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Dec. 17th, 2006

nakedtree

fencing!







Sep. 1st, 2006

nakedtree

(no subject)

This is just a quick recap about the meeting held the Ravine on the 22nd of August. We had a pretty good turn out since students from all different grades showed up! We had discussions about a winter time project, and also had people volunteer for the block party that was on the 27th. Although I did not attend the Blackberry Block Party, I'm pretty sure it was a successful event. I believe there were contests throughout the event, tye-dying shirts and other awesome activities.

Here are the pictures that Mr. Jackson told me take. Haha, it was really awkward to stand up and take pictures while the lady was talking but oh well, who cares!






Oh right, and enjoy the rest of summer vacation !

- Holly

Aug. 21st, 2006

kram_k

Flight 93

A couple nights ago I was watching a video on A&E named Flight 93 and boy, did it hit home!
Losing my uncle on a terrorist attack was pretty hard. I didn't really tell anyone because this was the first actual loss I had experienced. I wasn't all that close to him becuase he did live in the states and I hardly ever got to see him. We talked on the phone atleast once a month which was pretty cool...

I never really thought about anything other than losing my uncle and how I felt. But watching the movie made me stop and think. There were a few parts in the movie where I almost lost it and cried.
Flight 93 was a show pieced together from events that actually took place on September 11, 2001. Two planes hit the trade towers, one plane hit the pentagon and one plane... hit an open field. Becuase of the courage and responsibilty of many of the Flight 93 passengers, hundreds of other lives were saved.

I never really thought too much of terrorism until September 11. That's when I really discovered the power of it all. It just disturbs me to know that it was "God's Will"
In my opinion, God is pure and sacred, why would the Lord want to kill of people?

Dictionary.com defines Terrorism as The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons

Change is inevitable and so is Terrorism

I mean, if you think about all the people who died. If you think about all the kids who lost a parent or even both. If you think about the husbands who lost wives and vice versa. If you think about men who left thier unborn babies. If you think about the futures left behind and grieving mothers, fathers, spouses, siblings, cousins, etc. If you think about all of this, you'll realize how lucky you are...

USA was hit, but who's next you say? Well I predict that Canada is going to see a major blow to it's economy, social activities and to it's people. September 11 was a major milestone, but what's scary is Canada is soon going to recieve it's own date and milestone. Yikes!

I just don't understand why people would want to pursue something like Terrorism! It's scary, it hurts and nothing good is gained. Honestly, I don't see what was gained from the attacks on the towers. Satisfation may have been possibly been gained, but is being be staisfied worth killing hundreds of hundreds people?

It's just so stupid that it pisses me off!
Just thinkng about everything and everyone and espicially the little kids, just kills me...

Aug. 8th, 2006

renamemydonkey

Hiroshima

I watched the documentary about Hiroshima on The Passionate Eye just now. I remember learning about this in I think grade 3 or 4, but at the time it didn't really strike me exactly how serious and devastating the effects of the atomic bomb was. It was heartbreaking to understand and hear the survivors tell their stories of the day the bomb was dropped. All the while I could only shake my head and question why the hell we would do this to one another. The scientists who created this bomb knew that the effects would be really bad, yet they were curious as to how drastic the effects would be. The soldiers who carried out the mission, I don't think they could be blamed a hundred percent because they didn't even know what nuclear meant, or what atomic meant. They just had to carry out orders. After Japan surrendered, they showed videos of everyone celebrating in the streets of America, and then they would cut back to Hiroshima where the entire city was in ruin and scorched corpses laid everywhere. One story that made tears well up in my eyes, was when the mother of two young girls had to leave her six year old trapped under the fallen debris. As hard as she tried to free her little girl who cried out in pain she couldn't do it and the fire was spreading. She and her husband just stayed outside of their house and had to listen to their daughter plea for their help and comfort, then die. I couldn't even imagine being put in a situation like that. The black rain that fell from the sky was also something I had not remembered learning about before. It was created from all of the smoke and ash that the explosion had created. The survivors needed water, and desperately drank the black rain that fell from the sky, but they did not know that it was very highly radioactive.

