Air Canada or Air Awful?

When you travel, which airline carrier do you choose? Some of you may say Air Canada, as would I, especially since it’s our national carrier. But there have been allegations that have surfaced which are not so nice to hear.  In order to improve their customer service, apparently Air Canada forced their flight attendants to go through personal harassment and discrimination. Employees had to perform a model walk which they could only pass or fail on. (I know many of you would be able to complete a fantastic model walk, especially Paanini and Rohan!) You might be thinking, those aisles in an airplane are so narrow, why would they be needing to do that for? Well it does not end there! Apparently managers lined up flight attendants and critiqued their nails and makeup. In a formal complaint given to the Canadian Human Rights Commission, flight attendants “were subjected to degrading and discriminatory comments,” like “eyes were too small” and skin colour was “too white.” 

The complaint also spoke about an updated handbook (a book for employees to reference for help / information) which gave extensive makeup advice for female employees. and advice on how to apply lipstick and how to emphasise their eyebrows. Air Canada has responded by saying that, “we have zero tolerance for discrimination or harassment.” 

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So now it’s your time to weigh in. Do you think that if these allegations are true, that Air Canada went too far in assessing its flight attendant’s appearances? Or is it their company and they should be able to give feedback on how they would like their employees to look like? Take a moment to think about a potential job that you would like to have in the future. Is there a dress code for this job? (For example, when I worked at Starbucks, I had to wear black – yes, Jhanine loves that lol. I could not wear nail polish or have my hair out. I also had to wear an apron.) Do you think that this is fair or you should be able to dress and wear whatever you would like? Or, perhaps you support something in-between? Be sure to respond to all of these questions in your detailed response of 15-20 sentences!

“We Missed the Mark”

Remember this ad? 

Better yet, do you remember what Dove said about this advertisement? They apologised and said, “Dove is committed to representing the beauty of diversity. In an image we posted this week, we missed the mark in thoughtfully representing women of colour and we deeply regret the offense that it has caused.”

THEY MISSED THE MARK!!! WHO SAYS THAT? Well, maybe me in golf…lol. But let’s look at another company that also messed up… pay attention to what their excuse is. 

In your response below, be sure to interpret this ad: what is it saying and what is its’ hidden message? It’s your turn to weigh in- do you think that these are just honest mistakes or do you think that there are other reasons why companies make such mistakes? Is an apology or a short statement enough or should these huge companies face some sort of consequence? Your response should be roughly 15-20 detailed sentences. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/28/business/media/heineken-racist-ad.html

Pink Day!

Once again, we were reminded about the impact that our words and actions have on our peers and those close to us. Though it was based off of some accurate depictions of bullying, the film,  Wonder, was deeply inspiring and moving. You may have even been able to relate to little Auggie Pullman. This film demonstrated quite clearly that bullying impacts not only the victim, but his/her/their family as well. 

Please write your thoughts on the film below with as much detail as possible. Then, explain which moments of the film struck you the most. What were some forms of bullying that you saw which made your heart sink for Auggie? Lastly, any final thoughts as to why you think that it is beneficial to have a Pink Day in school. 

Length: 14-18 sentences. Remember to italicise the film’s name which is the ‘capital I’ above and use the notes that you took during the film. 

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freedom quilts

my quilt is the north star. I chose it because it leads the slaves to beautiful and amazing Canada. It also represents the Drinking gourd (the big Dipper). The North Star was the guiding light because it always points to the north.  It was an important navigational tool for the ship owners who took the slaves from Cleveland or Detroit to Canada. The North Star is the last block in the Underground Railroad Sampler quilt.  The quilt top was finished into a light-weight quilt, raffled off for the benefit of the Edwards Historical Association and won by an appreciative teacher at Edwards-Knox Central School, Chris Backus, who plans to use it in her classroom. i got that data from a website

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Freedom quilts

Hello today I’m going to be talking about my quilt witch is the Cabin House so yeah let’s get started. So the meaning of my quilt, the meaning of my quilt is in my own words this: a symbol that is a quilt or that can be drawn on the floor indicating that it was necessary to find shelter or that a person is okay to talk. So that was the meaning of the quilt and why I choose this design is because I think that you can put so much detail in this and add like special effects so you can make the wood stand out more and also I think that this cabin log looks really good in the images so that’s why I choose this this quilt inspired me because It really has a lot of detail in the meaning and also because the quilt really is inspirational. And yeeee thanks for listening geet

Black History Month

February is the month of Valentines, right? Um, not quite! It is also: Black History Month! This month, we all made fantastic presentations regarding someone who inspired us. We learned more about compassion and empathy while also understanding the importance of diversity and social justice. We learned the importance of allies and remembering that being a bystander to any form of discrimination is not okay! 

