ON Sir JAM’s Public Affairs

Canada’s first prime minister Sir John A. Macdonald once remarked, “let us be English or let us be French . . . and above all let us be Canadians,” leading the two opposing cultures to unite as Canada.  John A. Macdonald’s efforts in bonding the North and giving birth to the Confederation has long granted him a place as one of the greatest prime ministers in Canada, but recent reformations and value changes sheds light on his not-so-great acts. Many critics urged for the removal of his figure and likeness from the public sphere, but due to his lasting positive influence and the remembrance of our past through statues, I firmly believe that John A. Macdonald’s name should remain in the public sphere.

Throughout the history of mankind, many notable people have come and past, their best ideas and contributions engraved in our brains and our society, and Macdonald is one of those visionaries and missionaries. There can be no denial of his part in founding Canada, from solidifying the notion of two official languages, to building and expanding the confederations, Macdonald is someone who deserves to go remembered. Macdonald believed that “[Canada is] a great country and shall become one of the greatest in the universe if we preserve it; [but] we shall sink into insignificance and adversity if we suffer it to be broken,” and held on to his beliefs with the National Policy to insist on a independent and free Canada, even while many are leaving for the US. It is safe to say that without him, Canada would not be the Canada today. The good that he did are irreplaceable by any other person from his era, but his mistakes are common in almost every other political opponent. Macdonald deserves to be remembered by not just those who can afford to learn history in the private sphere, but everyone who have the right to walk the streets. Removing his name and figure not only removes his contributions, but also an opportunity to connect with the past.

 

 

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/economic-canadian-american-relations/

Document of Learning 1: Postnationalism

“There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada. Those qualities are what make us the first postnational state.”

-Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (2015)

  1. Choose an event from Canada’s past or present (social, political, environmental, or economic) and describe/illustrate (show cause and effect) how this event influenced / influences all four of the quadrants. Provide images / primary source evidence where possible.
  2. Does your event represent a step towards creating and maintaining a coherent Canadian identity, or does it move Canada more clearly in the direction of Trudeau’s discussion of a “postnational” state?
  3. In your opinion, is there any value in trying to define a specific Canadian identity, or should we abandon this idea towards a more open and global idea of nationhood? Why?

 

One of the key events that has shaped Canadian identity and affects all aspects of our lives is the right to universal health care. Tommy Douglas (NDP) first proposed it as premier of Saskatchewan in 1947, urging for free basic hospital care. All of the provinces and territories soon followed, helping Canadians across the country live without fear of health issues regardless of their wealth. The medical program soon expanded and improved to include more treatments covered, leading to the Hospital Insurance and Diagnostic Services Act in 1957 and the Medical Care Act in 1966. This is a political event, but its far-reaching consequences are definitely affecting all four quadrants. This decision definitely affected the social aspect of Canadians, helping equalize people to make sure they have the same access to important social services. It is also an important step forward in making Canada the accepting, unbiased nation that it is now. It is a statement made by the government that symbolizes their determination to support all their citizens and provide them with the same fundamental rights regardless of poverty or social standing. On the economical side, the government’s decision to “reimburse, or cost share,

one-half of provincial and territorial costs for specified hospital and diagnostic services” will have an impact on the other expenses of the country. The free medical services are, after all, not cheap, knowing that the average household pays $11,320 per year in tax money. The money spent on providing care may be withdrawn from important funds, like ones set up for the environment. The Conservative party is not known for renewable energy and the like, so the health care funds may reduce environmental funding not supported by the government. Also, the fact that people won’t have to pay for healthcare will mean that a lot more people will use the system, increasing strain on the system and usage of medical supplies, creating more waste that may harm the environment.

This act has moved Canada closer as a nation by emphasizing to the world the values that Canadians are proud of. Even today, free universal health care is not the case in many countries in the world, and the fact that Canada is part of this group says something about our stand regarding human rights. From the women’s rights movements in 1929 to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982, Canada has shown itself to be a nation that embraces change to accept all races, genders or social classes. Canada’s decision to spend valuable funds on the universal health care system to provide access to a healthy life for everyone states its priorities to the world. At that time, not many countries would use big sums of money to help the poor, but we did, and that action at the time made millions of Canadians proud. It is actions like this, ones which distinguish Canada from the rest, that shapes Canadian identity, and I believe that everyone, whether then or now, would see us Canadians as open and tolerant people.

I firmly believe that we, as Canadians, should have a collective identity that overarches on the sea of different values and beliefs. It is only through this sense of being “Canadian” that we could be united as a nation and a country. Canadians in this country may have distinct values and beliefs, but just like how Americans are united by the idea of “freedom and ideas”, we should be people drawn together by something as well. This something, I think, is the strive for equality. As a nation, the Canadian identity is gender equality (LGBTQ + as well), immigration and refugee help, First Nations support, and multiculturalism. Regardless of whether the government is doing well to actualize those things, they are the things that Canadians care about and believe in. This is what makes Canada the nations that it is, huge ideas that support and protect the multitude of small, individual ideas, knowing that our differences can’t break us, but only unite us.

