Eminent Introductory Blog Post

“I see but say nothing”

My Eminent Person for 2018 is Queen Elizabeth I of England. Queen Elizabeth was a revolutionary female ruler in a misogynistic English society. Elizabeth created a new political system and steadied the chaotic rulership that was previously apparent in the English monarchy. Similarly, to Elizabeth I have a passion for learning from conflict. She expresses that “the past cannot be cured” therefore we should learn from our mistakes and move on with our lives. Unlike many female rulers, Queen Elizabeth held her power on her own without a male suitor. At a young age, she began courting kings and rulers from other lands to befit her kingdom, always keeping them enthralled by her every whim. Elizabeth ruled with logic and honesty, she appealed to society because she was different and the same. By being a female ruler, she was entitled to a stereotypical weakness in her reputation that many of the gentry sought to exploit. However, this weakness of femininity turned out to be exactly what England needed. England was still weak from the conflicts of Henry IV’s gallivanting escapades and numerous wives. Moreover, the five years after Henry IV’s death was constantly chaotic due to multiple rulers who put their own agenda before their people. Although Elizabeth was Protestant and reinstated a protestant church she still inspired a sense of stability that was sought after during this time. Facing the challenge of a divided nation with a clear head is just one of the reasons she is a worthy eminent choice. By being level headed she won her country over, and England enjoyed a peaceful stable atmosphere duringelizabeth-i her reign. I admire Elizabeth as a steady character under extenuatingly stressful circumstances. I hope t emulate her level head in my future. Queen Elizabeth I will be remembered for centuries to come as an entrepreneur of English political advances in the 15th century. She was an advancement in her field of monarchist rulership as a listen quiet hand guiding her nation. Queen Elizabeth I was a revolutionary of morals at the time, as well as stating that “I am Elizabeth Tudor and I will bow to no man” as a solitary figure in women’s rights during her era. Although there is no doubt that she is eminent there are still barriers to me completing my Eminent project. Queen Elizabeth lived over 500 years ago, and there is limited information from sources regarding factual untampered written works. To address these barriers during my speech I will ensure to integrate her voice from her own written works into my expression of her character. One way that I am like my notable is that both she and I have a strength of mediating groups and working within a structured society. Much like Elizabeth I I enjoy creating a positive atmosphere during group projects and work to maintain a steady head when completing projects.

The Danger of a Single Story -Blog Post

How might we begin to “reject the single stor[ies]” in our lives?

In our lives we all are all made aware of the danger of a single story, our teachers tell us to research, and our parents tell us we don’t understand the world; however, our brain still connects our limited experiences to single definitions of our surroundings. Taking steps to reject the single stories in our lives will allow us to more thoroughly understand the world around us. The TED Talk the danger of a single story offers prime examples from the author’s life of single stories. When she speaks of a story of the houseboy we can see that “their poverty was the only story I had of them” as she could not imagine Filly’s family being anything but poor. Some ways we could potentially revoke this single story would be to find out more information about Filly and his family. By understanding Filly’s situation in more depth, we can avoid creating their stereotype of being poor. “The single story creates stereotypes” which make our views of the world generic and uninformed, if we want to perceive the world through truth then we must educate ourselves on our world. By informing ourselves on issues and people using multiple perspectives, gives us the tools to avoid the single-story stereotype. As “the problem with these stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete” by completing the perspectives of our lives we make these stories complete. Another way to avoid the danger of a single story is to consciously try to stop yourself from making assumptions when you are unsure of having all the information. Using these two strategies we can work towards obliterating single stories in our life.

Independent Novel Study Scene 1

The scene that I am have chosen from The Life of Pi is Chapter 8 when the narrator discusses animal cruelty and witnesses the dark side of his zoo friends. Right away Pi impresses me with his unique view of the world, “we commonly say in the trade that the most dangerous animal in the zoo is man”, starting off with such a powerful quote we can immediately see that Pi has a very specific outlook on interactions between creatures (41). He believes strongly that “cruelty is more active than direct” and that people often do not realize their impact on creatures. Holding such an opinion is admirable, as the public undoubtedly does not share the same stance. These quotes reveal that Pi is dedicated to his own image of the world and relies on personal experience to shape his beliefs. When his father demonstrates the fury of wild animals in front of his eyes, Pi fears the very animals that he has grown up with, even as his want is to innocently ignore this side of the creatures as his “knees started quaking” at the sight (47). I feel that Pi is being reasonable in his reaction, if I had grown up in a zoo I would have done no differently. This whole section is about the internal conflicts of Pi realizing the world has a darker side. Personally, I feel that every child realizes that the world is not light and fluffy, for me it happened slower about grade 5 when I began to deal with my own problems. I think that the character development during this section is a work of art as it is slow enough to be believable but fast enough to capture the audience. Pi is not necessarily someone to emulate as he is still a kid figuring the world out, but his interesting way of viewing the world is interesting none the less.

