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It's not my Fault
Canada is, by any measure, an immigrant country. Yet it recent years two trends have combined to cause stress on the fabric of Canadian society. A fault line has opened up between new Canadians who have recently arrived and those who have longer roots in the country. This fault causes social frictions, as the mores and ethics of Canadian society are influenced by the newcomers, and by the many newcomers who have difficulty adjusting to certain aspects of Canadian society. This paper will take a closer look at some of these issues, in particular with reference to the provinces and cities most shaped by immigration -- Vancouver (BC) and Toronto (Ontario).
In surveys of the cities with the strongest immigrant influence, Vancouver and Toronto routinely make the list, joining the likes of Dubai, Miami and Hong Kong. Even major world cities like London and New York --….
Carlino, J. (2001). Knowledge spillovers: Cities' role in the new economy. Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Retrieved November 24, 2013 from http://www.philadelphiafed.org/research-and-data/publications/business-review/2001/q4/brq401gc.pdf
Friesen, J. (2011). Canada near top in integrating immigrants. Social Policy in Ontario. Retrieved November 24, 2013 from http://spon.ca/canada-near-top-in-integrating-immigrants-survey-says/2011/02/28/
Lau, A. (2012). Shark fin fight with Vancouver Animal Defense League. Huffington Post. Retrieved November 24, 2013 from http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/08/23/david-chung-shark-fin-fig_n_1825652.html
Mann, J. (2013). Racial divides are blurring, but we're not quite ready to embrace a colourless experience. Vancouver Province. Retrieved November 24, 2013 from http://www.theprovince.com/news/racism/Guest+column+Racial+divides+blurring+quite+ready+embrace/9054542/story.html
Geography, The Study of the Earth
What are the most important things you have learned in geography this semester and how does a knowledge of geography have survival value for American citizens?"
Many people might think geography is a boring and unimportant subject -- they are wrong. The first role of Geography is the study of our earth, countries, landmasses, water, minerals and natural resources. Geography is a science that opens the world to be studied. There is a branch of this science called Cultural and Human Geography. This deals with people and their environment - from cities to transportation to religion to food. Another branch is agricultural Geography which studies the crops and domesticated animals of the planet needed to provide food to sustain the various populations. All of these together form the syllabus of Geography taught in many schools today and it what makes Geography relevant, interesting and important.
Livingstone's Geographical Tradition -- Should the history of geography be rated X
This is the first intellectual history of a subject that over the last five centuries has played a significant role in the development of Western civilization. The author describes the activities of the explorers and map-makers of Renaissance and early modern Europe; the role of geography during the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment and the Darwinian Revolution; and the interactions between geography and empire building in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Throughout the book the development of geographical thought and practice is portrayed against the broader social and intellectual context of the times.
Since 1945 activity in the subject has been intense: David Livingstone provides a critical account of the trends, developments and occasional revolutions by which geography has emerged as a multi-faceted discipline offering unique and revealing perspectives on a wide range of pressing social and environmental issues. Livingstone….
As these new paradigms evolved in the field of geographic studies, a change that affected the entire field was the influence of the scientific method. Because the discipline was strongly regimented against the acceptance of new beliefs these changed erupted slowly in individual papers published from different researchers. The apparent dissatisfaction with the current scientific trends which existed after the war was general and far reaching motivation toward these changes. Acceptance of the scientific method's influence was termed a growth in "systematic studies." After the desires for a more systematic approach to geographic studies took hold, geographers searched to identify a focus. Because geography is essentially a study of distance, and the means by which civilizations spanned the distances between them, the study of special systems was applied to the science. According to Haggett's schema for studying special systems, there are 6 elements: movement, channels for the movement to travel, central nodes, hierarchies of nodes, surfaces (geographic relief) and finally diffusion of movement which control the development of social organizations. (p. 95)
To this schema was added the influence of behavioralistic motivations. After all, men are creatures which can be studied on the basis of habit and behavior. The influence of mankind's desires to establish goals and specific behaviors must also be taken into account. Land use decisions, mental maps, and the desire to gain a more universal knowledge ultimately influenced civilization's spread across the globe in specific ways. As man's behavioral tendencies were added into the equation, modern trends became troublesome to geographers.