EMNent Speech Outline

Preposition: this is a speech given by graham in his late years

Hook: ? (something investment related) [try using a story/or question]

Body (rising action): explanation of value investing

  • Value investing vs. speculating (explain speculating)
  • What is value investing about? (1-2 POINTS)

These (climax): You need to invest in qualities of your life that is deemed valuable by analysis, because life is full of sheep like participants who follow the flock to do what all others do and believe in what others believe

  • Whatever you do, do it with a purpose and commit to it once you choose it

Conclusion: best of luck to you and every thing that you choose to invest in. I look forward to your name on life’s superinvestor’s list.

Socials Final!

Socials is over, and how fast time flies by when you are having fun… To give you more of a visual, I have included notes in my PowerPoint that I presented in class on Wednesday. So when you click on the link, just click on notes on the bottom right hand corner and you will see an explanation of each slide, which is also kind of my script for the presentation, altered a bit.

Some helpful links you may find helpful in additional:

My Midterm blog post

Socials 9 learning outcomes

pdf of powerpoint without notes

if the PowerPoint link don’t work, click this pdf notes-and-ppt

 

A Perfect Fortress

The day I was born was the day a tear first fell from her eyes. As it crafted a stream on her face, I started crafting a wall around her to protect her. My only duty was to guard her from everything and the only way to do that was to be untouchable perfection, but her sadness was a weakness, a blemish on her complexion that I needed to cover.

And I have for fifteen years now.

For the past fifteen years, I have cast upon the barrier around her a projection of perfection made up of flawless smiles, flawless work and a flawless personality. For the past fifteen years, I have kept up this illusion that hid how she was really cracked like a porcelain doll, For the past fifteen years, I have been perfect, never letting anyone past the barricade.

There was something off about today, though, and I could feel in my gut like someone had grabbed my organs and was twisting them. I frantically searched until I finally found what made today feel so off: the person breaching my best defenses and climbing up the grey stone wall I had spent so long building as if it was nothing.

Panic washed over me. It entered my every pore and left me frozen like a piece of marble. I wanted nothing more than to rush over and expel the intruder from her mind, but an invisible puppeteer was holding me back, preventing me from fulfilling my duties.

Soon the figure had disappeared beyond the expansive grey wall and I felt the feeling return to my limbs, slowly at first and then all at once. I knew that I couldn’t waste any more time. As I readied myself to storm in and save her from the stranger, something stopped me. The sound of her laughter trickled out from over the fence, like music. It was mesmerizing to listen to and the sound washed over me, lulling me until I felt like I was floating on clouds.

Maybe this isn’t so horrible for her. I thought, feeling a smile make its way onto my lips for the first time in fifteen years. Maybe I’ve had it wrong this entire time. Maybe she doesn’t need my protection anymore.

But I was wrong.

They left without a trace the following day. Left the castle of her mind. Left her curled in a ball on the floor. Left her shattered in a million pieces. The devastation I felt when I found her was soul-crushing. When I saw the river on her face start flowing again, saw her hollow and lifeless body alone between the four walls of the fortress she now lived in, and saw how she looked like a glass that had been dropped on the floor, I knew that I had failed my only job as her protector. Immediately, I started to add more stone to the wall, making it taller than ever before. As I made the defenses around her even stronger, making it even harder for anyone to penetrate, I was only thinking of one thing.

I can never let this happen again.

Shadow by Tony

The Sun was going down in front of me, the shadow behind me dragging me, telling me that I’m nothing but a withered old leaf that waves in the wind, in a remote corner of the picture. It tells me that my time is up.

All are born with a task, an impossible task. I was, too. Many stumbled and failed, broken apart. Most lived on, not knowing the underlying purpose of their actions, or the cause for their stress. But some discovered it, and they are those that got the most out of their lives.

From the day I was born as a purplish, minute baby, the shadow had always accompanied me. As a small, fearful kid, looking back, I could see the everlasting and reddish-yellow glow of the morning Sun, rotating around the earth like the hour hand the in a clock, blazing with light and energy and emitting a warm but dry beam on me. It made me think of the so called “compliment” of parents, “You’re-smart…so-you-have-to-get-A.“ Turning my head back to the front, a long, slim shadow have appeared in front of me. I may not have realized it yet, but I know that I have a long way to go.

I am a youth now, and the shadow is still there, urging me to become the better, silhouetted version of me. Yet I know that every time I struggled forward, the shadow would move forward with me. Every time that I improved, thinking I could match my counterpart, it just moved with me. I spend hours thinking about who I am, worrying about who I have to become and wishing my shadow would just go away. All the same, I still have live on, swallowing my fears and stress, hiding it in the deepest bottom of my heart.

The Sun is going down in front of me, the shadow behind me dragging me, telling me that I’m nothing but a withered, old leaf that waves in the raging wind like a boat shivering in a storm. Swoosh, swoosh, ready to return to the earth like how I was born out of earth. You might call me an old but still comfortable article of clothing that doesn’t fit the fashion anymore, that isn’t “cool”, that from the outside, looks broken and wrinkled. People look at me and tell me I can’t, so while I can, I can’t.

No one will ever know you like you do, they don’t know your capabilities or your strengths. Don’t be constricted by the shadow, for you are you, and they are them. Sometimes, your shadow is as far away as the Andromeda Galaxy. The shadow pushed us to success through our deep thirst for interpersonal relationships. We want to make others like us, trust us, believe us. Sadly, then they will expect better, bigger, smarter. Master the power of the shadow, but never be overwhelmed by it.

I am someone who doesn’t like compliments.