War Measures Act

The War Measures Act was made by the Canadian Government.  It was made to let Canada have anything necessary “for the security, defense, peace, order, and welfare of Canada” (Cranny & Moles, 2001).  The federal Government of Canada could now have a lot of control of their country for the first time.  They could finally intervene right into the economy, transportation, manufacturing, trade, and agriculture production (Cranny & Moles, 2001). They had too much power to soon.

This act was placed when they were in a difficult spot with enemy aliens.  Canada put many restrictions on these people just because they were not from Britain.  These enemy aliens could be arrested or searched whenever, and most were sent to an internment camp in areas of Canada (Falk, 2006).  These people were treated with such disrespect for no reason.  Also, with the War Measures Act censorship was introduced.  The Canadian Government banned publication of book and magazines in enemy languages (Falk, 2006).  This act didn’t make Canada look very good.

The NSA and the War Measures Act is similar in many ways.  First, they’re keeping a close eye on civilians that haven’t done anything illegal or threatening.  Second, both look through information that should be private.  Third, innocent people are feeling like criminals in their own country.  Differences are that obviously the NSA is more futuristic.  I do not agree with what the NSA is doing because people of the United States are being watched for doing nothing at all.  I understand to be suspicious but not going through people’s privacy.

Electronic Frontier Foundation. (2013). NSA Spying. Retrieved from https://www.eff.org/nsa-spying/how-it-works

Nation Security Agency picture. (2013). NSA. Retrieved from http://interchangeproject.org/2013/08/14/episode-78-nsa-can-i-get-a-backup-of-all-of-my-data/

World War 1 cause

World War l was caused by a death of a Crown Prince in Austria-Hungary,  Archduke Ferdinand.  He was killed by a member of the Serbian terrorist organization the “Black Hand.”  From that, a lot of disagreements started to come from different alliances.  Germany became involved first by giving Austria-Hungary the “Blank Cheque” (Cranny & Moles, 2001).  Austria-Hungary then gave Serbia an ultimatum, give us your terrorists or face war.  They took Serbia’s response as rejection and declared war on Serbia on July 28, 1914.  Russia thought this was all a German plot and started mobilizing their army against Austria-Hungary.  Germany declared war on Russia.  France was in an alliance with Russia, joined war against Germany.  Germany felt threatened, declared war on France.  Germany then thought they were the masterminds and they could come up with this plan “The Schlieffen Plan” without Britain getting involved.  They were wrong,  Britain joined war against Germany when they invaded Belgium.  That’s when the First World War began.

Canada became involved in the war when they’re good friends from Britain joined.  It was automatic of them to fight with the British Empire (Cranny & Moles. 2001).  Many joined for the patriotic feeling they had but others joined because they had no job at home or they thought war would be short.  War was thought to be a great and heroic adventure for the Canadians.  Canada’s idea of war was definitely changed by the end of it in 1917.

Canada joined for all the wrong reasons in my opinion.  They automatically joined when the British did even though Canada had nothing to do with the outbreak in the European countries in the first place.  Men thought they were being heroic but how were they heroic if they were leaving their families behind to starve and have no financial help.  I understand them feeling patriotic but many sacrificed their lives for an empire that wasn’t even theirs.  Instead of going to war we could have taken more of an initiative to become more independent and deal with problems that weren’t solved when everyone went to war.

The History Learning Site. (2013). World War 1. Retrieved from http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/causes_world_war_one.htm

Yahoo Answers Canada. (2013). Yahoo. Retrieved from http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080311101818AAQUncb

The Canadian Encyclopedia. (2013). WW1. Retrieved from http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/first-world-war-wwi

Canadian Propoganda. (2013). WW1. Retrieved from http://www.rainbowschools.ca/mss/wilsonw/CHC2D%20Images/Unit%201%20-%20WW1/WW1%20Posters.htm

Pre-WW1

Technology

          Before World War 1 there wasn’t a lot of technology but the ones that were around were very important.  If these technologies weren’t made, today we wouldn’t be so advanced.  Alexander Graham Bell the Canadian that is famous for inventing the telephone in the 1870s (Cranny & Moles, 2001).  In these early 1900′s many people did not have the telephone, so ones with a telephone line had to share and go through an operator to be used  (Cranny & Moles, 2001).  Even at that time it was still an important device.

