Unit 3: My Family’s Immigration

Moving from a 3rd world country to a first world country marks a huge milestone in anyone’s life. From living in a country side lifestyle and then changing your lifestyle style into an urban city lifestyle. Well, that’s what my parents did. They moved from Sri Lanka to Canada. This is the story of my parents’ immigration.

My dad’s family was the first one to move to Canada. He is the fifth child out of 2 girls and 5 boys. His mother worked as a teacher for around 20 years. His parents realized that it was a good idea to start a new life by moving to Canada. There was a war going on at that time and getting a job was very difficult, so they moved. In 1992, my dad’s family moved to Toronto, Ontario. Language wasn’t a major problem since they all had a basic knowledge in English. Fitting in socially, weather and finding a job were probably the hardest obstacles to overcome.

My mother was the 4th child out of 6 girls and 1 boy. She worked in a typewriting company while she was in school. She later on pursued a career in teaching. Her mother was a house wife while her father went to work. My mom’s family moved to different places. Her oldest sister and her moved to Canada while her other sisters moved to France, Switzerland and London. My mom’s parents, youngest sister and brother were the only ones to stay in Canada. Even if they have sacrificed a lot, they did get a chance at a new beginning at life.

“Sometimes when things are falling apart, they might actually be falling into place.”

~ Unknown

                                 This is how Sri Lanka looked after the civil war

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Unit 4: Why Canada’s Voting Age Should Be Lowered

Canada’s voting age should be lowered to 16. People at the age of 16 tend to find out more about things when they are in school. They would be participating actively on their communities and would know what’s going on in the political world. When some teens become 18, they decide to move out of the house or stop going to school. This will affect who they vote for because they may not know what’s going on. While those who are in school are more likely to be educated about this and are more likely to make a better vote.f

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16 year olds are the future. They should be able to have their voices heard because who becomes a leader also affects them. At this age, most teens start to look for jobs, pay taxes and bills and start taking responsibility for things adults usually have. Teens can also been sentenced and fined as if they were adults. This means that they will face the same charges as adults would. Then why shouldn’t 16 year olds vote if the person elected creates an impact on them too?v

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I think it’s unfair that teens have adult responsibilities, but can’t have their voices heard in the political world. (The Whig,2015). 16 year olds are mature and can make their own decisions based on all the information they have received. They also have more knowledge since they are going to school. The Canadian Government is a topic covered in the grade 10 social studies course, so they would know how the government generally works. If the age was lowered, I think the results of an election would be more accurate because young people also get to make a decision.

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References:

Elections Canada. (2015). Lowering the Voting Age. Retrieved from http://www.elections.ca/res/eim/article_search/article.asp?id=54&lang=e&frmPageSize=

Maclean’s. (2015). Let’s Lower the Voting Age to 16. Retrieved from http://www.macleans.ca/education/uniandcollege/lets-lower-the-voting-age-to-16/

The Whig. (2015). Why The Voting Age Should Be Lowered in Canada. Retrieved from http://www.thewhig.com/2008/11/05/why-the-voting-age-in-canada-should-be-lowered-to-16

Unit 2: How Victorian Values Were Harmful

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This is Mr.Neville from the movie “Rabbit-Proof Fence.”

Unless you followed the Victorian Values, you would not be treated fairly. Aboriginals were affected the most. What were Victorian values? Victorian values were created during the reign of Queen Victoria. She reigned from 1837 – 1901 and was the only person who reigned the longest. (Faculty of UNLV, 2014). At that time, Britain had most power because their empire was massive. In the movie Rabbit-Proof Fence there is a Character named Mr. Neville. He is a perfect example how seriously people took Victorian values and how it was harmful.

The main goal that Mr. Neville had in the movie, was to make sure that all Aboriginal people would follow European customs. That’s why residential school was created. At a young age kids would be taken away from their families and brought to these schools. Those who tried to escape or hide would be severely punished. In these schools, they would have to dress the way Europeans did, communicate in English, eat their food and follow  customs from the Victorian Era. If the kids make a mistake or did not obey the rules, they would be punished severely. They would have to do extra chores or might even get whipped. Residential school destroyed Aboriginal culture.

Mr. Neville was very determined to accomplish this. He believed that he was being really helpful and that god will have a spot for him in heaven. Those that followed Victorian values believed that being modest and diligent was important. Unfortunately, they did not realize that they were demolishing a culture. They were very racist and did not treat everybody equally. The Aboriginals were affected by this greatly and some still have horrendous memories today.

