“Dear Future Generations”

I’m genuinely speechless.

Till next time,

S

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#GetOutandVote

Today is the day Canada, we’ve been hearing it in the news, or reading it on social media; now it’s finally time to fill out the ballot and make a difference.

I’m feeling very refreshed this year as almost all my peers are actively involved in this years elections, constantly updating me on the latest news from each party. If you’re having trouble figuring out your political views, or you just want to see if you live up to what you say you are; here’s a cool quiz to do before you vote.

https://canada.isidewith.com/political-quiz

The important thing is that you need to physically fill out a ballot yourself, so GET OUT AND VOTE.

Till next time,

S

Banksy is Absolutely Brilliant

Last weekend, British political activist and artist Banksy opened his amazing masterpiece Dismaland. If you wanted to go, the tickets are only fifteen pounds (three quid at the door), but there are only late night tickets available for the next 7 days. Disney lawyers have also been banned from the park before it even opened, which is hilarious.

Not only does no one really know who this guy is since Banksy is a pseudonym, he managed to collaborate with artist around the globe to pull off this one of a kind, Bemusement Park. The dystopian world is supposed to reflect our “selfish, incoherent, and self-obsessed” society which has realistically become “truly depressing, thin and quite boring”. This massive capitalistic prank not only inspires more artists’ to become political symbols, it shows society that your name and image are nothing without passion and talent.

Here’s a link to Banksy’s website, which only contains a wicked trailer for the park:

http://banksy.co.uk/

How can one person be so cool?

Till next time,

S

The Never-Ending Cycle

The government has structured our world so we have to work at least 5 days a week in order to live a ‘comfortable’ life.

My question is: what is so comfortable about spending more time with you colleagues than your friends and family? Why is is more comfortable to sit behind a computer screen than take your dog for a walk by the lake?

Oh wait….ITS NOT.

My 9 year old brother came up to me yesterday and asked why weeks and weekends are so uneven – I genuinely couldn’t give him a good reason. The conversation ended with ME asking why couldn’t the government just raise wages so everyone was able to work 3-4 day weeks.

He’s at the age where WHY is the biggest question of life, so maybe someone could help me understand exactly WHY we have been taught 5 day work weeks are beneficial, since childhood.

Till next time,

S

Wynne’s Update in Ontario’s Sex- Ed Curriculum

Since I’ve been back home, my mum has been updating me about the Primer of the Liberal party, Kathleen Wynne as she is striving to have children introduced to the reproductive system at younger ages so they can be more prepared for societal issues such as consent and equality.

In grade one, 6-7 year old children will be introduced to parts of the body. In grade two the students will be taught the concept of consent, and in grade three the concepts of gender identity and sexual orientation will be presented. Parents are allowed to have their children removed from the Physical and Health Education curriculum but of course when the children return to school all their classmates will want to say the ‘cool new words’ they just learned.

When I was introduced to parts of the body in grade five (so almost ten or eleven) I laughed and giggled with my classmates like every child, but looking back I honest believe it was the right age for this introduction because puberty was approaching so I could relate to the content and take it seriously.

The Board of Education has really tested itself with this one as Wynne also says that the LGBTQ population is apparently non existent in the public school system. In my HIGH SCHOOL (and possibly middle school) I had several homosexual teachers and I believe that we are in an era where sexual orientation is irrelevant when it comes to jobs, as society is naturally expanding their definition of equality. Like racism, sexual orientation has been tested in terms of equality in society, but I believe that the government shouldn’t have any more control over how children think, especially when it comes to sexuality.

If anything, Ontario’s entire education system needs to be completely reconstructed. As a graduate from high school I have memorized how to calculate a slope and can recite the pythagorean theorem, but I could not tell you how to balance a cheque book because I didn’t take accounting or other math courses. Life skills are a necessity to education which is something the government fails to address. We shouldn’t have to learn life lessons through regurgitated content, this needs to be done through personal relationships with your friends and family, we learn best through experience and communication. But apparently my inability to take 30% off of those jeans I really wanted is not as important as the vagina that I inevitably know and have.

The government does not need to regulate everything in society, this being sexual instinct. There are enough natural signs in society for children to understand the concepts of sex, consent, and body parts – I mean I think I turned out okay.

Till next time,

S