Canada and it's social issues
A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS
Name: Connor Gilmartin
Nation of your choice:Canada
Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): Because Canada is such an interesting place. There is so much to do and its close to home and there is so much to do there. Its close to the US do we are close allies and we import a lot of things from them so what goes on here affects them and vise verse. You could go skiing and mountain biking. Canada has world class hunting and fishing and it has such a beautiful landscape. Canada also has a rich native American culture and it is very diverse country with people from all over the world.
Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I know that Canada has a long history of native American's that's about all I know about its history. They also were colonized by the french. For geography Canada has the worlds longest coast line and it has lots of mountain and rivers and lakes and lots of forest for lumber and lots of places where they drill for oil and has lots of natural resources. Canada is very diverse place part of the country speaks English and the other part speaks French and it has a lot of Native people that live there. Social issue is that they are trying to build a pipe line from Canada to the gulf coast for oil. Some other social issues are is that Canada is involved in fighting ISIS in the middle east and training the rebel fighters.
Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I hope to discover lots of new things about Canada and its culture and its country in general and I hope that I will be able to travel there one day. To explore Canada's vast wilderness and what it has to offer. I hope to spend a year in that country to learn more about its culture so that I can become a more well rounded person. To made get an education there. I hope to research more on it issues and relationships with the United States.
Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”): Canada has a lot of the worlds natural resources and they are competing to sell them in the world markets ranging from its gold to its abundant tree's and its many oil fields Canada is very rich in its natural resources. Canada has many big oil fields in the north that they are drilling. Canada also has an abundance of trees for lumber that they log. Up north Canada has tons of gold mines up in the Yukon territory and other mines that are very mineral rich. Canada with it's longest coast line in the world has great deep sea fishing and it also has giant lake trout and pike and other fish.
New York Times Topics: Canada
#1 They Say, I Say
Student Name:Connor Gilmartin
Title of article (in quotation marks): "Obama Vetoes Bill Pushing Pipeline Approval"
Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times
Essay Author: MICHAEL D. SHEAR and CORAL DAVENPORT
Date of Publication: February 24, 2015
Essay main idea/thesis statement: Obama vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline to sweep aside one of the first major challenges to his authority by the new Republic Congress.
Quote:Micheal D. Shear states that "With no fanfare and a 104 word letter to the senate Mr. Obama vetoed legislation to authorize construction of a 1,179-mile pipeline that would carry 800,000 barrels of heavy petroleum from the soil sands of Alberta to ports and refineries on the Gulf Coast." "By rejecting the legislation, Mr. Obama retains the right to make a final judgment on the pipeline on his own timeline. But he did little to calm the political debate over Keystone which has become a symbol of the continuing struggle between environmentalist and conservatives."
Comment: I think Obama should make a choice on the pipeline soon because biulding this pipeline would bring a lot of people and money to these small towns in the mid west and it would make a lot of jobs for people in the US and in Canada. It would bring a lot more jobs to people up to the refiners and it would bring a lot more people up to Alberta so they can drill oil. I think this should be passed.
#2 They Say, I Say
Student Name: Connor Gilmartin
Title of article (in quotation marks):"Debate Sharpens Over N.H.L. Safety Rules and Fighting"
Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times
Essay Author: JEFF Z. KLEIN
Date of Publication: October 11, 2011
Essay main idea/thesis statement: The N.H.L. new league director for players safety is much more strict on rules and the fans and teams are mad.
Quote: In Jeff Z. Klein's article on N.H.L. new safety rules he say's" a backlash has developed against the league's crackdown on boarding and checks to the head. But its relatively small scale has highlighted how sharply the debate over the physical nature of hockey, including the role of fighting, has evolved especially in Canada, where reports on the long term effects of blows to players heads has been dominating the news." "Under Brad Shanahan, the league's new director of players safety and its chief disciplinarian, the N.H.L. handed out nine preseason suspensions for boarding and illegal checks to the head, as well as one high sticking suspension during the regular season" "this week to protest that the rules are robbing the N.H.L. of the hard hitting it is known for, most notably Don Cherry, the bombastic and highly popular "Hockey Night in Canada" commentator known for his traditionalist views".
Comment: I personally don't like that there taking out the hitting and the fighting out of hockey I think that's what a lot of people look forward to when they go to a hockey game I think that they shouldn't take the hitting and fighting out of hockey and I think that it should be up to the players whether there is hitting or fighting in the game and if they don't want it then they shouldn't play the game. Cause that's like taking the tackling out of football and that wouldn't be to entertaining would it.