Emil Thematic Paragraph

Why do we help others? This is a question we all ask ourselves, why help people when theoretically our innate desire should be to help ourselves. Evolution would have weeded out those who showed compassion, unless there is a benefit unknown to us without further analysis. Stuart McLean attempts to answer this question through his story Emil. Throughout this story Morley learns that kindness to others is often reciprocated in unexpected ways. This is evident when Morley’s kindness to Emil is reciprocated through him giving “Morley five hundred dollars” (119). All Morley’s good deeds towards Emil pay off when he chooses to gift her 500$ of his lottery money. In turn Morley decides to “give it back to him, bit by bit” as a thank you (119). Morley started this trend by first, simply by asking “What is his name?” (110). By simply taking an interest in a stranger’s life Morley shows unconditional compassion, it doesn’t matter that “he showed up one morning in front of her husband’s record store wearing a pair of ripped pants and slippers,” she doesn’t care about his appearance (109). It doesn’t matter to her what he does or how annoying her husband found him; Morley was going to make up her own mind about Emil. Moreover, once Morley had made up her mind she was not afraid to publicly defend what in her household was an unpopular opinion. “He’s driving away business” Dave is constantly saying (109). “Call the police” “take the plants back” her children exclaim after Emil takes her plants (117). However Morley decides simply askes “Will you show me your garden tomorrow” even after catching him in the act of stealing (116). By giving him the benefit of the doubt, she has taken a leap of sympathy ignorant to any of the others in her family. By forgiving Emil of taking her plants she shows him a kindness that would unknowingly later be reciprocated in the form of money. However, the opposite happens to Dave, since he has in the past not shown kindness to Emil he does not get gifted any prize money. Why Dave doesn’t receive the prize money is most likely because of this lack of respect and kindness. When Dave asks, “I hear you’re the big winner. When do I get my share” it is evident that he does not respect Emil (119). This lack of respect is especially evident since Dave does not think Emil can tell whether people are his friends or not, “he was sure Emil would offer him money” “after all, he had known him as long as anyone else” (119). Due to Dave’s lack of kindness he never received any money. Due to these extenuating examples, we can see that kindness is frequently reciprocated when exhibited in a selfless manner. Overall, Morley learned to be kind to others and you will be repaid.

Independent Novel Study- last year example

Independent Novel Study


Magyk is the first book of a seven-book series about a boy named Septimius Heap.  When Septimus was born he was pronounced dead to his parents and ushered from the room by a mysterious midwife. That same night Silas Heap, his father, had been out in the woods and had stumbled across a baby girl abandoned in the snow by the new Extraordinary Wizard. This book is 563 pages long and is a fantasy fiction Novel.


Scene 1

Boy 412 impresses me when he decides to betray the wizards, even though they save his life and take him away from the abusive young army. He truly believes that, “The Young army was full of tests. Terrifying Surprise Tests always sprung on you in the middle of the night, just as you had fallen asleep […] This must be one of those Do-or-Die Tests” (79). This shows a great strength in faith and loyalty, however a weakness in making decisions for himself. He doesn’t necessarily want to betray them, but he truly believes that he has too. This shows Boy 412`s will to live above all else, since he doesn’t consider that they saved his life. In addition, it represents his fear of death. An internal conflict portrayed is his unease of the situation, and the fight of to trust the wizards or not. An example would be, “Boy 412 gritted his teeth; he wasn’t sure, but right now it felt horribly like this was the Die part of the test. Whatever it was, there wasn’t much he could Do” (79). I can connect to Boy 412 in this scene, since once my mom asked another parent to pick me and my siblings up from school. I was uneasy all the way home since I wasn’t sure what was going on. I feel that in Boy 412`s place I would do the same thing and not trust the Wizards, since it would be a very scary, and uneasy situation, and I would probably just do what I knew from prior experience. I wouldn’t say that Boy 412 is a role model since he is so hesitant to trust people, but I wouldn’t say that he is a bad person, he just hasn’t been raised in a way that it is easy for him to trust people.