Was a nuclear bomb really THAT necessary? At the end, a survivor argues that his people could not even afford to eat rice everyday, so how would they be of a great threat to the Americans? An American argues that it was the Japan's own fault for not surrendering when the Americans asked them to before any of the bombings. I agree that maybe the Japanese should have agreed to surrender much earlier before all of these lives would be changed forever, but at the same time, I don't know if the nuclear bomb killing the countless number of civilians really justifies anything. The survivor tells us that the Americans just wanted a way to test out their new radioactive weapon and that they wanted to see for themselves what the effects of the radioactivity would do to humans. I think that this is true and I totally understand why Jackson said "Kill all scientists".

To date, no other nuclear bomb has been used. Never less, I know that all around the world the most powerful countries have devastating weapons of mass destruction that most likely surpasses the consequences of Hiroshima. There's enough weapons out there to wipe out the entire world. It's a very scary thought and I really don't know what the future holds. It's just wrong to me how countries will spend billions upon billions creating and researching weapons of mass destruction instead of all of the other issues that I think matter so much more.
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Jul. 26th, 2006

jackson51

I'M BACK...

Just returned from playing in Santa Rosa, California, in an International Hockey Tournament... Outstanding teams and players. Our club placed second and took home a silver medal, not bad for a bunch of old farts... Global Warming in the U.S. of A. anyone... 110 degree temps and higher, power outs, melt downs, crazy people... glad so much to be home... So thank you Holly and Sharon and Christie for some interaction... anyone else out there care... by the way just finished another book... lovemyself...
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Jul. 15th, 2006

organized_freak

Microbiology and Immunology

I had a class at UBC about antibiotics and how they are now not working. I learned that Chemotheraputic agents are those used in the body to kill microorganism. Antibiotics are an example of these that kill bacteria. Many antibiotics have been identified, but only less than 1% are clinically useful. The second World War stimulated the use of antibiotics to save soldier who were dying of infection.

I learned how antibiotics were found. In 1896, a French student saw penicillin growing on a plate and killing bacteria, but didn’t investigate it. In 1928, penicillin was “re-discovered” by Alexander Flemming. It was the first antibiotic. It is considered to be the most important discovery in the field of medicine. The fungus that grew on plates got rid of the bacteria around it. Flemming new his discovery was important because it could control bacteria, but he could not purify the compound and he abandoned his work in 1931. In 1939 Howard Florey and Earnest Chain developed a process for large-scale production and purification of penicillin. It was first used to control infections for men in the military. In 1945, at the end of the second World War, it was available for the public to use. Flemming, Florey, and Chain got the Nobel Prize for their work. Penicillin became the “wonder drug” and saved millions of lives. Antibiotics are produced by fungi, and scientist don’t know why bacteria would create something that can kill themselves. Antibiotics stop the growing of, or kill other microorganisms.

Antibiotics kill bacteria in cells by stopping the bacteria from making protein, which kills them. Or by stopping them from replicating, which stops the disease. Antibiotics became extremely successful against killing bacteria (not viruses). In 1969 the US Surgeon General said “It’s time to close the book on infectious diseases.” Now we know, this cannot be done. Bacteria gained resistance to antibiotics soon after they were discovered. There are three major reasons why this happened. First, doctors prescribed it to patients to much because they thought it could solve all the problems. Second, people misused antibiotics by stopping after taking them and feeling better, or using them to much. Third, antibiotics are used in food production. Antibiotics are given to animals and sprayed on the food we eat. Bacteria that became resistant to antibiotics could pass the resistance through replicating or just pass their DNA to close-by bacteria. Bacteria became resistant to the antibiotics so quickly because they mutated to survive. Every organism does that, but the bacteria muted in such a short period of time because they replicate so fast. I forget who, but someone said “It’s our wits verses their genes.” Meaning, there will always be more of them, because they can reproduce faster, but we have brains and we have to use our wits to beat them and survive. Survival of the fittest. Now, all bacteria is resistance to at least 1 antibiotic. A “Superbug” is defined as a bacterial infection that resists more than 1 antibiotic.

