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James Cameron, a Canadian Identity

I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go.

Hasta La Vista Baby.

Sometimes your whole life boils down to one insane move.

3 quotes. 3 great movies. 1 outstanding Canadian filmmaker.   


Hi. You might have heard of me. my name is George Lucas. I’m the guy who spent my entire life creating the Star Wars Series. But I’m not here to gloat about my successes. I’m here today to talk about my good friend James Cameron. The creator of crazy Thrillers such as Titanic, Terminator, Aliens, Avatar, and many more captivating movies. I have just finished reading this book (pull out the book) and it has opened my eyes to what Canadian filmmakers can accomplish in the cinematic world. let me start from the beginning.


I first met Cameron back at the 2011 CinemaCon. we had a little interview in the stage but after it finished, He told me all about his life story and I was extremely fascinated about how he came to be. He was born in a little town called Kapuskasing in Ontario. He didn’t come from much but was always interested in writing movie scripts in his spare time. He told me at our interview together that he and his friends always galloped around Niagara falls shooting everything in sight. And that’s something I resonate with. He had the desire to make films even if he didn’t have “BEST equipment” or the “4000 dollar camera”. He did it anyway because it was his passion.


He was a truck driver for a couple of years, trying to earn some money for university. He obviously didn’t enjoy it but it was a choice he had to make for his future goals in the world of filmmaking. His dreams were always pushed aside as he was currently trying to get a science degree but still longed for the cinemas. At the age of 23, he made one of his biggest life decisions that anyone could ever take. My prominent movie, Star Wars 1977 was just released and he went out to the first showing. He told me about how fascinated he was in the special effects and how his eyes flared up with yearning. So, a week later he quit his job and went straight for film school.


You see, Cameron was a man who made something out of nothing. Many directors have such a strong passion for exact filmmaking but Cameron came from a science background. We always assume that most directors just went into digital studies like myself and focused on movie making but thats what makes Cameron different from the rest. He had made a decision to change his life and go into something completely different from what he planned.

This book captures the struggles of Cameron and describes what he did to overcome his cinematic challenges. It shows how a young Canadian can turn his entire career around if you truly believe in your goal. This book explores the idea of how filmmaking is a shot in the dark, especially for a boy who grew up in a small town in the middle of nowhere. But, if you are willing to take a risk in life, I assure you something cinematically amazing will come out of it.


take it from the Canadian filmmaker himself as he once said, “Imagination is a force that can actually manifest a reality.”



John A. Macdonalds Fight for Canadian Liability




The media is exceptional at highlighting all the detriments that John A. Macdonald took part of during his power in the late 1860s. However, with the recent argument of his controversy, all sight on the great acts he accomplished has been completely lost. We as a country should be united and honour everything our founding father created and recognize the risks and struggles that were at hand. Nonetheless, it is important to identify the malfeasance from prior times and discuss how our morals have changed since. With this being in mind, a country should not be able to excoriate a past official when the set of values has severely changed.  

An ongoing altercation in Canada about the removal of John A. Macdonald statues, monuments, and names of streets and schools is flooding the news with both sides becoming heated. A claim that is being made is describing Macdonald as an “architect of the Indian Residential School system” (Mayor). While this is indefinitely true, we need to look at the statement as a whole. Indeed, Macdonald had the lead role in the Indian residential schools but for any normal human in the late 19th century, this was a completely justified norm. Our Canadian ancestors knew a lot less about the world as we do today and dealt with problems a lot more barbarically. An example of this is indeed how the first Prime Minister treated Native Americans. He accused them of being “a different species” (Macdonald). This resulted in Macdonald creating residential schools in order to cut out the culture and make them more like the mainstream in Canada. Two centuries ago, the way of life was completely different from what we live in now. Of course, this is an unfavourable reflection on Canada’s identity, but they didn’t know any better.

Despite all the wrongdoings and the negative choices, John A. Macdonald made in the past, we cannot just erase history. We need to be able to recognize the good and the bad and improve ourselves to the best of our ability.  These monuments and statues that were made for Macdonald are historic monuments that tell us stories and by telling stories we “recognize that we can do better” (McKenna). There are things in our world that have represent a bad time in history such as the many concentration camps in West Europe. The camps resemble a terrible time when humans began to resolve their problems with hate and violence. However, instead of destroying them, we have turned them into a place to reflect and understand that we had a rough past. Reflection on what we did helps us truly analyze our new morals and beliefs and synthesizes how far we’ve come. The statues that are currently still standing of John A. Macdonald should continue to stand as it represents a founding father that deserves to be recognized for the good and the bad.