Scene 2

Boy 412 impresses me when he saves Jenna and Nicko from the Hunter, since it shows how resourceful he is. “He wasn`t sure what to say. No one had ever given him a present before”. This quote is evidence of how he cares about people but does not know how to express himself. This representation shows strength in going outside his comfort zone, and being open to the people and customs surrounding him. Over only a few days he managed to switch his entire mindset towards wizards. This relates to Boy 412’s fear of wizards that he is constantly trying to overcome. An external conflict portrayed throughout this scene is the conflict between Boy 412 and the Hunter during the ambush. “In Boy 412’s mind they had now progressed from Watch and Wait to Ambush”.  I can relate to this character in this section of the book through one of my previous experiences of when we installed a home phone. I remember going through different stages of fear, anxiety, and at last acceptance with the new gadget. I believe that in the same situation it would have taken me a lot longer to get used to all the new people, and objects now surrounding this character, since I am not a very outgoing person when it comes to breaking habit. In this scene, I feel that Boy 412 was a prime example of a generic role model as the hero of the scene. However, he is not very sure of himself and most of his decisions were made on pure luck. Such as, when he decided to come back to the cottage even though it was not the safe thing to do. Considering this although he was the hero, I don’t think that he is a role model.


Scene 3

An impressing attribute of Boy 412 demonstrated in this scene is his willingness to keep an open mind about everything and everyone. He demonstrates this when he chooses to become Marcia`s apprentice, even after all his suffering the wizarding world had put him through. Moreover, a strength outlined by this scene is his curiosity and openness to learning. Such as the fact that he was so curious about the dragon ring he found, he was willing to hand it over to Marcia to find out what it was. However, this is also the centre of his weakness of constantly doubting himself. An example of this from the book is, “Boy 412 sighed. He had loved the ring, and just being close to it had made him feel happy, but he wasn’t surprised to hear it belonged to someone else. It was to beautiful for him”. This passage also shows us his greatest want of becoming a wizard, as well as his fear of not being good enough. “[…] Boy 412, bemused. Why was she asking him”? In addition, this scene outlines Boy 412`s internal conflict, this conflict is his decision to become Marcia`s apprentice. He wants to be the apprentice but his fear of not being good enough holds him back. A connection to Boy 412 that I can make is being scared of not being good enough. In 2015 I was asked to join the BC national synchronized swimming team, I was so scared that my friends and family had to convince me to take the opportunity. In the same situation as Boy 412 I would probably not take the apprenticeship. This is because I always make the safe decision and becoming the apprentice is not necessarily a very safe position. However, I admire Boy 412 in this scene for taking a risk and utilising all the opportunities open to him. In this scene Boy 412 is a role model for taking risks and making the most out of what you are given.



Character appraisal

Boy 412`s growth throughout the book both through his personality, and through learning was amazing. Boy 412 changed his entire attitude towards wizards and learned about how the young army manipulated and used him. Throughout the story his personality changed so that by the end of the book he was more open, and fought for his own values and beliefs. He no longer believed everything people told him. “Then he looked at the people around him and how different his life had become since he had met them. He felt so happy there was really nothing else he wanted.” This passage shows his epiphany, that he finally had a family and somewhere he belonged.



There are many very potent themes communicated throughout Magyk. One of the larges themes is the importance of family. The author is trying to communicate how the people around us are our greatest weaknesses, as well as our greatest assets. This is shown when he makes the villain use relationships against the heroes of the story. Such as when Jenna is held at knifepoint as a bargaining tool. However, the author also communicates how having people around you to help you through dark times is important. He does this by making all the good people in the story team up against the villain. The author is trying to communicate the way people around us impact our lives in both a positive and negative way.



I would recommend Magyk to anyone who enjoys fantasy fiction novels. However, one faulty section of the book is the way they don’t have enough detail surrounding most of the characters in the story. It would be easier to connect to if the characters were written in more depth. Nevertheless, I immensely enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it to all fantasy book lovers.




