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

Friday, 28 April 2017

Geography Project Reflection

  1. What are three things you learned from your assignment?
  2. Why would someone want to settle in Canada? Give three reasons and explain your answer
  3. What would three obstacles be for someone new to Canada? Explain how they could overcome these obstacles.

I learnt more on the geography side of things then I did of the pure facts since I learnt most of this information last year while researching for my french project. One major thing I found out about while doing research for this project would be where specifically my grandparents on my mom’s side were from. After researching a little bit, I learnt that my grandpa was born in China and moved to Vietnam to marry my grandma who is actually Vietnamese. Another interesting thing I learnt was my dad’s travel and struggle in Ontario before settling in Ottawa. The last thing I learnt wasn’t something new, but it was something I learnt more about which is my personal movement in Ottawa. I always knew that I’ve lived at three houses but I also learnt that I stayed at my grandma’s house for the first couple months while my first official house was being built.

Some reasons could be healthcare, opportunities, and how safe Canada is. Nice and simple. Canada has a free health care system which could be useful for immigrants who need to spend their money on other things such as food, clothes, houses, etc.Canada The opportunities in Canada are endless which is a big reason why my family came here. Canada is a fast growing country with vast resources and careers for immigrants to pursue. Canada is a very safe country with their somewhat low crime rate and very low in some cities such as Toronto. It’s pretty safe to the point that if a crime were to happen it’d appear on the front page. My final extra reason would be to run away from Trump.

For my three that I’ll be listing, it’ll be the ones that I think are the biggest obstacles. The first obstacle which my family personally ran into was language. They came to Canada not knowing English at all and they managed to still get through school and learn the language. Another obstacle would be money. Not all families are rich and can easily survive without worrying about anything. My family overcame this problem by working 2-3 jobs each. Other solutions would be to go to school and to find a beneficial job. Last but not least would be to get here in the first place. Depending on where the person is coming from, getting to Canada can be a problem due to issues such as transportation and fleeing the country. All of the solutions I gave are obviously easier said than done.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Geography- Day 1

Something that stuck with me was the concept of not using our phones. We don't usually do this with other courses but it was nice to take a break from our phones. I learnt a little bit about the geographic area of Canada as well. Overall it was a great first class even though I don't really like geography. 

Friday, 2 December 2016

My 21st Century Literacy Course Academic Journey

My 21st Century Literacy Course Academic Journey
I, Donald Truong, am a Cedar Ridge student who has taken a one of a kind course called the 21st Century Literacy Course. This is a unique course that incorporates two courses, Business and English, into one, in order to build on my existing literacy skills. Throughout these 13 weeks, I have learnt and used many different skills such as writing, reading, oral communication, media studies, and design software. (You can see all of my work throughout this course here:

Reflecting back on what I did this course, I think as a person, my creativity, organization, and disciplined mindset has helped me power through all of my assignments and projects efficiently and precisely. I think as a student my strengths were my writing and reading skills. I have been able to work on my presentation skills for my ethics project and summatives, since I was always lacking in my oral communication during my presentations.

Each one of our 13 weeks during our course had a specific theme such as; Getting on the Same Page, Leadership, Technology/Poetry, Project Management, Individualization, Curiosity, Organization, Design, Respect, Perspective/Point of View, Adaptation, Responsibility, Self Regulation, and Initiative. These themes helped us students focus our skillsets to one specific theme for that week and to hopefully improve them. Having these themes helped me practice certain skills and helped me improve as a learner since I was able to practice certain themes that I was lacking in such as individualism, adaptation, and perspective. I was often working with a certain two classmates of mine which often led to similar work. That week I tried working with other classmates and working alone which led to find my own style and unique voice and work. Adaptation is another theme that I found was really important. A couple times we had a change of plans which allowed me to adapt to these changes and find extra time to finish my other work. Finally, I worked on my perspective. This often tied in when we were learning about the presidential election. We often see media portray someone a certain way and it can shift your perspective. This is why I had to learn and see different perspectives to further my understanding and even come up with my own conclusion.

We participated in a Global Read Aloud Slow Chat about All American Boys as one of our units. This was a controversial book which tells a story of police brutality from the perspectives of two high school students which one of them, Rashad, a african-american teenager was savagely beaten by a local policeman who wrongly suspects him for shoplifting and assaulting a white woman. Quinn, a young white teenager, sees this brutal beating and originally pretends he didn’t. This unit really taught me a lot. We mainly communicated this unit through media. We would write tweets to publish in order to share our views and perspectives with other students around the world participating in this Global Read Aloud. We would also have discussions in between to share our thoughts and this specifically helped me reflect on what we just read. This easily corresponds with the theme of perspective and point of view since your perspective on the entire book can be different from mine and there is no distinct antagonist so it just really depends on your point of view.

Although we didn’t dedicate a full unit to presenting, we did work on our presentation skills throughout the course from our Poem Analysis, our Ethics Project, our King Lear Scene Study, and our Business Summative/Presentation. I think this correlated best with individualism due to the fact that many of our presentations were as individuals. I think I really improved as a oral communicator since I wasn’t very confident about my communication skills during my first two presentations. However I believe that after the King Lear Scene Study, I was able to turn it around especially during my summative presentation.

I am very thankful that I was able to participate in this magnificent course and for all the information and skills I was able to obtain from it. I have not only improved my weaknesses (oral communication), but I was also able to learn new things that I have never even learnt before such as critical thinking. I have always just hit the knowledge, comprehension, and application categories, even though I can further my learning my trying to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate. Overall this is a very unique course that I will be glad to take again any day in the future.