In the modern era, (from 1960 onward) mankind was in the process of an economic and ecological decline which geographers had not experiences prior. They became concerned that man was creating a severe state of frustration, even survival crisis, these conditions could only be solved by advancing nations, and that at the current rate of social advance would create severe ecological and geographic implications. In America and the west in general, the cultural revolution lead these doomsday theories to be accepted much more quickly into the mainstream geological studies. Since the late 70's, the study has returned to its snail pace for change, locking into its paradigm much of the 70's radicalism. The final chapter of the book, since it was published in 1979, is an evaluation of the radicals' influence, and an evaluation from within the study of where the science will go from the point of the author's writing.
The existence of geographical features profoundly influences a nation's development.
One geographical feature that determines a nation's development is the presence or absence of natural resources. Consider how the presence of natural resources impacts the nations of Japan and Portugal. Natural resources are typically defined as land or raw materials; they occur naturally within environments that exist relatively undisturbed by man, in a natural form. Japan has very few mineral natural resources, with the result that it is the world's largest importer of coal and liquefied natural gas, as well as the second largest importer of oil. Japan does however have an abundance of fish. Portugal on the other hand has a long list of natural resources: fish, cork forests, iron ore, copper, zinc, tin, tungsten, silver, gold, uranium, marble, clay, gypsum, salt, arable land, and hydropower. A country's natural resources can make or break its economy. The quantity of….
Geography relates to more than what common belief assumes it does. It covers climate, environment, natural elevations, but it also addresses peoples' habitual conditions, that is to say how people live, how space is used for working environments, etc. Thus, learning about France from a geographical perspective does not only enable one to gain knowledge of the weather and climate, but indeed about its people and the social conditions in the country.
Preconceptions can indeed be subverted based on geographical knowledge. Human geography that deals with various cultural elements such as religion, language, etc., may determine one to change opinions over the French people and culture.
Although geography covers two main domains which are physical and human geography, various sub-domains associated with the aforementioned exist. This is why learning about a country's geography may be more effective and indeed interesting when individuals are able to assess exactly what their area of expertise….
Geography - GIS Systems
Geographic information systems called GIS in short, is a constituent of all the complex geographic information technologies that exist today. The Global Positioning System or GPS and remote sensing are all parts of the emerging technologies that are today referred to as GIS systems. GIS thus encompasses both the digital and geographical techniques involved in the systems used for the processing and dissemination of geographic information. (New Horizons for the Social Sciences Geographic Information Systems) GIS may be defined as an automated system that allows the creation, editing, studying, analyzing and displaying spatially referenced data. A GIS has the capacity to manipulate several different spatial datasets at the same time. GIS plays a significant role in resource planning and other planned activities with reference to the geographical aspects of an activity. (Definitions)
GIS makes use of both the traditional disciplines as well as technology. It is a technology….
'Definitions" Retrieved from http://www.wygisc.uwyo.edu/gis.html Accessed on 15 January, 2005
Goodchild, Michael F. (Spring 2002) "New Horizons for the Social Sciences Geographic Information Systems" Retrieved from http://www.isuma.net/v01n01/goodchil/goodchil_e.shtml Accessed on 15 January, 2005
Lynch, Margaret. Foote, Kenneth E. (1995) "Geographic Information Systems as an Integrating Technology: Context, Concepts, and Definitions." Retrieved from http://www.colorado.edu/geography/gcraft/notes/intro/intro.html Accessed on 15 January, 2005
"What is a GIS and What does it do?" Retrieved from http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/geology/courses/ge470/gistop_2.htm Accessed on 15 January, 2005
De Valera advocated economic nationalism. He felt that Ireland should be self-sufficient. It was during this period that he attempted to industrialize Ireland. Free trade was abandoned, and protective tariffs were installed on nearly every manufactured product. Fianna Fail would remain in power until the year 1948. At that point, Ireland's first coalition government ousted them. Ever since then, two political parties - Fine Gael and Fianna Fail, have dominated Irish political life. The former of these two parties is noted for being less interventionist when it comes to the economy. In the 1970s and early 1980s, Ireland was hit by major economic problems, including two oil crises, a series of bank strikes, poor relations in the industrial sector, and runaway inflation. Then, in the mid-90s, Ireland experienced an economic boom that would come to be known as the Celtic Tiger. y the year 2005, Ireland was voted by….
Discoverireland.ie. "Kerry: Key Facts." Retrieved on 11 March 2008 at http://www.discoverireland.ie/southwest/kerry/what-to-do/key-facts.aspx .