I would give my book a four out of five-star rating since it was well written and I enjoyed the storyline. However, I feel that the character detail could have been a lot deeper, so that the audience could more easily connect to the characters.



Theory Wars Blog Post

The most beneficial lens when viewing Star Wars by George Lucas is Social Power. This lens encompasses the violent power struggle between the different political groups within the movie. Through a large struggle between social classes (Imperials and Rebels) we can observe the specific differences in class. One such example is the clothing of the two groups. The Imperials wear shiny, and clean uniforms as a symbol of their power and wealth. The Rebels wear dirty ragtag clothing with little uniformity; through only the appearance of their clothing we can automatically tell the social class difference. Another example of an instance that demonstrates the social class difference is when the Death Star destroys Alderon. By destroying the planet, the Imperials demonstrate their unchecked social and political power; simply by clicking a button the Imperials were able to eradicate a planet full of rebel sympathizers. Using this evidence, we can conclude that Star Wars is a depiction of a social class power struggle. Moreover, by using the social Power lens we create a deeper understanding and perspective on economic factors in external conflicts, and a more comprehensive understanding of the political views represented. Throughout the movie we come across many instances when the economic power of a group determines the fate of a scene. Such as how Hans Solo is only convinced to help Leah when a reward of great value is promised; we have already learned that Solo is incredibly cautious about the, so why would he not want to help Leah. The economical reason is quite simple, merely the fact that his economic stability is not sound enough for him to put emphasis on any other aspect of his life. This is shown even more in the beginning when Solo talks to Jaba the Hut about his debt, so we then can infer that Solo has been taught to worry about money before all else. In Solo’s example you can clearly see the inconsistency of wealth. The same trend can be seen within most of the working class, and civilians such as Luke’s aunt and uncle. However, the economic situation for the Rebels and the Empire is much different. The Empire is shown to have practically infinite funds. This is shown through the technology we see them use throughout the movie. Such as the Death Star, Star Destroyers, and their pod fighters. In contrast, the Rebels technology is dusty, old, and altogether less futuristic looking. In this way we can infer a large disparity in economic stability between the Imperials and the Alliance. Lastly, the Social Power lens also brings political perspectives into a new light. The Rebel alliance is quite obviously a closer Left-wing perspective. This is exemplified by the social hierarchy of the Alliance; the Alliance shows they promote based on skill not class by most of the officials wearing the same clothing as the soldiers. The rebels believe in managing with the people and inspiring individuality. Unlike the Rebels the Imperials believe in a more Right-wing approach to management. They promote based on social class and leaders are segregated from the workforce. In this way we can create a better understanding of political perspectives in our own world as well. Overall, when reviewing the Social Power lens of Star Wars we can understand the social class, economic, and political perspectives found within the movie in a new light.

Canadian Confederation Federalism Speech

Below is a link to my joint script with Tilly (Olesya) as Johnson (me). We represent the federalism opinion in New Brunswick and our reasons and conditions for confederation in reference to our governmental systems.


TED Talk

Below is my link to my TED Talk. My TED Talk is about how Agricultural fertilizers affect oceanic coastal ecosystems. I used many of my own pictures to create this project and did a lot of research into how it effects BC’s coasts. I hope you enjoy!


DOL War of 1812

How was the treaty of Ghent negotiated by all the parties involved?


Historical Significance:

My Inquiry question is “How was the treaty of Ghent negotiated by the different parties involved.?”. This is an extremely important question to ask since it was the formal end of the war of 1812. The treaty brought about many changes to society and is an excellent example of how issues were solved during this time. The treaty of Ghent brings the issues that caused the war into a new light, where delegates from all sides were trying to problem solve and avoid conflict. Britain and American representatives worked together throughout most of the war negotiating throughout all the battles and conflicts and managed to come to a resolution in December 1814. However, the treaty did not come into effect until February 1815 since the US Senate had to review the conditions. The war of 1812 was initially started due to tense conflicts among world powers concerning Napoleon and the government of France. American ships were being hijacked by the British to stop trade to France, and the Americans decide to declare war. In the end, both sides paid dearly for the conflict, and no one gained any land or power. The war is the main cause of the peace between Canada and the US that would last for centuries. Overall, the treaty of Ghent had a huge impact on the relationships and dynamics between many world powers.

