On monday may 12, 2008 a devastating earthquake hit China killing about 50,000 people so far. As thousands lost their homes or even their loved ones, alot of people are trapped under the rubble waiting to be rescued. At first china always used to decline help from outside expertise but after monday’s earthquake the government welcomed money, aid and goods but not inernational rescue workers, though Japan, Russia and South korea sent a rescue team all together made up of about 151 workers.
Other foreign governments and organization also offered help but China turned them down.How it relates to geography and things we learnedThis article goes under Natural Disasters and it connects to unit 3 in our geography book at page 110-111.It talks about Canada’s Geologic history on earthquakes, volcanoes and plates. Though this article was about the Earthquake in China, it still conects to how Earthquakes are formed, the types of Earthquakes i.e tsunami’s etc.Reading this article made me think if the Earth’s plates were responsible for this earthquake, as they are responsible for about 30000 earthquakes each year. Earthquakes like these dont occur randomly, they occur where there is movement of the plates that make up Earth’s rigid crust (111).ResourcesArticle: Toxic water haunts Quebec townNewspaper: Toronto StarDate published: Mon.
April 7, 2008About the articleIn Shannon, small town in Quebec, the people who live there are convinced that the ground water they drank from the wells is the reason about 240 of them have cancer, and 600 of them are sick. They thought their water comes from a trusted source, the Canadian Army, what they didn’t know is that chemicals from dumping sites moved into the groundwater that feeds wells in Shannon.The TCE (trichloroethylne – Industrial cleaner) can create health problems if the people of Shannon drank the groundwater or inhaled its vapours. Some people are claiming that the Army knew about the TCE promlems as early as 1997 yet they didn’t inform the public. As if right now they are finished tests worth over $8 million to explore its options.How it relates to geography and things we learnedIn unit 7 of our text book we learned about the importance of water, types of water resources etc; and this article fit well into the resources group. On page 480 of our textbook we have a clear explenation on grounwater which is the main problem in the article. Then on page 482-484 we have information on the different water issues and turns out that Quebec is not the only city with such issues.
Water pollution, in result of chemicals in our lakes is the most deadly yet it can be found in sources of drinking water for millions of people. Some industries have dumped toxic chemicals into our water supplies for years so do you really think the water you drink is safe?CultureArticle: New Immigrants need good jobsNewspaper: Toronto starDate published: Mon. April 7, 2008About the articleThis Article talks about a problem that most immigrants that came to Canada have to deal with… jobs.
It clearly points out the fact that immigrants are forced to change their career fields and get low paying jobs such as serving for fast food restaurants just to make a living. The government considers a doctor delivering a pizza as employed, and Canada beeing not a cheap country how are these immigrants suppose to make a living? Creating more jobs may be the resolution to this problem. They need the balance the number of jobs and number of incoming immigrants if this problems going to get solved.
How it relates to geography and things we learnedOn pages 218-220 we learned about the different immigrants and how they get into Canada and the different push/pull factors. What we didn’t learn is what these immigrants do after they get into Canada. Immigrants usually leave their country of origin for a better life but they end up working for jobs they dont enjoy doing & they have no choice. I would say it is easier for family immigrants to settle in Canada because they have someone close to them who has been a immigrant before them and can help/guide them. Everyone has their own point of views and being an immigrant myself, i think something should be done about the immigration issue.GlobalArticle: No hope for ‘responsibility to protect’Newspaper: Toronto starDate published: Fri. May 16, 2008About the articleWhat this article brings up, is the current situation in Burma and how the United Nations have a particular rule that does not let other nations to interfere with Burma’s situation. It is known as “responsibility to protect” and as far as I know, alot of people are getting fed up and want something to be done because several hundred thousand people have lost their lives allready.
There’s not much we can do but to just hope for the best. Although this article focuses on 1 important question “if not now, then when?” The answer to that question is sad yet true, “If not now. then maybe never.
“How it relates to geography and things we learnedIn unit 6 (pg. 435, 446-447) we begin learning about United Nations and what it consists of. It is pretty much a international organization that stops wars between nations and to help countries in anyway they can. UN is made up of 192 member states. Every member has agreed to follow the UN system and its rules and this article is talking about 1 of the rules that now worries people. The UN has a peacekeeping operation but if they can’t get past the border to Burma, how are they going to help or keep peace?Personally I believe that what’s done is done, and it’s enough, let atlist the survivers get aid now. They should open up the border allready and let other countries help out.
It is not fair and everyone should be treated equally no matter who made up that rule. Yet again that’s just an opinion.