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Polar Bears In Canada – Don’t Let Them Go Extinct! — May 29, 2015

Polar Bears In Canada – Don’t Let Them Go Extinct!

A few years ago I did a Heritage Fair project on polar bears in Canada. Did you know that Canada is home to over 16,000 polar bears?

A few interesting facts about polar bears are things like the fact that polar bear fur is actually hollow to provide better insulation, or that there’s an International Polar Bear Day on February 27.

When I did my project as an example we had a stuffed polar bear toy and a cooking pan of yes, real ice. That seemed to be the only thing anyone cared about asking questions about. “Is that real ice?” “Yeah, it is.” “How is it frozen?” “Uhhhhh…….In a freezer?” Yup. Those were pretty much the only questions I got. That or all the little kids wanted to know if they could touch it.

They live in B.C. in Canada. You would think those kids had seen “real ice” before.

Anyway it makes for a great story now.

But a big problem with polar bears is that they are becoming endangered.

Because of Global Warming and the only recently cancelled polar bear trade more and more are dying and less are being born because the ice where they live is melting. It’s a serious issue that not nearly enough people know about.

If you believe in Global Warming being real and a very bad thing and you want to help save the polar bears make sure the message gets out that something has to be done. Thank you from these cute little guys.Jess- polar bears

Author: Jessica

Connecting with our past, learning through their experiences — May 27, 2015

Connecting with our past, learning through their experiences

Many of us may wonder every time we walk in to our social studies classroom: “Why do we need to learn about things that is already in the past?” and question how it might relate to us. After all, this all happened hundreds of years ago and are of no relevance to us right? Not quite so. Our predecessors have more in common with us than you might think, and learning from their mistakes and successes, we can save ourselves a lot of trouble.

I recognize that without actual proof, my point would be meaningless to you all that are reading this blog, so here is one quick example. Have you ever thought that things weren’t fair and there needs to be a change? And to top it off, none of the authorities seem to approve of your plan. You’re feeling frustrated and feel that you need to do something to change their minds. Now you are wondering what you can do to grab their attention, your friends tell you that you should go smash windows and graffiti walls to grab attention, you think it might not be such a bad idea! You did what they said with a couple of your friends and bam, now you’re just a teenage punk and no one will ever listen to what you have to say ever again. Our predecessor Mahatma Gandhi lived in a period where India was still a British colony. I won’t go into the details to bore you, but to sum it up, the living conditions for the locals were pretty bad, and he felt that there needs to be change. But he didn’t go smash windows, he led a peaceful protest and eventually won India independence to be their own country. We can see from his example that the most powerful voice is one that is steadfast, unwavering, yet unprovocative or violent. Gandhi’s success is an excellent example to us and we would do well to follow in his footsteps next time you feel like your rights are being overstepped, or that you have been wronged in any way.

For those of you that are stubborn and claim that it was a mere coincidence, here’s a second example. In the year of 383 AD, in China, the kingdom of Qin, the king and general FuJian readied his grand army of 700,000 men (400,000 regular drafted troops, 270,000 elite troops, and 30,000 royal guards.) and plans to invade the Kindom of Jin. The kingdom of Jin only had a mere 80,000 troops that was able to answer the call. The troops of Qin were in high spirits and thought they were unstoppable, making their plans and manoeuvers sloppy, while the troops of Jin were calm and collected. During the battle, the commanders of Jin cleverly exploited many mistakes in the Qin army’s plan and thoroughly crushed the Qin army. The Qin army estimated over 600,000 dead over the course of the battle and ended as a grand victory by the Jin Army. This tragic event teaches us that no matter what we think, or however confident we are, we should never underestimate our opponents, be it human or objects like tests we have to prepare for. Be earnest and steadfast and you will certainly achieve success!

Author: Daniel

The 2015 Provincial Fair Alumni Delegation — May 3, 2015

The 2015 Provincial Fair Alumni Delegation

I’m pleased to officially announce our Alumni Delegation to the Victoria Provincial Heritage Fair of 2015! We had another wonderfully successful Alumni Program this year, and I would be tickled pink if all the Alumni students in this year’s program remained engaged in their Heritage Fair communities come September. Each and every one of the students on the Council have contributed in meaningful ways through blog posts, projects, homework, discussion, and support for their Regional Fairs. We had a number of strong candidates this year and it was a difficult decision to narrow it down to our 6 Alumni representatives. However, without further ado, below are the students of our 2015 Alumni Delegation:

Tristen           Richmond Region

Emily T.         South Vancouver Island

Emily M.         Vancouver Region

Jack               Sea to Sky

Daniel             Rivers to Sea

Anisha            Delta

I am excited to be working with both these terrific students as well as our Provincial Fair Alumni Coordinator Iris this year. The Provincial Fair will be held in Victoria at the Royal BC Museum and I know there are some great out trips planned as well! The Alumni Delegation will be keeping everyone up-to-date on the goings on of the preparation days, host-city trips, and the Fair day itself through this blog. So keep your eyes peeled in July for updates, profiles, photographs, and much much more!