Wednesday, 30 April 2014


If you were part of Cole’s Justice Circle, what kinds of information would affect your decision-making? What things have you learned about Cole and his life that provide you with some important clues to understanding him? How might this context affect your decision regarding the consequences Cole should face for his actions? Consider what you have learned so far about the YCJA and its intentions for youth. Explore this in a well-developed paragraph or two that includes specific supporting details from the novel as well as your inquiry (parts B, C, and D).

If I were part of Cole's justice circle, the fact that he beat an innocent kid, I would think he's guilty and send him to jail. But after hearing his family issues and life story, how his dad beats him all the time and his mom is an alcoholic, he isn't that bad, it's his family issues thats making him do these things. I would make him do community service for what he did the the kid and also take the Youth Criminal Justice System. He should also have a probation officer (in the book, Garvey) who sticks with him at all time because Cole's attitude really makes his future decisions unpredictable. 

He also robbed a harbour store and when Peter came out to get him to return what he robbed, Cole punched him and hurt him badly. Since Cole purposely stole from a store, in Canada, he'd probably be chased by the security and then taken to jail where his parents would have to get him and then they'd have to go to court and deal with his offence. He would also have to be in the same room with the victim (Peter) and the community would decide his sentence, which I think would be community service for a few weeks to make up for what he did. Also he would have to apologize to the victim and the community for his offence. 

Thursday, 6 March 2014

GINS mini challenge

“You’re not the only one, Brother,” I told him before I left. “There are many children like you in Nepal. The only difference between you and them is that they still think they are alone in the world.”
            I chose this quote because it really illustrates the fact that there is still hope in every single child out there in Nepal. I wanted a picture that had one part of it sticking out with colour, and the part that stuck out had a meaning, in this case, was the heart. The heart represented hope and how every child has hope but not everyone thinks they do, which is why the child isn't holding the balloon, but it was hers at one point. Some words were black because those were important words, "alone" and "world" were in bigger letters because they were the most important, the last line of the quote was the part that was most touching and really made me think about the purpose of Conor's mission (to bring back hope to kids.) I had some words in red, the colour of the heart, because they were important words too, just not as important as the ones in black. Both the black and the red words are words that you should pay attention to when you are reading the quote because those are what make readers think about the issue. Children are being trafficked in Nepal, but they still have hope that they will get rescued one day.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

GINS post #7- main characters point of view

        "One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal." - Cover of Little Princes by Conor Gennan. 

I loved the smell of golden pancakes drifting into my room waking me up in the morning, the sweetness of the maple syrup drizzled on them slowly sliding down the sides, the taste of fresh blueberries beautifully placed on top of the pancake stack is amazing. The sound of birds chirping in the afternoon, the sound of cars busily driving along the streets, the sun shining through my window warming up my heart preparing me for another day. I always had my mind on different plans each day, but that was the US. This, is Nepal, where I am right now. The same plan everyday, helping children get to safe homes free of child trafficking, it is my top priority. Ever since my group of volunteers found out that a few of our kids were trafficked while I was back in the US,  I 've been waking up every morning to a cold, snowy and busy day, worrying where some of our orphanage kids are. Some were sold as slaves and starved nearly to death, it pains me to hear that terrible news. All I can do is hurry and save those poor innocent children from their misery. Child trafficking in Nepal is a huge problem and it is so important that we all help these kids. After finding all the kids, we were relieved and eventually built a safe place for the children to stay. We named it "The Little Princes Children's Home." 

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

GINS Post #6

Hello! Today we were challenged to create a global charter document in a group. Here's what my group came up with:

Fundamental Freedoms:
  • Everyone should have the right to express their opinions
  • Everyone has the right for an education

Democratic Rights:
  • Both women and men should have the right to vote
Mobility Rights:
  • Ability to move anywhere within your country and create a living there
  • Ability to leave any country

Legal Rights:
  • The right to be free from imprisonment, search and seizure without evidence backed up by law
  • The right to a quick and fair trial in front of an impartial court that believes you are innocent until proven guilty

Equality Rights:
  • Collective groups should be free from discrimination of age, race, gender, etc.
  • Every child should be free from trafficking

Individual Rights:
  • Every person with a job requiring (a) selfless act(s) has the right to receive publicly funded help if traumatized mentally and/or physically
  • Homeless should be supported by the government
  • No one should be denied of publicly funded loans no matter what their status is unless proven with reason backed by law to believe otherwise