The first telephone was exchanged in Hamilton in 1878 and by the end of that year, Hamilton had 40 telephones.  The introduction of the telephone opened up the eyes to many people to transmit, receive and communicate to others.  It definitely revolutionized communication.  The telephone started a reaction to try and learn more about communicating.  Scientists then became more interested and that’s when different things started to advance.  The telephone started it all.

In the last 5 years there have been many important technologies but researching the Pebble watch was most interesting to me. It wasn’t only interesting but I thought that it has been probably very handy for society.  This watch connects on Bluetooth from your cell phone.  It displays notifications, it performs different types of apps such as a fitness tracker.  This is a hands free device that is safe and easy to use.  Just like the telephone, it is very useful to people.  They both have means of communication.  The telephone is obviously much bigger and cant be travelled around.  Both of these technologies influence our lives today on a day to day basis.

The Canadian Encyclopedia. (2013). Technology. Retrieved from http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/technology

Canadian Telecommunications. (2013). Telecommunications. Retrieved from http://www.telecommunications.ca/bobh1.htm

Technology Review. (2013). Smart Watches. Retrieved from http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/513376/smart-watches/

Telephone picture. (2013). Telephone. Retrieved fromhttp://caspost.com/25-unexpected-discoveries-that-twisted-our-world-for-good/

Canada and Britain’s relationship

At the beginning of the 1900′s Canadians were proud to be British subjects (Cranny & moles, 2001).  The imperialists of Canada strongly supported the British.  Britain made most of Canada’s decisions, they were responsible for the Canadians.  Even after some questionable decisions by the British such as,  solving the Alaskan border dispute but with the United States.  Canada would always be on side with the British Empire.

However,  not all of Canada were imperialists.  French-speaking Canadians believed in being nationalists, they thought Canada need to be more independent (Cranny & Moles, 2001).  The leader of the nationalists was Henri Bourassa.  He was apart of Laurier’s cabinet until he resigned when Laurier started sending Canadians to fight with the British Empire (Cranny & Moles, 2001).  They believed that the British were taking away rights that weren’t their rights to take away.  Bourassa voiced his reasoning for the French-speaking Canadians when the French-language was taken out of Catholic schools in parts of Canada (Cranny & Moles, 2001).  Nationalists had reasons to not believe in the British Empire.

Canada and Britain’s relationship today is close but not as close as it was in the beginning of the 1900′s.  Today they still share the same sovereign, Queen Elizabeth ll and also the traditional parliamentary democracy.  We share a relationship of security in the military, law enforcement, and intelligence incorporation.  They share the same values such as, international development in health and education.  Together, we want to improve economical conditions, so we can continue to do international trade and investments.

Government of Canada. (2013). Canada International. Retrieved from http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/united_kingdom-royaume_uni/bilateral_relations_bilaterales/index.aspx?lang=eng

Canada and British Flags. (2013). Flags. Retrieved from http://www.crossed-flag-pins.com/Friendship-Pins/Great-Britain/Flag-Pins-Great-Britain-Canada.html

All About Me

Hello, My name is Samantha Donald.  My middle name is Elizabeth.  I like Sam better then Samantha though.  I was born here in Surrey, and have never moved.  I went to Berkshire for my elementary school life.  I’m half Filipino and the other half is Scottish. My mom is Filipino and my dad is Scottish.

I have a family of 4 including me.  My mom, my dad and my little brother.  He goes to Johnston Heights as well in grade 10. And I wish I had a dog.  My family is a psychotic soccer family everyone plays it.  I play for the Whitecaps girls team. That’s what I do everyday except Friday and Sunday so it gets pretty tiring.

My favorite things are hanging out with my friends. Going to the movies on cheap Tuesdays.  Getting frozen yogurt.  Watching all my favorite tv shows like Vampire Diaries, the Vineyard and the Fosters.  And going on vacation.

That’s me