Week 4: It’s starting to get Interesting

Beyond the Text:
Harpers Bill on crime is definitely a debate buzzing across the country. Even as I notice this image, I wonder how this issue was/is discussed, and where and how Harper’s decision to continue with this plan is supported.
For those that might not agree with this image, let it be explained:
“The cartoon uses hyperbole to point out that some of the most vulnerable populations, and also those most susceptible to incarceration, are people suffering from some form of mental illness, or those living in social housing. In any case, both mental illness and residents of social housing are common characteristics of Canada’s most poor populations.” as noted by my previous co-worker. Ultimately, the Prime Minister’s new bill targets these people without helping to address the root causes of the problem. I will suggest a report to read in the Media Analysis portion for further discussion.

Media Analysis:
A major news item includes the German parliament agreeing to expand the Euro fund to support the 17-nations from a financial crisis. There are a couple news items for the business invested students. The German parliament voted in favour of expanding their powers to bailout Greece. The full story is below:

Another interesting note is an opinion piece from Margaret Wente from the Globe and Mail. Just to add to the idea of how and why the Euro Dollar is failing.

An under reported story, might be considered:
A report titled “The Dollars and Sense of Solving Poverty” was released from the National Council of Welfare recently. It mentions some very provocative discussion pieces, noting that the current government spends $24.4 Billion on social issues. The report mentions that half that amount, if utilized, can be used to lift the 3 million Canadians in poverty now, out of poverty. Interesting facts from CBC: 80% of women incarcerated right now are there because they could not pay a fine. The little reasons for putting someone in jail can be avoided if the money was used to support some of the most basic needs. The link provided below has more information. It think it’s an interesting debate that more Canadians should consider, if nothing else but to support our need for a healthy, educated society.

Research Discovery:
I wasn’t able to watch the full story on the fifth estate story “You should have stayed at home,” (you can view the full story on the Youtube link below) but the other research discovery for this week includes reporting on the Sisters in Spirit event on October 4th, 2011. This is especially an interesting event that brings attention to raising awareness about violence against aboriginal women in Canada. Something like 800 aboriginal women were reported missing and murdered by suspicious cause, and not much has been done about them. It is a case that our federal government refuses to support, and so grassroots organizations have been coming together to include stories about these cases, to raise awareness about what is going on to citizens of our country. The Native Women’s Association of Canada has information in this link: http://www.nwac.ca/programs/sisters-spirit

You Should have Stayed at Home: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUjY_cCjnD0&NR=1

Reflective Journal:
It is definitely interesting to learn things in a “Canadian” context, rather than my own Nunavut specific scope or perspective. As much as I am learning from these classes, I feel that I am teaching some things about a different way of “Canadian” living, from a small community that happens to be situated in the north. I am learning some things I don’t think I would have gotten hadn’t I come to University, so I welcome the opportunity to learn about the greater context of societal living, as I hope my classmates are too. It’s been great.

Question of the week:
Is it time for a National Poverty Strategy? What do you think?


About Kerri

I am a tiny Inuk lady who chose to attend Acadia University for the academic year of 2011. This is a blog pertains to weekly assignments, particularly in the Introduction into Law, Politics and Government class.
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