Cause and Consequence:

The treaty of Ghent is extremely significant to our understanding of Canadian history. The treaty advanced Canada in several ways. Firstly, the Treaty of Ghent played a huge role in unifying the governments of the colonies and their relationship with Britain. This is because on numerous occasions they were forced to work together to decide upon the terms of the cease-fire. Delegates involved in the negotiation were updated on political events by both Canadian leaders and British leaders. This unification is arguably why the Americans did not win. Since the Canadians were undoubtedly loyal to Britain. Moreover, the treaty allowed for centuries of peaceful borders to be put into place. The great lakes were split, and the borders decided upon by both parties, and finalized in the treaty. This was a tough reminder to Americans that there were political reasons that they could not expand northward. This treaty also put to rest Britain’s idea of putting a buffer Native American state between Canada and the US. During negotiations this idea was lost and was never brought up again. In this way the treaty of Ghent is a major injustice to Native people’s since they were denied representation during negotiations of the treaty. In the beginning both the US and Britain tried to negotiate for their allies but ultimately gave up. The consequence of this is that Native People’s never received proper compensation in the form of land, which is very relevant to the reconciliation acts of today. Although the treaty of Ghent was signed in 1814 it still holds a lot of relevance to today’s world. The treaty brought about many changes and consequences to America, Canada, and Britain.

Historical Perspective:

There are many perspectives that are relevant to the treaty of Ghent. Americans, Canadians, and the British were all a part of this treaty, and they all have different subgroups that hold different opinions on the treaty of Ghent. Americans had an ever-changing view on peace with Britain. On one side revolutionaries who still felt oppressed by Britain really wanted to go to war. However, less proactive citizens saw the war as unnecessary, and inconvenient.  Trade to Europe was halted, and many families lived in fear of a conscription act that was making its way through Congress. Thankfully the act was too late, and the treaty solved the conflict before it was enacted. Overall, Americans were very happy that the war ended, and felt that the conflict was necessary but inconvenient. Canadians had a very different opinion. The war that was originally started by Britain was now completely their responsibility, and problem. Although Canadians proved time and time again that they were loyal to the crown, the war still had a very negative outlook. Canadians were forced to defend their land with little help or praise from Britain. When the war ended many Canadians French and English alike were extremely relieved. Moreover, throughout the conflict Britain remained very dormant. Although some naval expeditions were sent, Britain mainly used the war as a political poker chip. Using the war to attempt to achieve a First nations buffer state and flaunting their dominance over Canada to the Americans. Although Britain did not achieve their buffer state they still achieved undoubted loyalty from Canadians. Britain had an extremely positive outlook on both the war and the treaty. This is because if you don’t count Canadian losses Britain itself did not suffer that much throughout the war. In this way they were uninvested enough to stretch out negotiations and wait for a treaty they believed in. There are multiple perspectives in the treaty of Ghent.

Social Studies Inquiry Process:

Throughout the inquiry process, I came to many conclusions. One such conclusion is that First Peoples were not respected as much as they are today. I drew this conclusion since although both the US and Britain attempted to support their allies, they ultimately gave up and first peoples were cut out of the treaty. Moreover, although the war itself was somewhat counterproductive and unbeneficial, the treaty of Ghent greatly influenced the perception of all the parties involved. Britain strengthened its bond with Canadian colonies, and Americans were taught to never question Canadian loyalty. Moreover, relationships between upper and lower Canada were strengthened greatly by the treaty. Throughout the war, these two governments worked closely together, and the treaty which ensured safety from the Americans gave them time to work through their disagreements. After the treaty of Ghent relationships on all sides of the conflict were strengthened greatly. Overall, my inquiry into the treaty of Ghent led me to many conclusions.

Science Ecological Footprint Blog Post

My Ecological Footprint:

Section Total
Water Use 140
Clothing 115
Stuff 405
Shelter 100
Transportation 350
Fun 140
Food 235
Total 14.85 hectares


Other people’s Ecological Footprint:

Name Total
Dylan 9.7
Valerie 14.75
Jayden 11.6
Kimi 12.45


Comparatively to other people I feel that my ecological footprint is quite high. This is because I took responsibility for my family’s action concerning their ecological footprint. I feel that I need to make some lifestyle changes to reduce my footprint to a more reasonable number. As the individual of one of the highest ecological footprints in my class I need to reduce my number by a lot to reach a reasonable amount of impact.