Along with our presentations, we designed some quilt art. As we learned, these quilts all had messages. Below we will explain a bit about the quilt chosen, why it inspired us and why it was picked!

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Sexism in Hollywood!

Before we begin, let’s mention a few words and their meaning.

Sexism: a type of discrimination/prejudice against a persons sex/gender. More specific, it is when people are treated unfairly only because they are a girl or boy. Unfortunately, women are usually the ones who face sexism the most. 

Patriarchy: When men have more power and control than women, who have relatively no say. 

Feminism: People who campaign/support the equality of men and women

Let’s get started!

It is nothing new that sexism exists in the world. It is also nothing new that sexism (and racism, but that’s a whole other story) exists in Hollywood. I am sure that most of you know who Mark Wahlberg is, he was in Transformers. 

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Currently, he is shooting a movie called, “All the Money.” This is quite an ironic title because it seems that Wahlberg received all the money for reshooting some scenes. He earned about $1.5 million. 

So what is the problem you ask? Or think…?!

 

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You may quickly re-read the article here:

http://www.indiewire.com/2018/01/all-the-money-reshoots-mark-wahlberg-paid-millions-more-michelle-williams-salary-1201915899/

So now, you weigh in. What are your thoughts about this, (especially given the words that were mentioned above?). How would you feel if you were treated differently than another person who completed the same job only because of your sex/gender? Please write roughly 8-12 sentences, with detail and strong opinion.

 

Christmas Tree or Environment Killer?

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It is just part of the Christmas holiday to have a Christmas tree. It just is! You know it’s true! After all, it is under the Christmas tree that those wonderfully wrapped presents sit under not to mention the glittery, aesthetically pleasing beauty that it possesses! 
 
Due to the recession (economic decline) that the the U.S. had, Christmas trees were no longer being grown there as it was too expensive and not financially worth it. As a result, many American consumers have been buying their trees from Canada. But did you know it takes roughly EIGHT years to grow a tree? A tree that is only used for roughly a month? Ummm.. can you say environment killer…!!!
 
On the other hand though, some say that artificial trees are much more damaging for the environment. When artificial trees are dumped into landfills, they stay there whereas real trees can be ‘treecycled’ which is much more beneficial to the environment. 
 
So what are your thoughts on Christmas trees? Should people have the choice, like we do now, to buy real trees, or should consumers only be allowed to buy artificial trees? 
 
You may perform a quick research on this question by typing out the pros and cons of Christmas trees. Try to incorporate your own ideas too! 
 
Here are some links if you are finding it hard to find of your own: 
 
 
 
Remember: You need to explain your opinion. Then, give details that back up your opinion (your evidence). It should be roughly 10-20 sentences in length 🙂 
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Breaking News…Trump back at it…Again!

So guys, it seems as though he is back at it again! Of course, I am talking about a particular individual who will probably be voted for ‘The Best President of the Century’ award! Okay, now you know that I am being sarcastic but what you may not know is what I am talking about! Let’s back up a bit, shall we?

Who ever thought that I would agree with something that Trump has said, however, it is true. The media, especially certain media outlets, can be highly biased. Unfortunately when times like Remembrance Day roll around we do not see the soldiers of colour: Black-Canadians, Sikh-Canadians, Chinese-Canadians, Japanese-Canadians and our First Nations, etc. 

In a ceremony where Trump should have been paying tribute to the Navajo people, especially two Navajo war vets, he goes on to say: “You’re very, very special people. You were here long before any of us were here. Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas. But you know what. I like you. Because you are special, ” Mr. Trump remarked. 

Who is he referring to when he says ‘Pocahontas?’ He is speaking about an American Senator (Politican) named Elizabeth Warren who came under fire because she was unable to prove her supposed Aboriginal background. 

Read the article and see the clips here: 

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/27/politics/trump-pocahontas-navajo-code-talkers/index.html

You really end up feeling terrible for those vets who stayed calm and composed! Below is what Warren said regarding Trump’s comments about her. 

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/27/politics/elizabeth-warren-donald-trump/index.html

So let’s weigh in on this topic. What do you think? To you, why is what Trump said, bad? Perhaps you see nothing wrong in his comment, why do you think that way? What does he even mean when he calls Warren, Pocahontas? 

Remember, grade 5’s -8 sentences, grade 6’s 10-12 sentences. Details!!!!! Post some responses to your classmates too please!

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