Monday, 9 October 2017

Memo #3

Every Thanksgiving we are told to be “thankful” but, what does that really mean? To be thankful is the act of giving thanks for anything and everything in all circumstances. Thankfulness should be a way of life for us, naturally coming from our hearts and mouths, and not just forced like during Thanksgiving. We have so many things to be thankful for and yet, we take it all for granted. For instance, many people including me just assume that things such as our houses, jobs, phones, pets, cars, computers, etc. will always be there for us, but this may not always be the case. In light of all the current events such as, Hurricane Irma and the Las Vegas shooting, it goes to show that life is unpredictable. Therefore, we should be thankful for the things we have instead of thinking negatively by saying “why don’t I have things others do”.  
First and foremost, we hate the mistakes and struggles we go through but I believe we should be thankful for them. Struggles break you down and you just have to work yourself back up and become stronger and better. We especially have to be thankful for the people who support us through those tough times. My life wouldn't be the same without the people that have molded me into who I am. It is important to be humble no matter where you are in life, and remember all the people that helped you get to where you are, whether it's your parents, your siblings, or your friends.

Thankfulness, gratitude, gratefulness, and appreciation come into play not just during Thanksgiving but throughout everyday of your life. I am thankful for the 14 wonderful years I’ve spent on this earth and I cannot ask for anything better.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Memo #2

Significance of Music

Since the dawn of time, music has been an integral factor of human existence. We create, love, listen, sing, live by it . Music exists all over the world as a universal language that brings people together. For many people, music can be a place to help them exert their frustration or anger if they were to be in a difficult situation. The beauty of music is how it conveys emotions of positivity, sadness, exhilaration, or even inspiration. It is the key to the soul which helps keep us humans physically and mentally healthy.
One example of the incredible impact of music would be in the song 1-800-273-8255 by Logic. It is a song that delivers hope to those who are suicidal. During his VMA performance he said: “From racism, discrimination, sexism, domestic violence, sexual assault, and so much more; I don’t give a damn if you are black, white, or any color in between. I don’t care if you’re Christian, you’re Muslim, you’re gay, you’re straight, I am here to fight for your equality. Because I believe that we are all born equal, but we are not treated equally and that is why we must fight. We must fight for the equality of every man, woman, and child regardless of race, religion, color, creed, and sexual orientation.” This song has made a significant impact on music and the world itself.
Though music is just sounds, it is the melodies and rhythms, and often words that impact us the most. Thus, when people listen to music, their body dances along with it, experience images, and feel emotions. Moreover, music has powers of releasing the sadness, healing the hurt soul and consolidating the intimacy. It is undoubtedly one of the most prodigious things that we have. Music has no limitations.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Memo #1

Bruce Lee once said, “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made of”. Within our lifetime, we are all bound to waste weeks, months, and perhaps years of our lives thinking of what we could, should and will do instead of using that time to take advantage of opportunities right in front of us. Every moment and minute in time that passes is an opportunity we let slip away. Time is precious and priceless. No status, or amount of money can buy us time. The only way to have more time is to use it efficiently and wisely.  
A month is enough to change your habits around. A week is enough to fix a complication in your life. A day with someone you love is enough to make you the happiest person in the world. An hour is enough to complete a task you’ve always wanted to do. A minute you can be the richest but in a second you could experience the ramification of death. Don’t take time for granted or time will punish you.
Even if you are making a 6-7 digit income but you aren’t happy, aren’t you still wasting time? We all have and will continue to have our ups and downs. What happened today will not repeat itself tomorrow. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is yet to come. Pick yourself up and continue to live life to fullest, as time is of the essence. If we desire to live a fulfilling life, we ought to grasp each and every opportunity. Time can be your friend or your enemy; it entirely depends on how you decide to use it.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Building a Sustainable City