John A. Macdonald did start Canada on an amazing path to success but also made some extremist decisions that resulted in lifelong effects on First Nations. Canadian citizens should be aware of how Canada came to be and should educate others about the changes in the country’s current morals. It is not right of us to judge a man from two centuries ago who had a completely different set of values, but we should rather indoctrinate them and understand how we can become better. In centuries to come, our future generations will look back on the decisions we are making right now just as we are and will either agree or disagree with our values. No matter what we choose to do every day, we are always creating history.



Little, Simon. “John A. Macdonald Statue Removed from Victoria City Hall to Cheers and Jeers.” CKNW, 12 Aug. 2018,

Stanton, Kylie. “Cost to Remove Statue of John A. Macdonald from Victoria City Hall Grows.” Global News, 28 Feb. 2019,

“Victoria City Council to Decide Future of John A. Macdonald Statue | CBC News.” CBCnews, CBC/Radio Canada, 4 Mar. 2019,



Romeo and Juliet Act ll Critical Response

In Shakespeare’s profound play, Romeo and Juliet, we are introduced to two “completely in love” protagonists who believe they are deeply in love with each other. With the evidence provided so far, I believe that Romeo and Juliet’s relationship resembles more of a “puppy love” connection. In the first act, Romeo and Juliet meet one another at a party and as soon as Romeo lays his eyes upon Juliet, he suddenly forgets all about Rosaline and becomes “star-crossed lovers” (Prologue.6). Firstly, Romeo has absolutely no idea the real meaning of love as he is solely basing his love for both Rosaline and Juliet on how beautiful they are. This is already solid proof that Romeo is not fully in love with Juliet quite yet. Romeo is also hopping from one girl to another. After he goes to the Capulet party just to see Rosaline, Romeo meets Juliet and says “  Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (l. 5. 52-53).On Juliet’s view of love, we see more maturity than we will probably never see in Romeo. She tends to process her feelings in situations a lot better than Romeo but soon starts to lose focus of her own personality. She begins to fall head over heels for Romeo and ends up making quite similar mistakes.


I believe that Kulich’s holds a very strong argument and is quite effective as its historically accurate for the time the play was written. Romeo and Juliet was written late 15th century in England and back in those times, there were no rules, restrictions or laws against underage marriage. In today’s society, we look down on Elizabethans for there particularly cruel ways of living. But put yourself back 500 years, and it would be completely normal. Looking at this idea as a whole, it is quite difficult to judge our history because our morals change drastically the more we live and the more life experiences we get.



Is Canada a nation, simply a country, or a “post national” state?

Justin Trudeau claims that Canada is now the world’s first postnational state and has no singular identity nor a mainstream. He claims that the country still has a true “Canadian Identity” and that it is a place where we have “respect for minorities”. However, we are slowly losing the idea of nationalism due to rising immigration trends and therefore, we cannot deem Canada as a nation with a plethora of multiculturalism. I strongly believe that Canada is indeed a post-national state with the number of differences in values, beliefs, religions, history, and ancestry that is now present. Nonetheless, I also strongly believe that this is a problem for Canada’s future. The loss of Canada’s true identity is depleting and has been since Trudeau’s election in 2015. According to The Guardian article, The Canada Experiment, Canada took in 300,000 immigrants in 2016 alone, including 48,000 refuges. In a recent study, Toronto is now the most “diverse city on the planet” says The Guardian, with half of its residents being born outside of the country. Vancouver and other western cities are not far behind with the extreme burst of immigrants since the election. It is morally correct to aid those in need and I always want to help deserving minorities, but Canada has focused so much on other countries such as Syria and Iraq, that we have lost insight on our true Canadians. Douglas Todd in the dangers of a ‘postnational’ Canada quotes, “many average Canadians who are desperate to make a home and livelihood in Metro Vancouver, can’t come close to affording to live here.” This has started to become a reality in today’s society with the upcoming immigration laws. Most immigrants don’t have to pay any taxes making it easier to buy a house and start a life. Even so, housing prices are rising so fast that Canadians who have to pay so many taxes are struggling to live in their country. Canadians who have ancestors dating back to the 1700s when we first landed huge ships in the east. With this information, it shows how Trudeau is correct in the idea of Canada being postnational as it improves the lives of immigrants from “dysfunctional regions torn by corruption and cynicism,” but it also shows how being a postnational country is a detriment to everyone else living here. Geoffrey Taunton-Collins explains that “Healthy nationalism requires loyalty between citizens and leaders” and as of today’s society, we have lost sight and betrayed our true north, strong, and free loyalty to the Canadians who created the building blocks of what we call Canada today.