Government of Ireland. "Land and People." Information on the Irish State. Retrieved on 11
March 2008 at http://www.irlgov.ie/aboutireland/eng/landandpeople.asp.
Irish Examiner. "Providence Sees Helvick Oil Field as Key Site in Celtic Sea." July 17, 2000.
The rain, averaging only 2-4 inches annually, comes in seasonal bursts that sometimes result in flash floods. Temperatures throughout the Gobi Desert are equally extreme, with lows records at -40 degree Fahrenheit and highs of 113 degrees Fahrenheit (Sadler 76). All of these climatic and geologic forces have combined to shape the landscape throughout the Gobi Desert. They have created immense megadunes a quarter of a mile tall held together by sparse deposits of subsurface water (Middleton 60). This doesn't even include the normal sized sand dunes, grassland plateaus frequented by nomadic herdsmen, badlands, and towering mountain ranges (Sadler 76).
Though we might be surprised to find human effects on a landscape this harsh and this remote, human beings have left their mark on the Gobi Desert, with settlements found dating back 4,000 years (Middleton 59). Of Mongolia's population of only 2.2 million, 40% make their lives as nomads on….
Gobi." Answers.com. 28 Mar. 2007 http://www.answers.com/topic/gobi .
Middleton, Nick. "The Dunes of the Badain Jaran." Geographical (Oct. 2006): 56-62.
Sadler, Christa J. "Gobi Desert." Earth 5.4 (Aug. 1996): 76-79.
Spritzer, Dinah a. "Mongolia's Pristine Ecology, Nomadic Culture Lure Visitors." Travel Weekly 53.83 (20 Oct. 1994): 20.
"Between and beyond these two large areas lie two more fields of great importance, the East Texas field and the Panhandle field in northwest Texas. Separate from these fields but also of major importance are those located in southern California. In the mid-1960s, exploitation of deposits of petroleum and natural gas was begun along the north Alaska slope." (Birdstall & Florin, 1992)
This is not enough to sustain the American economy, as Americans consume about 25% of the world's total energy production. The United States imports half the petroleum it consumes, an increasing share of the iron ore and natural gas used, nearly all of its tin and aluminum, and large quantities of many other mineral ores.
This dependence upon oil has spawned conflict within the United States political system in terms of its dependence on foreign oil, and also fears of damage to the U.S. environment because of fossil fuels….
About.com. (2005) American Geography. Retrievable online on 16 Jan 2005 at http://geography.about.com/library/cia/blcusa.htm
Birdstall, Steven S. & Florin, John. (1992) An Outline of U.S. Geography. John Wiley & Sons. Retrievable online on 16 Jan 2005 at http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/geography/geog02.htm
The Columbia Gazetteer of North America, edited by Saul B. Cohen. New York: Columbia University Press, 2000. Retrievable online on 16 Jan 2005 at www.bartleby.com/69/.
From Sea to Shining Sea." U.S. Online Government Publication. Retrievable online on 16 Jan 2005 at http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/facts/factover/ch2.htm.
Of Mice and Men ends much the same way it began: with rich, lyrical descriptions of the local geography and landscape. Salinas means "salt marsh" in Spanish. Marshy waters make up much of what Steinbeck describes in the novel. At the end of the book, Lennie and George meet at a watering hole, their secret spot. Here, Lennie sees a heron, a grand, green water bird. Hungry, the heron tries to capture some water snakes slithering around its feet. Although marshy, the surrounding areas are also heavily wooded; the lynch mob arrives through the woods nearby. Moreover, Steinbeck notes that the landscape is rather hilly.
Undoubtedly eed was far more mountainous than Salinas, however. hile Lenny and George do not describe eed in any detail, it is clear they worked there for a while. In fact, a similar situation occurred in eed as in Salinas: Lennie got in trouble for flirting….
In the recent years, aid from Turkey has touched over $400 million per annum. ("Cyprus: CIA -- the World Factbook," n. d.)