In 2002, 89 new drugs were approved, but none of them were antibacterial. It takes 500 million dollars and 10 years to develop an antibiotic. It only takes 1 year until bacteria become resistant to it, and 2 years until is cannot be used anymore. That means the pharmaceutical company only has 3 years to make 500 million dollars. This is inefficient, so the top 5 pharmaceutical companies have stopped production of antibiotics. It takes 10 years to get a drug on the market because the discovery and screening takes 5 years. The phase 1 clinical trials take 1.5 years. This is when they give the drug to 10-100 people and see how safe it is. The phase 2 clinical trials take 2 years. This is when they give it to people with the disease and see if it works. The phase 3 clinical trials take 3.5 years. This is when 300-3000 people with the disease take the drug. Then the FDA review the drug which takes 1.5 years. One point made in the class was how do we test drugs for children? We can’t test the drugs on animals because they wont work like the will in human. For example, if you give aspirin to a cat, it dies. So we need to test on humans, but who will let a drug company test a new drug on their own child? Many pharmaceutical companies are moving away from developing new antibiotics and going towards making “lifestyle” drugs, like Viagra or weight loss drugs.

New antibiotics are needed to stop the bacterial resistance, fight new diseases, and stop bioterrorism. Now, scientists are looking at how animals fight bacterial infections, since they do it naturally and don’t have to buy drugs. Plants, insects, and amphibians get bacterial infections, and they make their own antibiotics to fight the bacteria. Scientists are now trying to see if these would work in humans too.

We can slow down antibiotic resistance by not using antibiotics for viral infections, and only using antibiotics when we really need them. By completely finishing the course of antibiotic doses when needed. And, but not using antibiotics in animals to make them gain more weight and become bigger.

We can prevent infection by washing our hands with plain soap and water, not antibacterial soap. By not sharing equipment with others if you have an infection. By using separate plates and utensils for uncooked and cooked foods-stop cross-contamination. For example, if you put an uncooked chicken on a plate, cook it, and put it back on the same plate, there was no point in cooking it. Using vaccines to prevent infection.

Bacterial infections are a major problem. We had a solution, but it’s not working anymore. Now we have to be careful. The Pharmaceutical companies are not making antibiotics anymore because they are loosing to much money, and there is no guarantee that they will work. Like said above, we need to use our wits to fight off bacteria and come up with another solution, or we will become infected and have nothing to save us from it.

-Sharan
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Jul. 12th, 2006

nakedtree

(no subject)

I started reading a lot of books lately, and would you believe it or not.. I even started reading one of your books Mr.J! So yea, I started reading Vector a few days ago, and it's pretty interesting!

- Holly.
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jackson51

"READING"

Hello out there, just finished my ...... third book..... thank you, thank verrry much... Just put Resistance to bed and now starting Patent to Kill...
Any others out there???
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Jul. 9th, 2006

renamemydonkey

The World According to Bush

I remembered that the Passionate Eye was on when I turned on the TV at 10:30 tonight. It's a really, really, really great documentary. Even though I was exhausted from the last two days that were so physically demanding (I've never done so much heavy lifting in my life!) I managed to stay awake and watch it. There are so many things that I've learned from it that make me so furious! Which is why I'm staying up even later to post this (on my computer that's now in my sister and I's room! hehe) Anyway, I'm going to try and see if I can find this documentary and download it onto a disc or something so that we can watch it when we get back to school. The things that Bush and the people around him have done to manipulate and take advantage of everyone is so outrageous (exactly how that guy who was 85 years old in the documentary said!). I don't even know where to begin with the things that have just been revealed to me. I know I'm going to have trouble sleeping tonight.