In-Depth Blog Post #1

For my In-Depth project this year, I decided to dive into the depths of Film Photography. As you may all know, I have a very strong passion for photography as last year I focused on narrowing my photography skills. I feel like this is an excellent opportunity to become familiar with the schematics and fine-tuning aspects of Film. Film Photography requires an immense amount of patience and will power making the photographer wait through the entire process of producing magnificent images. Choosing this as my In-Depth this year allows me to become more versatile with the aspect of photography as I will soon be able to say that no matter what circumstances I am in, I can still capture beautiful photos. For the mentor aspect, I am planning on meeting with a couple of photography teachers around SD43, mainly looking at Gleneagle, Heritage Woods, and Charles Best as they all have usable dark rooms. In the case that they are unable to help me, I plan on talking with PDPC and more specifically my mentor from last year, Garry Johns, who will be able to point me in the right direction.

By the end of April, I hope to have a great selection of film orientated photos, allowing me to choose the best that I want to present on In-Depth night. I also plan on creating a published album of my photos and get it printed for a physical copy of my endearing work of film photography. As for the actual presentation, I plan on making a short video of the process. I intend to have about 60 seconds of this video b-roll (short clips of myself taking photos to enrich the video), taking the photos into the dark room, and processing them. The last 30 seconds will be the images themselves. I vision a sort of “the steps to create these pictures” as it begins outside, then into the dark room, and with all the time you put in, you come out with a stunning photo.  

This project will be an amazing opportunity and I am thrilled to study Film Photography for the next few months.


Zip DOL #4

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself at the start?

Knowing what I know now after dwelling in ZIP! for a while, I would inform my past self to not be so general and try to narrow down the overall project. At the very beginning, I wanted to do something with storytelling without words but looking back now, the project is starting to become onerous and much larger then it should be. The research that I have done has helped direct my ZIP! on event photography or photos that already have a story in it helping my inquiry become a lot more focused on what I am really trying to study.  With these minor changes, I can conclude that I may not be able to learn absolutely everything about storytelling without words. However, my ZIP! actually connects to my In-Depth project meaning I can continue learning autonomously until the end of the school year.


Zip DOL #2

What have you done to make retrieving evidence and research easier in class?

In the last couple of work blocks we have had in class, I have struggled with finding solid evidence of how to tell stories without using words. I have many different resources with examples of people taking photos of events and having a short description beside it, but I’m finding it difficult to locate resources that can give me tips with my inquiry. As I’ve learned in the past, photography is a skill that usually requires context behind it. For an example, social media websites. Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest; they all have one thing in common and that is captions. After posting a photo, it gives you the option to add a caption describing the photo or maybe saying a quote of some sort. This is the reason my ZIP! could become very difficult. However, I have reached out to some friends and family who know a lot about photography and asked them if they could point me in the right direction. After talking with them, I have started to look more at news articles and more specifically photojournalism (something in which I look at for a future career). With making this slight change in resources, I have found many new examples of my inquiry, allowing me to find more valuable evidence.


T10: A Wizard of Earthsea Style Analysis

What stood out the most about Le Guin’s overall writing style in Chapter 1 of the novel?


In the novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, the author Ursula Le Guin, manages to achieve a new and abstract way of writing for her time. Le Guin uses different literacy techniques to concisely leave readers with suspense. Of these techniques, the use of imagery, expanded moments, and foreshadowing stood out the most. However, the most interesting aspect of her writing is how she is able to illustrate so many ideas and concepts of the characters in such a laconic manner. The first two chapters are all focused on the inciting incident and background knowledge of what is happening on Gont Island and even the first page of the novel, Le Guin names Duny as the “the greatest voyager” (pg. 1), thus leading readers to flip the pages with excitement. If this literacy technique continues on throughout the book, Le Guin will have mastered writing an entire story within 252 pages.