In 1878, political conflicts started between the two communities when the Turkish Cypriots rejected the Greek Cypriots' desire for ENOSIS for Union with Greece. A campaign of armed terror was initiated by the Greek Cypriots in 1955 for uniting the island with Greece which was rejected by the Turkish Cypriots. The International Treaties of 1960, by having Great Britain, Turkey and Greece as the guarantor powers, gave Cyprus its freedom from Great Britain and named the epublic of Cyprus. The 1960 partnership epublic was not for the sake of a fully independent epublic but for the purpose of self-preservation. The independence of Cyprus was restricted by the International Treaties of 1960 which did not allow Partition or Enosis; thus leading to the creation of a bi-national partnership state….
Bennett, Sarita J; International Workshops on the Genetic R, Cocks, PS. (1999) "Genetic
Resources of Mediterranean Pasture and Forage Legumes" Springer.
Couloumbis, Theodore a; Kariotis, Theodore C; Bellou, Fotini; Ex-terik-s, Hell-niko
Hidryma Amyntik's kai. (2003) "Greece in the Twentieth Century" Routledge.
Israel's focus on these types of economic exports has been dictated largely by limitations in the available natural resources and geographic layout of the country. hile there are some significant deposits of natural resources, as with Israel's agriculture, these resources are highly specialized and lend themselves to the creation of a specialized industrial economy. The focus on military equipment exports has been dictated in large part by Israel's history of conflict since the nation's creation in 1948 ("Country Profile") and the subsequent wars with neighbors and the native Palestinians.
In Israel, industrial centers are concentrated along the western edge of the nation where access to shipping and transportation resources is highest. This is especially convenient since most of the country's natural resources are located in the southern Negev Desert region. Resources that can be found in any significant amounts include copper, phosphates, potash, ceramic clay, and gypsum (Safran and Pollock….
Country Profile: Israel and Palestianian Territories." BBC News. 17 July 2007. 13 Sept. 2007 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/middle_east/country_profiles/803257.stm .
Israel." CIA -- the World Factbook. 6 Sept. 2007. 13 Sept. 2007 https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/is.html .
Linge, Mary Kay. The Essential Desk Reference. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Safran, Nadav and Pollock, David. "Israel." The Encyclopedia Americana. Vol. 15. Danbury, CT: Grolier, Inc., 2003. 519-538.
Geography of Europe
Current religious trends in Europe can largely be traced to one of three significant factors. The first is the increase of Muslim immigration. The second is the decline of Soviet-Style Communism, which had an official atheist ideology. Finally, there is the question of the long-term prognosis for religion in Western Europe, as more people identify themselves as non-religious or as atheists.
The growing slamic presence in Europe is a recent trend, although hardly a trend that has been unknown to history before. The Moorish dominance of Spain and Portugal continued into the early modern period, until their expulsion. The Ottoman Empire made frequent incursions into eastern Europe in the middle ages and into the enlightenment, conquering territory as far as Vienna. And present trends have their origin in the post-war German economic boom of the late 1960s and 1970s, when German manufacturing was sustained by large numbers of Turkish….
It is perhaps worth noting that, in the twenty-first century, the chief thing these microstates have in common within the larger political ecosystem of Europe is their ability to leverage their own sovereignty economically. Andorra, for example, has traditionally been a haven for smuggling between France and Spain, and even to this day remains a hotbed of smuggling activity -- Bloomberg News in 2012 reported that Spain's smuggling problems are largely focused on "Gibraltar in the south and Andorra in the north…[as] the main locations for smuggling" (Baigorri 2012). It is worth noting that both Gibraltar and Andorra are geographical peculiarities: Gibraltar is a protectorate of the United Kingdom, while Andorra is a sovereign microstate.
In 2009, the BBC reported "Liechtenstein and Andorra are among three states designated as 'non-cooperative tax havens' by the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development" that have "come under intense pressure to abandon longstanding bank secrecy rules" as part of generalized European "plans to toughen the international response to banking centres seen as harbouring tax evaders." (Gregory 2009). This stemmed from an incident in which leaked documents from a bank in Liechtenstein demonstrated the vast extent to which the country existed as a tax haven for wealthy German citizens.
In some sense, this financial skullduggery is a necessity, as microstates like Liechtenstein and Andorra have no large economic base apart from tourism. This is also the case with the Vatican, and it is worth noting the Vatican too has
Displaying a large version of the map on the board at the front of the room and handing out identical personal copies for students to mark, a fun activity might be to have individual students come to the front and pin cut-out landmark images to the corresponding locations on the map. Once a cut-out from an image bank has been properly affixed to a location and students have marked the location on their personal maps, the instructor can offer a little educational anecdote about the specific place or landmark that will help to associate the information gained from the game with some knowledge thereabout.