#3 The Big 5
Title of article (in quotation marks):"Canada says soldier killed by friendly fire in Iraq"
Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times
Essay Author: Reuters
Date of Publication: 3/8/15
1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?): Reuters wrote it and he is a writer for New York Times in Canada. This story is written for the people of Canada, to inform them on what Canada is doing in Iraq and what has happened to some of Canada's soliders.
2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?): This text is about a friendly incident in Iraq involving Canadian special Forces and Kurdish fighters who mistakenly engaged with Canada's S.F. and killed on and injured others. The authors message is he is informing the people of Canada that the people they sent to train Kurdish Fighters were attacked and that Canada is taking an active role against Islamic State Militants.
3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?): I can't really figure out what the mood is from what the author has written it seems to me he is a little sad about the incident but as the story goes on he gets in a better mood. The text makes the reader sad because this is some thing that could easily been avoided. The author use words like"engaged" to make it seem like he knows a lot about the military and there lingo.
4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.): I guess he kind of uses irony because he is talking about how Canadian S.F. were killed an injured by the very men they are training and helping defend them and there country and there people.
5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?): It's and essay talking about Canada's military in Iraq and it uses the friendly fire incident as a hook to get the reader's attention and then tell them about the incident and then tells them about what they are doing in Iraq.
#4 The Big 5
Title of article (in quotation marks): A Brief Guide To The Keystone XL Pipeline Debate
Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): Time Magazine
Essay Author: Denver Nicks
Date of Publication: 11/15/14
1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?): The writer of this story is a reporter for Time Magazine. This story was written for the people of America and for the people of Canada to inform them on what Obama is doing about the Pipeline and his decisions on it. He mostly wrote this for people living in the states where the pipeline is going through to tell them about what the government is doing about the pipeline and what will happen. The writer wrote this because he seems to be sympathizing with the people of who are being affected by this pipeline. If I was the writer I would write about this to help these people and tell them about whats going on.
2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?): This text is about what the keystone XL pipeline is and whats going on with it. Its also about what Obama is doing about the pipeline and why it is controversial. The pipeline is controversial because climate activist worry that the pipeline will break and that building it will cause environmental issues that could destroy ecosystems. Its also talks about what will happen next and how it will likely face court battles. The authors message is that he thinks that the pipeline will happen eventually with Obama in office or not.
3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?): The text of this article is that it it make the reader sympathize with the people who are affected by the pipeline. The authors tone is that he makes a kind of annoyed tone when he talks about Obama, "Why is Obama Involved?". He starts off talking about what the pipeline is. His tone and word diction are that he is explaining each part of the pipeline and in each of his sections it changes.
4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.): The author of this story doesn't use any stylistic words and or things. He is just informing the reader in his story not really choosing a side. I guess that he use a little sarcasm when he says "Why is Obama involved?".
5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?): The text of this article is that it is just a paragraph in each section or two. He starts off explaining it then talks about who's involved with it. Then he talks about why it is such a controversial topic, then he talks about what will happen next.
Mr. Connor Gilmartin
5302 Yerba Buena Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
620 Eighth Ave
New York, New York
Dear Mr. Shear and Mr. Davenport:
Hello my name is Connor I am a student at Cardinal Newman High School. I have been researching Canada. I read your article from the New York Times titled “Obama vetoed bill pushing pipeline approval”.
Your article was about how Mr. Obama has only used the power of the oval office for the third time since his first election back in 2008, and how he is making excuses for not making a decision on the matter yet. In your article you said that by rejecting this Mr. Obama is planning to make the decision on his own time because he say’s he want’s to see all the environmental reviews, which makes this a clash between environmentalist and conservatives. You wrote that both sides have kept strong with their arguments and that Mr. Obama says he has not chosen a side yet but will once the reviews are in. Then later you talked about how world leaders are going to have a meeting and are going to talk about each country’s carbon footprint, and how some states are already passing cases on approving the pipeline.
I like what you had to say and I agree with it all, I like how you quoted many different sources and their different view’s on the topic. I like how you talked about it on a positive note and how you implied that the oil is going to go through and that it might as well benefits the U.S. because it is going to happen sooner or later. You are right the ball is in Obama’s court, but he will not approve it or approach it because he got the votes from the environmentalist and he does not want to upset them by doing something that would upset them because he want’s his voters and people to stay loyal to him. I am a concerned citizen that want’s to see the economy and gas prices drop. I do not want to see oil bought overseas from a country that hates us. I think that Mr. Obama should do the pipeline because it is going to happen sooner or later and that he should just get it over with as long as he does it responsible.
Thank you for your time and your work and I hope to hear from you.
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