3 Wise Nugs

  1. Integrity with others around you is just as important as integrity within.
  2. Knowing how to maintain your energy levels is the key to a steady workflow.
  3. The smaller choices we make day to day have more of a large impact on our lives so it is crucial to take consideration before doing something you are unsure of.


Eminent Intro – James Cook

“The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”
― James Cook


captainjamescookportraitRising through the ranks, Captain James Cook was a British explorer, navigator, and cartographer who revisioned the idea of adventure. With his crew he went on three major expeditions, discovering new kingdoms, islands, and tribes. Cook’s devotion and perseverance at sea left him known as a legend, creating the first charts of the Pacific Ocean that are still used two centuries later.

Cook was born in the small town of Marton, Yorkshire on October 27, 1728. Having six siblings and living in poverty, He first started working with his father at the age of 12 trying to help save his farm. In 1745, Cook left home and traveled to the fishing village of Staithes in the north of Yorkshire. From there, he began to work as a clerk at a small grocery store. After eighteen months, Cook finally had enough money to travel to the northern port of Whitby and It wasn’t until he was 18 when he was offered a job as an apprentice on Captain John Walker’s ship transporting coal from Tyne to London.

James worked on small ships called colliers for nine years of his life working his way up to ship’s mate. During the time he sailed on the colliers, Cook studied mathematics and astronomy and became an outstanding navigator. Shortly before January 1755, Captain Walker offered Cook to replace him and become the new captain, but Cook turned down the offer, leaving Walker in disbelief. Seeing recruitment posters for the Royal Navy, Cook rejected Walker in the hope to travel the world.

In the summer of 1755, Cook enlisted in the Royal Navy. His first posting was with the HMS Eagle, serving under Captain Joseph Hamar as a masters mate. He was in the Royal Navy for less than a year when Britain declared war on France in which became known as the Seven Years’ War. The Royal Navy sailed across the Atlantic to Quebec where Cook charted the St Lawrence River and other parts of the eastern coast. Due to his outstanding skills in cartography and navigation, Cook was promoted to master, one of the highest ranks in the Royal Navy.

In 1768, the Royal Society urged King George III to help finance an expedition to the Pacific Ocean where they would study the “transit of Venus”. The expedition was approved and the Admiralty combined the voyage with a confidential mission to search the South Pacific for new lands. They were going to appoint a geographer named Alexander Dalrymple but he lacked experience at sea. Lucky enough, the Royal Navy suggested James Cook for his outstanding background knowledge in mathematics and cartography. Months later, James Cook departed Plymouth on the HMS Endeavour with provisions, a crew of 85, including 12 Royal Marines and twelve tons of pig iron.

The first voyage was all focused on observing Venus as it passed between the Earth and the Sun. This would help astronomers to calculate the distance between the Sun and the Earth. Cook first arrived in Tahiti on 13 April 1769, to conduct all of the Venus observations which later was called the Venus Transit. After completing the first part of the expedition, he was now ordered to search for new lands. Once reaching New Zealand, Cook first sailed through the narrow gap between the two islands and landed on the north-east coast. Upon landing, His crew was attacked by a local tribe known by the Maoris. After showering them with gifts and provisions, Cook continued on his journey and mapped parts of the coast just before sailing up to Australia. After charting the East Coast, Cook headed for Hawaii but the HMS Endeavour sailed right across the Great Barrier Reef creating a large hole in the bottom of the ship. With no other choice, Cook had to return to England.

Almost immediately after returning home, James Cook was given another mission. Terra Australis was The theoretical idea to search for the southern continent. But after the first voyage, Cook came to the conclusions that New Zealand was not attached to a larger piece of land. Although Australia was considered “continental size”, the Royal Society still believed that Terra Australis was further south. In 1772, only one year prior to his first voyage, Cook set sail again, looking for the promised lands of Antarctica. After the incidents of being attacked and almost sinking, The Royal Society decided to send two ships, HMS Endeavour and HMS Discovery as precautions. On July 17, 1772, the two ships were surrounded by giant icebergs, stopping them from going any further. He made many fruitless attempts to encounter the mainland unfortunately, Cook never set foot on the frozen southern continent.