Indeed, among the other activities which are shown to be best-practices in an elementary setting and which are important to promoting the development of all important faculties for future education, an interactive story time is particularly appealing. By telling a story and involving the children by….
Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX). (2009). Courses of Study. http://alex.state.al.us/
Carrington, V. (2001). Emergent Home Literacies: A Challenge for Educators. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 24.
Castaldo, N. (2008). Activities for early childhood:
Castaldo's Corner. Education World.
For example, the polar regions of the earth reflect sunlight because their solar angle is so low, due to their latitude, so they derive little heat from the constant sun they receive. At the equator's latitude, in contrast, things are much warmer and more humid because there is less reflection. Higher altitudes are colder and dryer than lower elevations. Oceans moderate temperature and increase humidity, while inland locations are dryer and more prone to extremes of hot and cold, and also more extreme weather events, like the tornados that often affect the Midwest. Local terrain like mountains can cause clouds and precipitations on the side of the summit closest to the wind ("Earth's climate and climate change," 2007, PowerPoint Presentation).
Explain why our energy depends on fossil fuel and why it is a major problem for the U.S. And environmentally for the world.
Greenhouse gases are chemically stable gases such as….
Earth's climate and climate change." (2007). PowerPoint Presentation. Retrieved 5 Oct 2007 at http://nlc.gats-inc.com/nlc_epo/epo_climate_lesson.ppt#269,7,ClimateData
Earth's surface." (2007). Discovery Magazine. Retrieved 5 Oct 2007 at http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/earthssurface/
Exploring Earth." (2007). Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved 5 Oct 2007 at http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/investigations/es2101/es2101page03.cfm?chapter_no=investigation
Geography It's not my Fault Canada is, by any measure, an immigrant country. Yet it recent years two trends have combined to cause stress on the fabric of Canadian society. A…Read Full Paper ❯
Geography, The Study of the Earth What are the most important things you have learned in geography this semester and how does a knowledge of geography have survival value for…Read Full Paper ❯
Geography Livingstone's Geographical Tradition -- Should the history of geography be rated X This is the first intellectual history of a subject that over the last five centuries has played a…Read Full Paper ❯
Geography's Role The existence of geographical features profoundly influences a nation's development. One geographical feature that determines a nation's development is the presence or absence of natural resources. Consider how the…Read Full Paper ❯
Geography relates to more than what common belief assumes it does. It covers climate, environment, natural elevations, but it also addresses peoples' habitual conditions, that is to say how…Read Full Paper ❯
Geography - GIS Systems Geographic information systems called GIS in short, is a constituent of all the complex geographic information technologies that exist today. The Global Positioning System or GPS…Read Full Paper ❯
De Valera advocated economic nationalism. He felt that Ireland should be self-sufficient. It was during this period that he attempted to industrialize Ireland. Free trade was abandoned, and…Read Full Paper ❯
The rain, averaging only 2-4 inches annually, comes in seasonal bursts that sometimes result in flash floods. Temperatures throughout the Gobi Desert are equally extreme, with lows records…Read Full Paper ❯
"Between and beyond these two large areas lie two more fields of great importance, the East Texas field and the Panhandle field in northwest Texas. Separate from these…Read Full Paper ❯
Of Mice and Men ends much the same way it began: with rich, lyrical descriptions of the local geography and landscape. Salinas means "salt marsh" in Spanish. Marshy waters…Read Full Paper ❯
History - Asian
In the recent years, aid from Turkey has touched over $400 million per annum. ("Cyprus: CIA -- the World Factbook," n. d.) In 1878, political conflicts started between the…Read Full Paper ❯
History - Israel
Israel's focus on these types of economic exports has been dictated largely by limitations in the available natural resources and geographic layout of the country. hile there are…Read Full Paper ❯
Mythology - Religion
Geography of Europe Current religious trends in Europe can largely be traced to one of three significant factors. The first is the increase of Muslim immigration. The second is the…Read Full Paper ❯
Displaying a large version of the map on the board at the front of the room and handing out identical personal copies for students to mark, a fun…Read Full Paper ❯
For example, the polar regions of the earth reflect sunlight because their solar angle is so low, due to their latitude, so they derive little heat from the…Read Full Paper ❯