Another thing that bugged me a bit, was that I started watching it in our very "cosy" (which means jam packed haha) living room and my family just had total disregard that I was there watching something that was important to me. I understand if they don't have an interest in it or if they aren't in the mood, but I mean, my mom was turning the TV on and off while I was watching because she was "testing the remote" even after I had asked her to test it during the commercial or to let me do it during the commercial. Even while I was watching it she would say things to me and the first time I calmly said "Could you tell me during the commercial please?" but she did this countless times throughout the program =( Finally I moved into our own room to not be bothered. It just bothers me that there are serious things that are jepordizing our future and there are people who just really don't care. She seemed to act like what I was watching was not important. I don't know, I try and tell her small bits of what I've been learning but she just shrugs and goes "so?" and this makes me really sad that she doesn't care. Although, I'm just really glad that through Leadership we talk about these issues and that we'll be delving in it deeper together in Grade 11.
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Jul. 6th, 2006

organized_freak

The Golden Spruce

I just finished reading “The Golden Spruce - A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed” by John Vaillant. It’s about a man named Grant Hadwin who is a timber scout in British Columbia. In 1997 he cut down a 300-year-old Sitka Spruce Tree that was 50 metres tall and was rare because it was covered in golden-colored needles instead of green. What was strange was that Hadwin wanted to save the forests of B.C. and he cut down the Golden Spruce in an environmental protest. What he did horrified the entire community and was reported all over Canada. The tree was a scientific marvel, beloved by loggers in the area, and was sacred to the Haida people. After cutting down the tree, Hadwin disappeared and is still missing to this day.

Scientists say that the Spruce was Golden because of a lack of chlorophyl (what makes the green color in plants) in the leaves. Although this is possible, it is almost impossible that a tree with this problem, could survive so well, and be completely healthy and so large. Scientists said there is a chemical reaction that must be taking place inside the tree that allows it to reflect light and still stay alive. Other trees lacking chlorophyl just reflect light and they soon die. So although there is a reason for the color of the tree, the mystery is how it could stay alive a prosper.

After the Golden Spruce was cut down, many people tired to regrow the tree using grafting. Where you take a part of the tree and attach it to a part of another tree and wait for them to fuse together and grow. This was done at UBC and today two 4 metre tall Golden Sitka Spruces exist in the community where the Golden Spruce once was. Only this time, the trees are protected with fencing and wire to make sure no one can cut these ones down. People in the town suggested making a totem pole out of the stump or native masks out of the Golden Spruce to commemorate it. There was also an idea to make guitars out of it that the natives could use, since Sitka Spruce is the best kind of wood for making acoustic guitars. But, no one has made anything from the stump maybe as respect for the dead, or because the stump has now become a nurse tree and is home to many other life forms.

Grant Hadwin said, “We tend to focus on the individual trees, like the Golden Spruce, while the rest of the forests are being slaughtered.” This was the reason he cut down the Golden Spruce. He was frustrated with people for admiring one tree, while ignoring the problem of the earth losing so many forests because of extreme logging and clear-cutting. If I could meet Grant Hadwin, I would tell him that his strong passion for nature had become so overpowering that it had clouded his mind and drove him to do crazy things. I would tell him to control his emotions, whether they be anger, frustration, or love, because if they are not controlled, they control you and make you do desperate things. I would tell him that although he had a cause and he was frustrated with the world, the way he dealt with his problem was wrong. I think there is a better way to make change than doing what he did. Even though he tried to make a point, I would say there is no justification for cutting down the rare, beautiful, and beloved Golden Spruce that way a ray of light on this dark, depressing earth.