My Most Impactful Actions:

There are many actions which I take in my day to day life that dramatically increase my ecological footprint. One of the most impactful actions is my use of non-environmentally friendly pesticides. I personally do not use a lot of pesticides, but my sister has recently taken up gardening and she is too young to think about environmental repercussions. Another Impactful action I take in my day to day life is driving with only my family in the car. My siblings have a lot of programs and often we are driving only them to their events, since we live far away from their teammates. Moreover, I normally spend more than an hour in a vehicle per day since I bus to and from school and the bus ride is 35min each way. The action of me buying new clothes also has environmental consequences. Since I am the oldest in the family I buy new clothes very often, these clothes do however get passed onto my siblings, but I am still the one buying the new clothes. In relation to this I only wear about ½ of the clothes that I have so I really should not own as many clothes. In addition, I have too much room in my house for just my family to live in, this is one the largest actions I take concerning my ecological footprint, and I should consider talking to my parents about renting out the basement. Another action I take that increases my footprint is my family using two cars. We don’t necessarily have a use for two cars it is just more convenient. Similarly, my family uses tow medium sized cars instead of two small cars. On the topic of transportation, I personally carpool with Olesya to and from synchro which adds to my ecological footprint. Lastly, I normally spend more than an hour a day on my computer doing homework, since most of my homework requires a computer I am often using my computer for work. Overall, many actions attribute to my ecological footprint.

How I will change:

I will change my footprint to become smaller by reducing several of my actions. Firstly, I will educate my family on the environmental aspects of using pesticides and stop using pesticides. Likewise, I will start making due with the clothes I have and stop buying new clothes. Moreover, I will wear more of my clothes and donate the clothes I don’t wear. I will encourage my family to take public transit and carpool more often event though we live in an unfortunate location. I will do this by printing the bus schedule and putting it by the door so there is a visual reminder of how easy it is to take transit. Lastly, I will attempt to compress the time I spend on my computer to a minimal amount reserved for school work, and spend my time instead interacting with my family. I am going to make several changes in my life to reduce my ecological footprint.


Easy Changes:

The easy changes that I made included encouraging my family to take transit, and not using pesticides. These changes were easy since there was an easy way to communicate each of them. Posting the bus schedule worked wonderfully and both my siblings are now taking the bus to and from school more often. Not using pesticides was also an easy change since all I had to do was tell my sister to stop using fertilizers and pesticides since she didn’t really know how to garden in the first place and was happy for some advice. Changing my pesticide use and public transit usage was easy.

Hard Changes:

Some harder changes to make to reduce my ecological footprint was donating the clothes I don’t use. This is because my sister is a very ‘thing’ orientated person and had a breakdown when I attempted to clean out my closet. This change has now been set back a bit until I can sneak the bag of clothes out of my house without her noticing. This made me realize how cluttered most people’s lives are, including my own, and how much stuff we really don’t need. Most of our belonging hold only sentimental value and are not a necessity in our lives. The change of reducing my clothing was hard to execute.


There are many obstacles I faced while reducing my ecological footprint. Some obstacles I faced while making the above changes was the mental attachment that I sometimes have towards objects in my life. However, this mostly applied to my sister when I tried to clean out my closet. Another obstacle I encountered is trying to decide what to sacrifice in my life. When you look at all the luxuries in today’s world it is incredibly hard to decide which ones to give up, especially when some of them at my age are out of your hands. How I get to places and how my family transports each other is not up to me, and although I can make suggestions I am still a child subject to my parent’s opinions. Overall, there are many challenges I faced when trying to reduce my ecological footprint.

Steps for the future:

There are many steps for the future that I can take to further deplete my footprint. Firstly, I can suggest to my parents that we fix up the basement and rent it out to reduce the physical space we take up. Also, I can suggest that my dad take the bus more often since he only uses his car to drive from my house to Coquitlam central. This would reduce my footprint since then my family would only need one car. Lastly, I can make sure that in the future I only buy clothes I need and that I will wear. This will save the planet and save me time since I won’t have to clean out my closet. These are just some of the steps I will take to further reduce my footprint in the future.