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  1. Some fact checking for you: The last time terrorism was committed in the name of Quebec sovereignty was in 1970 with the October crisis of the FLQ. Bilingualism became law in 1982 (constitutional law, I may add.) You're kinda getting your historical sequencing a little bit wrong there, by a decade or two. Also, "Quebec's hatred for English Canada has grown significantly since this policy has been [implemented]" is arguably incorrect. You would have to define what you mean by "hatred", which is really quite a sensationalist term to use, and if it's grown "significantly", then why hasn't Quebec
  2. Haha about the Fox. Please tell me you don't believe the Philips Curve? It's a fact that economists believed it to be a scientific law similar to gravity during the 1970s. It didn't make sense to them that as inflation continued to rise, unemployment also began to rise. It turns out that when you artificially support companies that need to fail with subsidies, you increase inflation. In the short-term, this is fine, but unfortunately, as inflation rises, all of the costs rise, so the net loss of these failing companies increases, so they need more subsidies. Also, the government needs more ta
  3. Some fact checking for you: The last time terrorism was committed in the name of Quebec sovereignty was in 1970 with the October crisis of the FLQ. Bilingualism became law in 1982 (constitutional law, I may add.) You're kinda getting your historical sequencing a little bit wrong there, by a decade or two. Also, "Quebec's hatred for English Canada has grown significantly since this policy has been [implemented]" is arguably incorrect. You would have to define what you mean by "hatred", which is really quite a sensationalist term to use, and if it's grown "significantly", then why hasn't Quebec
  4. More like Canada is doing better despite conservative economic policies. Two things: 1) You do realize that the de-regulation of the financial sector in the end of the Clinton admin and throughout the Bush admin is what led to the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the first place? 2) Canada wasn't as negatively impacted because of the financial regulations we had in place that the US did not. We're doing better out of it because the CPC were persuaded to adopt the stimulus package that the opposition advocated (and still managed to fumble it à la Clement and the wholesale channeling of money into
  5. Not at all. Canada and the US have basically the same external economic environment, so you can't use that excuse. Canada is implimenting conservative economic policies. Obama is doing things like bailing out green companies selling products that no one wants to buy with monye he collected from successful companies. Basically, it's saying to good campanies, "You can't expand," and to bad companies, "Well, no one wants to buy your products, so we'll bail you out." It's idiotic. No wonder Canada is doing so much better through the recession. Also, the foreign policy? What the hell is this? He co
  6. Nuclear power is an amazing energy resource. It's not just 'good'; it's literally the best energy source in the world. It's much more sustainable than fossil fuels and it's still economically viable, unlike wind, hydro, etc. The main opposition to nuclear power is fear of radiation, but a lot of it has no scientific basis. Yes, Chernobyl killed people. How many people? 4000. Everyone in Eastern Europe likes to claim their cancer is from Chernobyl, but the most accurate estimate of deaths caused due to Chernobyl is 4000. This was the only time nuclear power went horribly wrong and it only kille
  7. Capitalism, in my opinion, is the only way one can truly be moral. When one constantly has the state telling you how to use your resources, how can you be charitable? As for socialism being moral, how is it moral to take money from people who work hard to give to those who are lazy? Capitalism isn't greed. It's freedom to live as you choose. If you choose to be an alcoholic, then you can be an alcoholic, just don't expect anyone to pay you for it. If you choose to work hard, you've sarcrificed a lot of your energy for the betterment of your world, don't you deserve to have more than someone w
  8. Chronicle of a Death Foretold, A Doll's House (yes, it's a play, but it was still amazing), The Handmaid's Tale, The Edible Woman (it's obscure and less famous, but it's worth reading), Atlas Shrugged (even though it's long), The Color Purple, and Wuthering Heights.
  9. I wrote out every word of my IOP and got 28/30. Teachers frown upon reading your IOP word for word, but there's actually nowhere where you can be penalized, so who cares if they don't like it? I did my IOP on The Edible Woman and I talked about how Margaret Atwood uses the character Ainsley to create disdain for selfish feminists. I reread the entire novel and copied down all the relevant quotations. I then tried to incorporate every aspect I could of my research into the 15 minute presentation. I tied it all back to my thesis that Atwood creates disdain as she satirizes Ainsley. In about 15 m
  10. TAKE ECONOMICS! Economics involves a lot less memorization. It's also much more useful if you want to know about politics, for example, in your country. I took Geography because our school doesn't offer Economics, but I have to take it in university next year for my BBA and I glanced at online exams when I was bored (don't judge). The Geography IA is hell. Each school has various levels of teacher guidance, but this is how it turned out for our school. The entire class does field work. For example, this year, our school investigated soil pH and obtained various data from the soil in a field n
  11. I loved the multiple choice questions. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if I got 100%. Then paper 2 happened. I butchered the data analysis question as usual. The classification question was beautiful and most of the structured short answer were good. The extended response questions were horrible. I felt that this year was especially horrible for the abundance of topic 5 and scarcity of topic 8.
  12. Stalin by all accounts is left-wing. Many people say that Hitler and Mussolini were right-wing. It's funny how people come to believe a myth like that when it is repeated so often. In reality, Hitler and Mussolini were left-wing. They knew economic equality would be deadly, so they developed a hierarchy of authority, which was enforced through violence. However, they stood for full employment, state ownership, massive regulations, and government intervention. I guess they're right-wing compared to Stalin, but compared to the current rulers of Germany and Italy, they are VERY left-wing.
  13. How to get a 7: 1.) Find the syllabus online. 2.) Go through it outcome by outcome and reference the Oxford Study Guide (or some other study guide) to figure out what you need to be able to recite to do well on the exam. 3.) Look at exemplars of good IAs and the marking criteria for the IA carefully before you do yours.
  14. "I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it will usually get you very near." - Margaret Thatcher. I think it is obvious that hard work helps you significantly and that laziness hurts you significantly. However, there may be some room for natural ability. Has anyone ever considered where natural ability comes from? I think that natural ability is attained through hard work. No one came out of the womb able to do...anything. However, over time, through experiences in our lives, we learned to behave in ways a
  15. For a completely different angle, imagine a country like Canada, where the majority is being forced to take on the language of the minority. Basically, Quebec is allowed to pass laws that prohibit English signs from being placed in roads, but if English provinces did that, then that would be breaking a constitutional right. Making sure we hire bilingual people to federal government jobs, even when it isn't necessary, costs about $1.6 billion each year. This, however, was done as an attempt to make sure Quebec didn't hate English Canadians. Therefore, it came as a surprise to Trudeau, the Prime
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