The book also talks about the unique habitat of the Queen Charlotte Islands, also called Haida Gwaii, home to the Haida people. “Haida” in their language laterally means “The People”. And “Haida Gwaii” means “Land of the People”. The book talks about the violent history of Natives meeting with Europeans, trading, and the hunt for furs. Much of this is mentioned in our socials textbook and we already studied it this year. But, in the book it says that after the most of the Natives were murdered by disease and smallpox, the ones who survived looked for jobs in white society. Many became loggers and had to cut down trees they thought to be sacred. After many Native children, including Haida children were sent to residential schools and lost their culture, the Haida language was almost extinct. Today, only 20 people in the world can speak the Haida language fluently and the youngest person who speaks it is 50 years old. Now, the Haida people are begging to rebuild their lost culture and get in touch with their roots. Their population is rising in Haida Gwaii. It is still hard for them to live like they did in the past when they are being subsidized by the government. Right now they are fighting for possession of all of the Queen Charlotte Islands since it all used to be home to the Haida people. In the book, it says that the reason being so much conflict between the Europeans and the Native was that both groups of people had violent histories and both never saw the other group as being legitimately human. The book shows that the Natives were also very violent with other Native groups as well as the Europeans. This passage from the book makes it seem like both cultures had the same flaws and they were destined to be in conflict from the first time they meet. I agree that the Natives and Europeans could not be cooperative with everything that went on between them, but I am in favor of the Natives. Even if they too were violent and arrogant like the Europeans, the Europeans were the ones who traded unfairly and in the end, killed almost all the natives.

The book describes the logging lifestyle and how popular and dangerous logging was in Western Canada. It is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, and it is the one that so many Canadians had in the 1900's. Most loggers started when they weren’t even finished high school and were killed before they were 30. Freak accidents were not uncommon in the logging industry, like a piece of wood going straight through you. Most of these young loggers were paid between 50-100 thousand dollars in the first year of the job. A logger once said “But even dropping the little ones[trees]-I get a thrill. I’ll never get tired of it, I’ve been hurt; I’ve had guys killed right next to me. But I guess that’s why the pay us the way they do.”

The book talks about how 60% of the forest in B.C. has been cut down, compared to 90% in the U.S. states. Many trees that are hundreds or thousands of years old have been cut down, and because of erosion, can never be able to grow there again for generations. We are using our trees like they will never run out and now we are seeing the destruction of clear-cutting. If we don’t slow down, and come up with a way to use trees sustainably (if possible), we will run out of lumber that is not protected in provincial parks and we will soon have a lack of our number one resource that has brought western Canada so much wealth. The book says that people came to B.C. for the sea otter, for furs, but the timber is why they stayed.

In the book it mentions that, “...tree farms and big-box stores have a lot in common: What they lack in long-term character, beauty or “soul”, they gain in alleged efficiency and cost-effectiveness. It is a side effect of capitalism, the roots of which reach down into our collective attitudes towards nature and the life cycle.”Our Society is spiraling into a completely capitalistic frame of mind. Everyday, efficiency and cost-effectiveness is being gained, while beauty and “soul” is being lost. We can see this is business, workers being replaced by machines, and people in power abandoning ethics for more profit.

I found The Golden Spruce to be a dispiriting read. When faced with the history of Western Canada, I saw it to be violent, immoral, unethical, and filled with greed and capitalism. Our past actions were in complete defiance with nature and what we should have been doing; protecting and cherishing the wild around us. Instead we violate it. I leave the book thinking that unless we stop our selfish and destructive behavior, we will end up murdering what makes our home rare in the eyes of the world. The things we take for granted will be gone and we will be faced with the consequences of or actions with no one to blame but ourselves. Past Canadians experience of nature was a destructive one. We viewed the nature around us as an abundant, unlimited resource that we could take from forever. We did not protect it. We thought it was greater than us and it would live on no matter what we do to it. We still think all of these things today. We used the natural resources around us to build the economy of B.C. Logging and fishing is what brought us wealth. We depend so much on the nature around us even today for our wealth yet we do not think to be sustainable. We see ourselves as being more important than everything, including nature. We cannot put ourselves second and let go of our selfish wants to see the bigger picture.