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References:

Cranny, M. Jarvis, G. Moles, G. Seney, B. (2009). Horizons: Canada’s emerging identity. 2nd Ed. Don Mills, Ontario: Pearson Education Canada

Faculty of UNLV. (2014). The Victorian Period. Retrieved from https://faculty.unlv.edu/kirschen/handouts/victorian.html

Multicultural Canada. (2014). The Aboriginal People. Retrieved from http://www.multiculturalcanada.ca/Encyclopedia/A-Z/c2/1

Unit 1: Canada and Sri Lanka

Canada and Sri Lanka have many differences when it comes to geography, the people and culture. Land wise, Canada is the 2nd largest country in the world and is located above the United States of America. While Sri Lanka is a small island located below India. The coordinates for Canada is 60 00 N and 95 00 W and Sri Lanka’s coordinates are 7 00 N and 81 00 E. While Canada sits in the northern hemisphere, Sri Lanka sits in the southern hemisphere. Canada is has a very diverse country because of the numerous religions and languages. However, Sri Lanka only a few languages and the major ones are: Tamil and Sinhalese. There are only a few religions too. Canada is filled with many geographical features such as: mountain ranges, large lakes and rivers, permanent ice, etc. On the contrary, Sri Lanka has many moist forests, low terrains and is surrounded by the Indian Ocean. People in Sri Lanka have strong beliefs in their religious, so there are many churches and temples. Since Sri Lanka is surrounded by an ocean, fishing is a major part of their life. Along with working in rice fields and the tea plantation. Canada has fishing more up north and in the east coast. Sri Lanka’s major exports are: tea, textiles, spices and fish. (CIA World Factbook, 2014). On the other hand, Canada’s main exports are: plastic, chemicals, timber, natural gas and motor vehicles and parts. Even if these two countries have minor similarities, they are two very unique and distinct countries.  canada                                        Canada’s Nature srilanka                                         Sri Lanka’s Nature              Want to find out more about Canada? Click here Want to find out more about Sri Lanka? Click here References: Central Intelligence Agency.(2014). North America: Canada. Retrieved    from https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ca.html Central Intelligence Agency.(2014). South Asia: Sri Lanka. Retrieved from                https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ce.html National Geographic. (2014). Sri Lanka Facts. Retrieved  from http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/sri-lanka-facts/

Intro: Critical Thinking

“Of one thing we can be sure: the quality of our life will be determined by the quality of our thinking.”  – Edward de Bono

     critical thinking

     Critically thinking is a process that’s used to investigate and go deeper into an idea, problem or any type of circumstance. It helps you come up with a better and educated understanding of the information. Have you ever heard of the expression “you can’t judge a book by its cover”? It is telling you can’t figure everything out with one glance at its cover. This is exactly why critical thinking is important; you won’t know everything at its appearance.

     There are many skills that are involved in critical thinking. The main characteristics that are significant are: rationality, self-awareness, and open-mindedness. When you are being rational, you have to rely on a reason and not an emotion. You also need evidence to back up your reasoning. Self-awareness is when you identify your own beliefs, perspective and knowledge. Being open-minded requires you to think of various possibilities and you must be able to accept new ideas. Don’t think at a small-scale. The bottom-line is that a critical thinker must be willing to accept new ideas, analyze the information and be able to explore any competing evidence.

     Becoming a critical thinker takes a lot of skill and practice, but being a critical thinker takes you far in life. Small steps such as: asking lots of questions, gaining more knowledge on the topic and exploring the problem in different point of views will get you started on becoming an outstanding critical thinker. Creativity will bloom in your performance. Your problem solving skills will improve significantly. The questions you come up with will be more challenging to answer. You will open more doors of possibilities and will be able to view information in different perspectives. Critical thinking is an effective foundation to a successful life.

Want to improve your critical thinking skills? Find out how you can involve critical thinking in your life here.

References:

Kurland, D. (2014). What is Critical Thinking? Retrieved from      http://www.criticalreading.com/critical_thinking.htm

Sicinski, A. (2014). Critical Thinking Skills. Retrieved from http://blog.iqmatrix.com/critical-    thinker

The Critical Thinking Community. (2014). Defining Critical Thinking. Retrieved from    http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/defining-critical-thinking/766

All About Me!

Hello! My name is Abiramy and here are a few random facts about me!

1) I was born on January 3rd, 1999.

2) A lot of people think I am Indian, but I am actually SriLankan.

3) I can speak English (obviously), Tamil and a bit of French and Spanish.

4) This may sound crazy, but I have never tried bubble tea. *embarrassed*

5) I am the oldest in the family. I have 2 younger sisters.

6) I am allergic to bug bites. If I get bit, I swell up like a pumpkin.

7)  I am a perfectionist. It is something that I don’t like about myself because the smallest mistakes can annoy me.

8) It has only been about 4 years since I have lived in Surrey. Before I moved, I lived in Vancouver for 11 years.

9) I have major stage fright. I have performed on stage ever since I was 7 and unfortunately, I still can’t get over it.

10) I am 5 feet 5 inches.

11) I am an introvert.

12) Places I have been to so far are: Paris, Switzerland, Toronto, Singapore, SriLanka, and Bellingham.

13) I have major fear of heights.

14) When I was 7 years old, I broke a bone in my elbow and had a cast for about 3 months.

15) My favourite colour is blue.

16) My favourite cartoon character when I was younger was Winnie the Pooh.

17) My favourite word is bubble!

18) I want to become a pediatrician when I grow up.

19) I strongly dislike sushi.

20) From kindergarten to grade 3, I LOVED going to school. If I ever had to skip school because of a doctor’s appointment, I would start crying. (I still find that very strange)

Well there you have it, a few random facts about me! Now you know me a bit better. Hope you have enjoyed this post!

Cheers, Abiramy