    Making this document was challenging because as a group, we thought that the global charter should be the same as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We did, however, add a few rights to our global charter regarding the rights that were violated in our GINS books. We realized that there are many countries out there that aren't as "free" as Canada. For example, equality towards certain people: women were not treated equally compared to men (Bangladesh) and children were trafficked in our books (Nepal). Even though this doesn't happen in Canada, it does in other countries, so as a global charter, rights related to this should be included. Some troubled we had were connecting with EJ's book, hers was in Canada and no rights were violated but at the end we still found some individual rights we could include. Her book talked about people becoming homeless and mentally or physically effected from being selfless (being in war for your country.) I definitely think that a global charter document should have more specific rights because some countries do things that others don't, yet make it a big problem for the world (child trafficking is an example.)

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

GINS Post #5

Is there a similar document for the nation in which your issue occurs?
Yes there is one called the "Constitution of Nepal" made in 2007.

If so, what rights and freedoms are guaranteed in the document?

  • Every person has rights to live freely with dignity and no capital punishment law will to made
  • every citizen has the freedom of opinion and expression
  • every citizen has freedom to made a peaceful meeting without arms
  • every citizen has the freedom to form a political party or organization
  • every citizen has freedom to move anywhere in Nepal and carry out your job wherever in Nepal
  • every citizen has freedom to form unions and associations
  • rights against untouchability and racial discrimination
  • citizens may not be discriminated through caste, race, age, sex, tribe etc.
  • no discrimination between women and men with the same job
  • women have rights not to be abused and have good health
  • children have rights to their own identity (I believe the rights are there to make people feel safe in Nepal but no one really follows the laws, it wasn't the state that decided to have the Little Princes Children's Home, that was from other people from outside countries)
  • mentally illdd children have the privilege to seek mental help
  • every citizen has the right to express their religion
  • every citizen should have the right to have a job from the law (not true, so many don't have jobs)
  • rights against torture (not true, in the book, children where tortured, treated like slaves and starved almost to death)
  • no minors should be employed
  • rights against human trafficking (thats not true at all, children get trafficked all the time in that book)
  • rights against slavery (in Nepal, children were trafficked and then sold to other people as slaves)
  • rights against labour (not true, in the book children were slaves)
  • every citizen has the right to have free education (not true because in Nepal, most children didn't have that access)

If not, why do you think this is the case? Have there been any attempts to remedy this?

How might the issue be different if the Canadian Charter were applied?

  • It states that they can move anywhere in Nepal and carry out their jobs etc. In Canada, you have mobility rights to move wherever they want not only in Canada.
  • if laws are broken in Canada, people get punished and arrested. In Nepal, so many laws were broken at the time and no one was caught or arrested. In the Nepal constitution document, theres no punishment laws towards any of those laws except for the discrimination
  • The Canadian Charter and the Nepal Constitution are not much different, it's just that they don't have many punishments, nor do they follow those laws
  • In Canada, children have rights. In Nepal children have rights but the government somehow doesn't let that happen

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

GINS Consumer Comparison Post

     The book I am reading for the global issues novel study is The Little Princes by Conor Grennan. The setting is Nepal, a rural area and many children were trafficked there (2004.) I don’t think that Nepal has an economy, people mostly have animals that they take care of then eat. In fact, I think Nepal (at the time-2004-) was the exact opposite to a market society. The US, for example, is a market society. They almost live off of selling things and buying things, going to malls etc. In Nepal, I can’t imagine malls being there if the area is so rural and so many children were trafficked there. The country was just developing then.
     I feel that people in Nepal focus on their needs rather than their wants. In the US, vice versa. This is probably because in Nepal, there aren’t really many cool things that are offered. In the US, they have fashion, junk food, music etc. All that stuff is what they want, not what they need. I think that if I were to put a person from Nepal to a country like the US, that person would probably be lost. I did realize throughout this book, that some children that were trafficked by Golkka were sold for slavery. I find that shocking and definitely not something that would happen in Canada or the US.
Self Staffers, SELF, Self Staffers. Dec.27.2011. accessed Nov.19. 2013

Monday, 18 November 2013

The Little Princes- Roundtable Discussion 2

Here is the link to our discussion