-Sharan
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renamemydonkey

Stealing Coke's Secrets

Three people (one who was a Coke employee) have  been charged for stealing confidential information from the Coke company and for trying to sell it to PepsiCo. They also stole a sample of a new Coke product as well. The confidential information was in the form of papers and documents, in which the employee was caught on videotape stealing. However, when the "trade secrets" were offered to PepsiCo, they did not open the envelope and immediately called their "rival", Coke, to notify them of what had happened. Immediately after, Coke contacted the FBI and launched a thorough investigation.

A few things about this article that I found interesting was the fact that "A spokesman would not say if Williams has been fired.". Williams was the Coke employee that was caught stealing this information on video tape. What strikes me odd is the fact that the company talks about a breach of trust and being vigilant, why wouldn't they just fire him and tell the public? I mean, maybe they did fire him, but it's what we would expect nonetheless, so why not make it public? 

Another aspect of this case that was interesting was how in the video, they say that Pepsi didn't even open the envelope with the information in it and called it's so called "rival" right away. I agree that it was the "smart" thing to do, but many other reasons behind this decision played in my head. Obviously they know that this would be a very high profile case, given that these companies are so huge. So they knew that it would definately make them look great and that they "do the right thing" in the eyes of the general public. I think they weighed which decision would benefit them the most. If they gave into the temptaion, and their decision backfired, it would cause so much turmoil for the company and I'm sure they didn't want to risk that. 

Another weird explanation that crossed my mind was what if these two companies who pose as "rivals" are actually run by the same people? That could explain why Pepsi called Coke straight away. Before when I checked out the Coke company more, I was in awe at how many products are "coke products" that I didn't even know were. I hate how it feels like they want to take advantage of us thinking we have such a huge range of choice, and then coming up with so many different products so that no matter what, we'd end up supporting them. So then if there's these "rival" companies, it helps them create brand loyalty. I've heard countless times people saying if they prefer coke or pepsi over the other, and they refuse to drink the other. However, if they are the same company, it doesn't really matter which one people "prefer" because they're supporting the same people anyway. Things like the "Pepsi Taste Challenge" seem to help further this brand loyalty. I know it could seem like a far-fetched idea, but hey, with these companies, I wouldn't be surprised if it were true.

You could read the article yourself here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13722797/
and there's also a link to a CNBC video that discusses this case.

-Christie
ps Jackson, what subject matter tag should I put on this?

Jul. 5th, 2006

renamemydonkey

The Active Page

Finally received the Galiano Island newspaper thingy called "The Active Page" in the mail today. Our little thank you is near the front =) I'll be sure to bring it in when we get back!

-Christie

jackson51

Anyone out there???

Is anyone out there? or are you the lamest lovemyselves ever... just finished my second book in two weeks... Three Day Road which I gave to Mr. Castilho to take to Spain with him... and my second book Pandemic, which Nicole (Music on world off) has also read... already started my third you bunch of beauties... anyway still waiting for stuff... Mr. J
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Jun. 29th, 2006

renamemydonkey

Ready to Rock'n Roll

As Jackson said, everything's all ready to go!

Just a few things I wanted to say. First off, at the end of your post, if you could sign your name that would be great (at least in the beginning until everyone remembers who everyone is).

Secondly, the community's User Info Page will be very handy! I have organized a list of "Who's Who" as well as an easy way to navigate through posts via their Subject matter or by each Leader. Whenever you post, I will put the proper tag on your post so that they will appear under the corresponding categories.

To go to this community's userinfo page, you can:
1. At the main page, click on "The Lovemyselves" on the right column
2. Click on the IMAGE on the left side of "leadership_08"




Happy Posting!!!
-Christie

jackson51

Let's get started...

All right you beauties I up and ready to go soooo start rolling off the the good stuff...
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Jun. 27th, 2006

jackson51

Yello!

Jackson here, a couple of things need to be said... like who are you that are writing in to this site??? anounce yourself so I know who you are... Also to whom it may concern... what's wrong with a book club ???
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Jun. 25th, 2006

renamemydonkey

Manual Lawnmowing this Summer =)

Jackson had an idea for a fundraiser that we could take on this summer. We would go around the neighborhood with manual reel lawnmowers, and while raising money and raising awareness on eco-friendly alternatives, we'd be taking action in doing our part to save the earth.

