Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Novel Study: Touching Spirit Bear Connections to the YCJA

In class we are currently reading Touching Spirit Bear, a novel about Cole Mathews and the series of events that happen after he commits criminal offences. Cole stole from a hardware shop. When a small boy, Peter, told on him, Cole decided to severely beat him up because everyone should be afraid of Cole Mathews. Fear was Cole's power. As punishment, Cole is banished to an island for a year where he will be alone. A spirit bear attacks him. When he comes to a near death scenario he starts to rethink life.

Cole's justice circle decided to banish him to the island and now has to decide what to do since he has come back after two days. So now this justice circle has to make another decision, if I were a part of the circle and I didn't know what happened on the island or to Cole's mentality, I would send cole back to the island. When making the decision I would consider his past, current actions, his offence with consideration of his reasoning for doing so.

Beaten as a child by his father, with a drunken mother that stayed silent doesn't give a child the best possible opportunity for success or maximum capacity for kindness. As we now know Cole's father was beaten too. Even though Cole may have his own child to beat on, I think that he takes what he has learnt and applies it on others. Fear was Cole's power and I think he used it because that was all he knew. Taking this into consideration, as YCJA might, he could complete a program demonstrating effects of bullying or physical damage. Such as working at a kids talk hotline or watch surgeries happening to victims of violent physical bullying. I would likely still sentence him to a year on the island or some other punishment and after have him complete the above. For if he did immediately it may not be safe for the people involved.

When Edwin pushed Cole over, Cole didn't rise with his fists flying, he was upset but his choice was different than what he would have done. However, Cole did lie. He said he was committed to change, but he wasn't. He tried to flee the island and get away. So how is someone expected to believe him?

His offence, of beating Peter to a pulp, was quite serious. Therefore, I would leave it up for custody or Extra Judicial Sanctions which may include may have included the healing circle. After his attempt to avoid punishment Cole should have to deal with a larger force than the community; a judge that will consider the case and not much else. The judge wouldn't consider that Cole was beaten on, but rather that he beat on one of his peers. This would leave less room for Cole to weasel his way out of punishment. In custody he would be under supervision whether it be doing community service or a sentence to jail.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

GINS Mini Litspiration Challenge

“In my university courses, I theorized about sums in millions of dollars, but here before my eyes the problems of life and death was posed in pennies.” Muhammad Yunus 48

This quote is from my GINS (Global Issue Novel Study) book, Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus. This quote came from one of my favorite parts of the book. Muhammad had just met Sufiya Begum, a 21 year old who made 2 cents a day selling bamboo stools. This particular part of the story, for me, was super powerful and has stuck with me. It’s quite the topic. While here in Alberta, Alison Redford spends 45 thousand dollars flying to South Africa, poverty continues to diminish people’s lives. Why do we have a premier who spends an unnecessary 45 thousand dollars on a flight to Nelson Mandela’s funeral, while poverty strikes hard against people around the world. “I watched her as she set to work again, her small brown hands plaiting the strands of bamboo as they had every day for months and years on end. This was her livelihood. She squatted barefoot on the hard mud. Her fingers were callused and her nails black with grime” Muhammad Yunus 47.

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Exploring Empathy ~ GIN post 6

For this post we had to write in the perspective of a character in our book about the problem going on and the everyday life they experienced. Here is what I wrote:

When I visit her, I can tell she is poor. Her roof needs repair, her body screams poverty and I remember why I am doing this. She weaves a stool that she will sell. Everyday she does this and she rushes to finish. I ask her how much she makes a day and she tells me that she makes 2 cents a stool. 2 cents a day! I remember why I am doing this. How is one ever supposed to overcome poverty with 2 cents a day? You couldn’t, I couldn’t, and she can’t. That’s the difference, for her this is reality. We can only imagine, but this is past imagination for her. She has to worry about her children. How can she support her kids’ futures? As I think about her life, I remember why I am doing this. 

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Global Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Hey guys! Today we talked about creating a global charter of rights and freedoms and if we made our own, what would be on it. Check out this link to see our ideas!

It was really interesting to do this and I found that my group mates and I had some troubles to coming up with a few laws. If you don't already know, my GINS (Global Issues Novel Study) is Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus. Muhammad tries to conquer poverty by creating a micro-lending bank. In regards to my GINS book I didn't know what to add. Some issues were that women were being discriminated, bankers only wanted to give men loans and many husbands wanted to deal with the money rather than having their wives take part. In the charter of rights and freedoms, under equality rights. It says something similar to: we have the right to be free of discrimination of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, age or mental or physical disabilities. Not allowing women to accept loans or receive loans is discrimination of gender, as long as this law is followed I think this could make a big difference. 
However, there is one rule that I added. No one should be denied of publicly funded loans no matter what their status is unless proven with reason backed by law to believe otherwise. This was added to our charter because finance plays a major role in our lives. How could you deny anyone a chance to escape poverty?

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Global Issue Novel and Laws in the Setting's Country

In Canada there is a Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It protects citizens and other people. What the following paragraphs are about is the Charter, if there is a Charter, and how it serves the citizens in it's country.

So this is something that I found in the constitution of Bangladesh. Under 8. Fundamental Principles  (1a) it stated that Absolute trust and faith in the Almighty Allah shall be the basis of all actions.  In another section I found this: The state of religion is Islam, but other religions may be practiced in peace  and harmony in the republic. I guess what I was trying pointing out is that there is the freedom to practice other religions, however, the religions in Bangladesh may not be as diverse as ours.

Something on another note is that in the constitution I found something about the rights of women. Its states steps shall be taken to ensure participation in all spheres of national life. I find it interesting that it says steps shall be taken because in this developing country, women are not equal. Guaranteeing that steps will be taken may be the best they can do. I think that was one of the biggest issue in my book was getting women to participate in the bank. In their society and villages it wasn't common and in most cases frowned upon.

I didn't find a charter that Bangladesh follows in my research. I think that is unfortunate because the Charter of rights and freedoms in Canada protects us and everyone deserves to be fairly treated. I don't think that it would make a large impact on poverty if the Bangladesh government installed a charter, however, I do think that it would be beneficial for them to do so.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Round Table 1: Global Issues Novel

This is the first round table of grade 9. Hopefully you like it!

My group members are Darren at Flying Books Eat Words, EJ at Books With Hearts and Lily at Adventures Through Reading. Check them out!!

By the way, there are no visuals.