Soon after returning back to England, Cook was promoted to the rank of post-captain. He received many awards from the Royal Society but that wasn’t enough for him. He couldn’t be kept from the thrashing waves of the ocean. In 1776, the Admiralty gave him the chance to find the Northwest Passage and he immediately took it. After traveling to Plymouth and gathering more 33d7a6e200000578-3573579-image-a-117_1462386445473crew and another ship, Cook set off on July 12, 1776, for his third voyage from the port, saying farewell to his friends and family for the last time.

Cook first sailed to Cape Town with his two ships, the HMS Endeavour, and the HMS Resolution, in order to restock on food and water before heading towards New Zealand. The Endeavour was carrying huge barrels of food and drink and many other provisions. As for the Resolution, it was carrying cattle, sheep, pigs, dogs, cats, and rabbit which Cook nicknamed ‘Noah’s Ark’. Life wasn’t easy being a seaman. James Cook was a strict captain and had very tight rules on both ships, including orders that the crew had to bathe every day in the interest of keeping a deadly disease called Scurvy away. Scurvy was also prevented by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. The ship as well had to be kept clean; everyone had to clean the ship at certain times of the day and if anyone disobeyed these rules they would be lashed five times with a whip. Soon the weather became colder and the ocean became harsher, leading to many crew members dying of infection, drowning, or hypothermia.

In January 1778, traveling north from the South Pacific, Cook discovered a group of islands that he named the Sandwich Islands, now known as Hawaii. He briefly surveyed Hawaii before continuing north up the coast of America towards British Columbia. Cook sailed past Vancouver Island but weather worsened and there was no hope in finding the Northwest Passage. Arriving back in Hawaii after turning around, Cook and his crew hopped into enormous rowing boats and rowed all the way around the island. Before landing on the beach, Hawaiians greeted them with gifts and food as they were having festivals of worshiping Lono, the God of Music and Peace.
After a months stay, Cook became restless and desired to continue his exploration of British Columbia, But the ships ran into a huge storm, causing the foremast of the Resolution to snap in half. Within two weeks, the ships had returned to Hawaii. Local Hawaiians were not happy with their arrival, reacting by hurling rocks and spears at the boats. After an unnamed group of Hawaiians stole one of the HMS Resolution’s boats, Captain Cook plotted to kidnap the King. Morning broke and Cook stormed into the village and took the hostage back to the boats where he would be held for ransom. The King broke free from the restraints, g12517290394_6ca0c2cf46_brabbed a spear and threw it at a crew member, killing him instantly. Instantaneously, a huge brawl broke out and the crew fled back to the boats, leaving Cook unprotected. As Cook was about to leave to the boats himself, a priest from the island distracted him, while another Hawaiian struck Cook on the head with a club before several more Hawaiians began to stab him to death.

The famous Captain James Cook died on February 14, 1779, at the age of 51.


I was drawn to James Cook by his passion for exploration. As learners, both Cook and I share our drive for adventures. We take risks in order to pursue our mission, no matter how strenuous or debilitating the challenge is. Cook was said to be independent while being very sociable at the same time. I believe in some ways I can be the same. I enjoy being independent and figuring out problems autonomously but I can also be put in a room full of total strangers and become friends with everyone. Another trait that we share is persistence. Over Cook’s entire life, he was never given anything. Being born into a poor family, Cook learned how to achieve his goals even if he was pressured by difficulties or hardship and is now considered as one of the greatest explorers of all time. I have also struggled at times in my life. Being the only person in my class to be gifted, I was always considered as “the smart kid”. However, that didn’t stop me from applying to MACC and then applying to TALONS. It’s the little decisions that make the biggest impact.

My current goal in TALONS is to stay focused on what matters. There are a countless amount of distractions and paths I could take that could have both positive and negative outcomes but I choose to stay on my current path. Staying focused on school work is my main objective and I know that in the long run, it could alter relationships with people in my life but hopefully, these choices I make will benefit or enrich my learning in some way. I believe that James Cook exemplifies my goals exactly. He too had many choices in life and paths to choose from but he stuck to his goal of exploring the Pacific Ocean, even if it meant leaving behind his homeland.

The legacy James Cook left behind should inspire all those seeking adventure. Cook spent 12 years at sea, charting the Pacific Ocean including the coasts of New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and the west coast of British Columbia. His precisely accurate charts provided navigators with maps that are still being used today. Cook’s voyages are credited with helping to guide generations of explorers, his astronomy studies assisted in the Venus Transit, and his legacy that he left behind causes many to believe that he did more to fill the map of the world than any other explorer in history.




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