Before you start thinking about the things you've heard people say about manual lawn mowers and how they're "so hard to push", I've just been to several sites that say that myth is not true. It takes as much effort to push a manual mower than it is a heavy motorized mower. However, the manual mowers are very lightweight compared to the motorized ones.

I'll talk to Jackson about it more this week and hopefully we'll be able to get this thing started. However, before we could actually make this happen, I was wondering if you guys are in favour of doing this, this summer? We'd have schedules made up so everyone would do their fair share, but if it's a problem, then please post it here.

Also, just comment on what you think about this idea, too as we would need everyone behind this one if we want it to work.

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UPDATE

Talked to Jackson about it today, looks like we're gonna try and get this thing going next year. We'll be applying for grants and whatnot to get funding to purchase the manual lawnmowers =)

Jun. 23rd, 2006

jackson51

Eco Journals

Your Eco journals in grade 11 are going to be scrutinized in a more critical way.  Marks will be given based upon creative research and observations.  Your personal input is critical.  Subject matter will also be important especially if you start to build links from a central theme.  Taking a topic that interests you and exploring all the multi facets that connect to that central theme will bring a higher return.  Remember that this summer is a great opportunity to get some early marks so take advantage of it and do try to discipline yourselves to read a little each day... books are available so READ...   

Jun. 22nd, 2006

kram_k

Reminders!

EXAMS!

English 10 Provincial: June 23 - 9 to 11AM - GYM
Math 10 Provincial: June 26 - 9 to 11AM - GYM
Science 10 Provincial: June 28th - 9 to 11AM - GYM

Also, a reminder to Sonny and Hayden... TEXTBOOKS!

That is all,
-Kevin

Jun. 21st, 2006

renamemydonkey

Born Into Brothels

I actually saw this movie a while ago, but we talked about it a bit today at school and Jackson said that it'd be perfect for an ecojournal. For those of you who don't know what it is, it is a documentary about a woman, Zana Briski, who is a photographer that ends up teaching a class about photography for the children who live in the red light district. Originally she was in Calcutta for her own work, taking pictures of these childrens' mothers. The mothers of these children are prostitutes, and for many of the young girls, that was to be their future as well. However, she started getting to know their children better and they seemed to have an interest in what she was doing so she bought 20 cameras and started teaching them the basics of photography.

I think it was great because through photography these children were able to express themselves and look at their environment in a different way. I was also pretty impressed because they are actually quite talented. With these photographs, Zana made them available to the whole world and wanted to sell them in order to raise money for the children's educations. It was difficult for her to find boarding schools that would take some of the children because their mother's were prostitutes, but she was able to find a place for everyone. Although, a few of the children still were not able to stay in school for personal reasons or their guardian's reasons.

It was really heartbreaking to see a snapshot of the different things these children had to face in their everyday life. It makes me feel stupid anytime I complain about the things that happen in my life, because I realize how fortunate each of us is, despite all of the things we go through. If Zana had not been a part of their lives, many would not even have had a chance to have an education and a better life.

What Zana has done is phenomenal because she had given these children hope and something they can truly feel proud of. She has brought awareness to the innocent children who need help. She even started a foundation called Kids With Cameras to continue to help the children in Born Into Brothels. Other photographers are also getting out there to teach more children about photography.

I highly reccomend seeing the film. I own the DVD myself, and there's a bit of a lineup of people who wish to borrow it, but if you'd like to borrow it, just let me know. Even if you'd like to rent it, it's worth it. Born Into Brothels won an Academy Award (Oscar) for best documentary as well!

~Christie

Some links you may want to check out:
http://www.thinkfilmcompany.com/brothels/
http://www.kids-with-cameras.org/home/

Below are a few of my favourite pictures by the kids =)




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