Thursday, December 15, 2005

Human Rights

Pick an issue or find one on a Human Rights Organization website (e.g. Amnesty International). In a comment (here), describe the issue and possible solutions and reference the site you used to gather facts.

Sunday, December 4, 2005

What are you issues?

Having taken a look at the upcoming election, what issues are important to you? What do you want your leaders to do for (to?) Canada? Is there an issue you feel passionate about? Why/explain?

Tuesday, November 29, 2005


Canada is having a federal election on Jan 23/06. Using Google news search, the internet, or online news sources (e.g. CBC website), find out some information about the upcoming election for a one-page election review. Why has it been "called" (announced)? What are the issues? Who are the main parties parities running in the election? Who are the party leaders? What "riding" (election region) do you live in? Which candidates can voters choose from in your region? What are the basic "platforms" (election promises) of the main parties? What results do you expect?

Bonus: leave a comment here with your prediciton of the election results (breakdown of seats or ridings won by each party). You can receive more bonus particiaption marks by responding to other questions (below) on this blog.

Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Maus feedback

In a comment, try to answer one or more of these questions:
1. Is the cartoon a legitimate way to convey the history of the Holoaust?
2. Is Maus a book about art or literature?
3. Is there anything wrong with portraying Jews as mice, Germans as cats, Poles as pigs and Americans as dogs? What do these animal images usually signify?
4. Do the drawings reflect some research about the camps and the process of the Holoaust?

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Global Warming

As we study landforms, climate, and ecology, consider for a moment the environmental issues which face Canada. Try to answer one or both of these questions in a comment:
1. Why is Global Warming such a big problem? How is it caused?
2. What do you think is the biggest environmental threat facing Canada? Describe the problem.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Becoming a Country

When the BNA colonies met in the 1860s to discuss Confederation, they tried to design a nation that would solve various problems and create opportunities for the future -- does this sound like a revolution to you? Canada's creation was a dry and logical process, missing the excitement and passion that other countries had at their birth (like the United States). Agree or disagree?

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Fashion in the 20s websearch

The roaring twenties saw the end of frilly, conservative Victorian fashion. Simple, practical dress was in -- clean lines and more "joy" to go with the jazz, illegal alcohol, and the good times (before the Stock Market crashed!).

Find one or two pictures which demonstrate fashion or life in the 1920s (preferably Canada). Save them to the desktop, rename them so the title makes sense, and drag the picture to the Classwork folder, then Thielmann, then Hand-in. Let the teacher know when you are done!

Also, what do you think of the 20s fashion? What do you think influenced it's design?

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Canada / WWI

Some Canadians felt they should not have to go to war to interfere with European politics? What do you think of mandatory conscription during war time?

Responsible government

For about 100 years up to the 1840s, Canada was ruled by British governors and their friends... the government was not elected. Why should we be able to elect governments? Why is democracy important?

Monday, May 9, 2005

Welcome to Geography!

I've set this up in case any prospective Geography 12 students have questions about the course (you can also check out the course page). Maybe you have an idea for a class-related field trip? If you're new to blogging, just click on "comments" to leave one.