Unit 2: How is North America Politically Different from the 19th Century?

Politically, North America is very stable. We live in a democratic government that listens to what we say and for the most part does good things for the country. We are allowed to vote for those who represent us in government. We also have a say in the laws they pass, though it hasn’t always been this way (Library of Parliament, 2012).

In the early 19th century Europeans came to settle in North America for various reasons. The government systems they had didn’t favour them. In Upper Canada the family compact , a small group of wealthy men made all the decisions, and always disputed with the residents over land. In Lower Canada the chateau clique controlled everything, and even though Lower Canada was mostly French, the leaders were English which caused many problems. Life was hard for the working class and they lived in unbearable poverty and received no help from the government (Wikipedia, 2013).

The lack of a representative and responsible government lead to in one case the American Revolution and in  Canada, the Rebellions in the 1830s. Eventually Canada became a unified country with a democratic-like government. North America has evolved greatly since then.

Library of Parliament. (2012). The Parliament of Canada- Democracy in Action. Retrieved from:http://www.parl.gc.ca/about/parliament/publications/democracyinaction/democracy-e.asp

Wikipedia. (2013). Rebellions of 1837. Retrieved from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebellions_of_1837



Unit 1: Global Warming

¬†Global Warming is a huge problem in the world today. Everyday we see that the world we live in is becoming more and more unhealthy and it’s because of us. If we don’t make a change fast, a day may come when it’s far too late and all the beauty that once inhabited this land will be lost.

We are blessed in Canada to have such amazing landscape around the country. Monstrous trees, rushing waters, and far-ranging mountains are found all over the country. Sadly because of global warming and other environmental issues, we are unable to preserve these beautiful scenes of nature.

If global warming continues, our lives will be different from all aspects. Looking in the future at about 2050 or 2100 I can see the way we dress changing because the magnificent winters we experience are no more. I can see the food we grow here not being here anymore because of temperature changes. And last but not least, I can see the natural resource of water depleting because of all the carbon dioxide, making it too acidic for the animals and the people (Wikipedia, 2013). I see the polar bears in the northern region of the country drowning because all of the icebergs have melted away (National Wildlife Federation, 2013). For more info visit:http://nrdc.org/globalwarming

National Wildlife Federation. (2013). Global Warming and Polar Bears. Retrieved from:http://www.nwf.org/Wildlife/Threats-to-Wildlife/Global-Warming/Effects-on-Wildlife-and-Habitat/Polar-Bears.aspx

Wikipedia. (2013). Ocean acidification. Retrieved from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_acidification


Unit 2: How Have the Lives of Women Changed?

When you look through a timeline of the lives of women over the past 200 years, you can see the oppression and inequality we have faced. Not being allowed to do the simplest things like going for a walk or even being able to vote still exist in this modern world. I can certainly say that the lives of women are better. But how can we say we live in an equal world if on so many places on the planet girls and women are denied things that girls and women in Canada take for granted.

In the early 19th century female colonists were living under many different rules and regulations. There were many things that they weren’t allowed to do. Such as owning land or divorcing their husbands, 2 things most women around the world are allowed to do today. A similarity between then and now is that usually the women do the housework and take care of the children and a sad thing that is still the same is less pay for the same amount of work (Cranny, Jarvis, Moles & Seney, 2009).

Now in the western world people would say that women have it pretty equal with men except for some traditions that favour one gender or the other. Sadly, in some places in the world women are denied their freedom because they are women. In some extreme cases female babies are killed (Three Deadliest Words in the World: It’s a Girl, 2012). We need to hope that in the next few years we can help change that. For more information about women’s rights and education visit :http://becauseiamagirl.ca

Cranny,M., Jarvis,G., Moles,G., & Seney,B. Horizons: Canada’s emerging identity (2009).

Mattes,B.(2012) Three Deadliest Words in the World: It’s a Girl. Retrieved from:http://www.lifenews.com/2012/09/07/three-deadliest-words-in-the-world-its-a-girl/