the population increase that caused more spending,as well as the people who found gold being able to spend more. The people who had to buy the mining and panning equipment also stimulated the nation's economy.
Orbiting Jupiter Movie Poster
What are the physical challenges that settlers faced when deciding on a new location? The settlers would need to consider access to food and water, resources (for building, clothing etc.), defensibility, room to expand the settlement and many other factors when deciding a new location
How can the environment help meet those challenges and give hope for a successful settlement? Things like woods and water can supply people with meat and fish through hunting and fishing, while fertile farming land can also feed settlers through farming. Woods can also supply people with clothing from animal furs or leathers as well as wood for construction. Hills or cliffs can make good defending locations, weather they give a defender a good view to shoot at enemies from or are just to see attackers so that a defense can be prepared. Large open spaces or cleared out forest give room to expand as settlements become villages, villages become towns and towns become thriving cities.
What is one real life example of a successful settlement and why do you think it was successful? Edinburgh is a successful settlement. I think it was successful because it has good farming soil and is on a shoreline. So the people would have food and water. There is also a large cliff for the people to build a castle, fort or just to fire weapons from. It was a large open place when it was founded so the people could expand (and they did).
Social Issues and Art
Oct 4, 2016
Critically Analyzing Advertisments
September 14, 2016
Click on parts of the advertisement to learn how this world war 2 poster tries to convince people to join a car club or carpool. I hope you enjoy, have fun!
What is the purpose of this advertisement? The purpose of this advertisement was to convince people to carpool.
What kinds of emotion is this ad selling? This ad is selling happiness. It shows happy people carpooling telling you that if you carpool, you will be happy too.
How is this ad trying to make you feel? This ad is trying to make you feel guilt. It is trying to make people who don't carpool seem unpatriotic and feel bad.
Who is the intended audience of this ad? The intended audience is adults during 1940-1945
What is the components/words used to evoke an emotional response? The words used to evoke an emotional response are "They do it.. So can we" and "Carry more to win the war"