Comment on Socials DOL #2- Independent Inquiry by aislyn

I really like how you begin your post with laying out the facts of the CPR! It sets up your investigation for an ethical and balanced assessment of perspective without turning away any reader with a specific perspective on the issue. I also really liked your exploration of how our modern values differ from the values at the time of the CPR construction. It was interesting to read about how although the standards regarding race and equality were congruent with the treatment of CPR workers, similar events simply would not be acceptable in our current western society.

I connected to your work through the Head Tax and what came as acts of ‘reconciliation’ afterwords. We both found that there has been some action taken to begin to heal the wounds of tax payer’s descendants, and I definitely feel like we are not even close to reaching a place where the aftermath of the Head Tax has been appropriately acknowledged and the affected parties supported sufficiently.

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Comment on DOL 2: John A. Macdonald by aislyn

Lucas, you did an amazing job with balancing various views on John A. Macdonald without being aggressive or unreasonably judgemental. There was an excellent mix of paragraphs with Macdonald represented as a progressive, compassionate leader and with Macdonald represented by his genocidal, racist, and oppressive actions. This made it feel comfortable to read your piece regardless of the perspective of the reader while still getting the facts and a healthy comparison.
You also made strong connections to the present state of politics in Canada. Providing an opportunity for this understanding allows for an answer to the crucial ‘but why?’ question. There is historical and contemporary relevance in your piece!

I connected to your investigation through the Chinese Head Tax, and what Macdonald’s actions (and lack thereof) meant for the treatment of Chinese Canadians through the Chinese Immigration act. Without stepping between the racism of parliament at the time and their power to affect the lives of Chinese citizens, Macdonald in many ways is an essential contributor to the historic oppression of Chinese Canadians. At the same time, my biography project is about Nellie McClung, so it was interesting for me to see your connection between Macdonald’s progressive take on women and voting to the work of Nellie McClung.

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Comment on In Depth Post #4 by aislyn

I’m very proud of myself for not hitting anything, yes! I think that it would be valuable for us to have a discussion at the beginning of our next lesson before I start driving so I can focus on what I want to get across without having my attention on the road. I would also like to be able to have continued discussions as my goals progress, and for this purpose I would like to establish a more casual environment where we are comfortable with discussing my progress and proximity to my goals without a formal setting. This will likely come as I become able to function on the road in a more routine way, when the basic vehicle functions become more comfortable for me and I can maneuver myself in a more routine manner so that I can facilitate a light discussion at the same time.

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Comment on Talons English 10: View and Respond #1 by aislyn

We may only begin to reject the single stories in our lives once we come to take ownership of that which we consume, search for answers, and begin to be inquisitive. We cannot remove ourselves from partial truths until we actively strive to. As Ngozi Achidi expresses in her Ted Talk, our susceptibility to the information we absorb demonstrated how “impressionable and vulnerable we are in the face of a story” (1:45). When we consume information from any source it is a responsibility on us to follow through with logic inquisition, ensure that the stories we are painting for ourselves about other people are as accurate as possible. It is an active pursuit rather than passive, that in using the skills we have acquired through our life experiences to be critical of our sources. It is also important, however, that we embrace opposing stances and do not simply expose ourselves to that which makes us comfortable, and that we agree with. Finding diversity in our stories involves finding diversity in our sources. It is important to recognize that if we allow ourselves to “show a people as one thing, and only one thing, that is what they become”(9:25).

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Comment on Ted Talk: How To Help Someone With Mental Illness by aislyn

Using an analogy as your hook was a good way to introduce your topic. The way that you spoke about empathy provided a nice staple for your viewer! You expressed that there are cover ups, and how to look past those covers, which was a good way to connect your audience to the victim of mental health. It was great to hear about the importance of not making assumptions. It was important to hear about why actions have implications on those who are suffering. You effectively emphasized that taking them seriously and not undermining them is very important! It was great to see some common missteps around triggers addressed. I really liked the way that you encouraged your audience to educate themselves, and you reflected back on the viewer’s own health, which is often overlooked! Awesome Talk! I wonder about why you think that people still continue to use ‘triggered’ as a joke? Do you think that there is there a reason for that insensitivity?

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