This Swedish city is filled with green and renewable sources. The vacuum chute, meant to replace garbage bins, is one of the examples of sustainability. Food waste was being turned into biogas for buses in this city in Sweden. The last example would be the charging stations for the electric cars.  
In my opinion, Ottawa as a city should work on becoming more sustainable through improving mass transit, making office/retail buildings more efficient, and last but not least, we should work on having more cycle friendly environments (bike lanes) to increase cycling as a mode of transportation.
Improving mass transit and making office buildings more efficient could be difficult due to the mass numbers. I do believe that from OC transpo adding more bike racks on the front of their buses can boost both mass transit and cycling at the same time. Ottawa is already doing a lot by themselves such as the implementation of the OLRT and adding bike racks to OC transpo buses. I believe that if Ottawa were to add more bike racks and benches all over the city while adding more bike lanes, then it’ll really benefit the city. Ottawa also has something called the Sunday Bike Day which I have personally partaken in. It is a day where Ottawa closes down a few streets to go car free, which creates more than 50 kilometres of scenic course open exclusively to cyclists, runners, walkers etc.

Overall, I do believe that Ottawa has a bright future with all of its developments.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Park Canada Reflection

Lake Louise, Banff National Park
  • Alberta
  • 51.4172891,-116.223255
  • Lake Louise is a hamlet in the famous Banff National Park. It has nice a nice turquoise, glacier-fed lake. It is both beautiful in the summer and in the winter. The Lake Louise Ski Resort features a wildlife center at the top of a gondola.
  • Lake Louise is one of the most visited lakes in the world and you should go visit it too!

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
  • BC
  • 48.66566, -123.40775
  • Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is the sixth of eight National Park Reserves in a system of 46 parks and park reserves across Canada. It is located in British Columbia's Gulf Islands, and covers 36 square kilometres. It also includes numerous islets (islands).
  • The islands support many plant and animal species such as killer whales, porpoises, seals, sea lions, shorebirds, waterfowl rocky bluffs, and headlands etc.

Kouchibouguac National Park

  • NB
  • 46.77286, -65.00533
  • The park includes barrier islands, sand dunes, lagoons, salt marshes and forests. It provides habitat for seabirds, including the endangered piping plover, and the second largest tern colony in North America. There is a vast fauna of harbour seals and grey seals which inhabit the park's 25 km of sand dunes.
  • Mammal species that inhabit on the land are raccoon, bobcat, lynx, moose, species of bats, timber wolf, coyote, black bear, beaver, marten, species of shrews, river otter, porcupine, muskrat, species of mice, woodchuck, mink, striped skunk, and snowshoe hare.

These are all beautiful national parks that every Canadian and everyone in general should go visit. They all have breathtaking views and the history behind them is fascinating. 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Canada's Chemical Valley

In this video, many concerns and topics were raised such as the pollution in Sarnia and Aamjiwnaang. The petrochemical industry in Sarnia is affecting the first nations due its factories which are basically in their backyards. Sarnia has the worst air in all of Canada which is something in itself, but these factories have had spills and leaks which have affected not just adults, but even children.

My solution would be just to take extra precautions and have these companies put in extra money to create a safer environment. Many people have already tried providing this solution, but these rich companies still aren’t willing to put in the money. Knowing this, I wouldn’t really know what else to do if these companies aren’t willing to listen.

Honestly this is really sad. I can’t imagine living in a place where air isn’t even air, and instead it’s poisonous chemical smog. It’s like having a chemical filled factory in your backyard and having no one doing anything about. This is a serious issue that has to be dealt as soon as possible. It’s not just affecting the first nations but everyone in Sarnia.

Caribou Presentation Reflection

Today in Geography class, we welcomed Carolyn Callaghan who is a Senior Conservation Biologist who specializes in Wolf Ecology. She took time out of her day at the Canadian Wildlife Federation to come to CRHS to Speak to us.

A couple things that I learnt from this presentation are:

Caribou are safe and able to move around in 100cm in snow due to their big hooves. 

It uses it's big hooves to scoop low in the snow for lichen and other plants. 

The government has taken some caribou from healthy populations and were relocated to increase population size. 

Some questions I have are:

Why is caribou awareness vital in saving them?

What is the biggest complication causing this entire food chain to be unstable?

Who are killing off the caribou and putting them in danger?

Overall I think the presentation was very insightful and interesting and I'd love to hear more about this topic. I hope there's a future for caribous and all other animals . 

- Donald