T09 PTI Check in #1


In Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian the main character Junior faces many conflicts. As apart of living on a reservation, he has conflicts with poverty, his disabilities, social acceptance, his family, his friendships but most importantly the expectations and stereotypes that are set for him as a Spokane First Nations. The outside world views the Spokane reservation as poor and hopeless. On the reservation there is little external interaction but when Junior attends the prestigious white school Reardan, the stereotypes take serious effect. Junior is seen as dumb, ugly, worthless and is a subject of constant racism. This is shown best by Penelope’s dad Earl, who does not approve of her relationship with Junior; “Kid, if you get my daughter pregnant, if you make some charcoal babies, I’m going to disown her”(109). On the reservation Junior is constantly facing a sheer wall of hopelessness. Everyone expects him to accomplish nothing and to live out the rest of his life in poverty. To succeed, Junior must break through these expectations set by everyone around him. This is his largest conflict. It is one struggle to live in poverty but choosing to challenge your place in life and choosing to abandon your heritage in search of a better path, is a much harder fight. He can choose to stay and accept his fate or to fight and “find more and more hope the [further] and [further] [he] [walks] away from [the] sad, sad, sad reservation” (43).



Does pretending to be someone else make you weak?

Fake it until you make. This is technique used by politicians, celebrities and anyone who wants change. Pretending to be a person who is stronger, more powerful and happier does not make you weak. If anything, it makes you strong and brave to make such a drastic change to yourself. Every great person only learned to become unique by copying others and through a combination of traits. Everyone should have a role model that they aspire to share traits with.

Why People Fail to Equip Others

We enjoy doing the work ourselves

In TALONS, hard work is praised and putting more time into projects comes in better results. Often this results in a ‘workaholic’ attitude toward school where far too much time is spent working rather than playing. I can personally relate to feeling bored and lazy when I am not doing any work. On weekends when there is nothing for me to do, I am left feeling unproductive and unhappy. This results in a lack of equipping people because we just enjoy doing the work ourselves and we love to work. In TALONS we need to develop this by trusting each other. If not, we will all attempt to do the work ourselves it will be utter chaos. For leadership we must delegate and share equity in our work, especially in planning events. If we attempt to plan an entire event alone than there will be mistakes and as many leaders we must delegate together to ensure the best result.

We underestimate people

TALONS is a gifted program with many incredibly gifted learners coming together in high school. Having an environment where gifted learners can work together is wonderful but for many students it is the first time learning in an environment with other gifted learners. TALONS encompasses all of SD43 and most learners come from different schools where they are accustomed to doing most of the work on group assignments. As a result from these situations, many new TALONS learners expect very little from their group members and underestimate their skills and abilities. This underestimation can result in a lack of equity on projects and is something that all of us as TALONS learners should learn to improve on by simply having faith in eachother. This law also relations to the fifth, We are in the habit of doing everything.

We receive ego strength from being needed

In TALONS we are all leaders and we are all learning leadership together. This ends up being challenging as we are all at the same stage and there is no clear boundary giving us power over the others. This can lead to an unhealthy competition between learners as we all want to be the better leader. Why do we want to be the best leader? Because we receive ego strength from being needed and contributing the most. This is fine for many aspects but this strength can make us egotistical and like all things leadership needs balance. Having one person lead all the time takes away the whole leadership aspect from the TALONS program as only one person is actually developing the skills. Overall as TALONS we can apply the opposite of this by recognizing each other’s skills and taking turns in leadership positions.




The hum of nocturnal bugs continues into the night. I lay on my back, legs spread, camouflaged in mud too deep for any movement. I feel utter loneliness in the jungle glade; my only company in the pitch black are the ants, whose aquamarine glow floats eerily upon the branches of the canopy, acting as a lighthouse in the low-lying fog. Parasitic vines spiral down thick trunks to the base, draining nutrients from the ancient giants. Bleak ferns spring out of the dark mud all around me, ready to devour. On another day, the musky smell of mushrooms and pungent flowers would have been breathtaking, but today it stands overridden by soil. The humid air hangs still in anticipation. The trees no longer breathe, vines no longer slither and the mud becomes even more ravenous as I sink deeper into the dirt, unable to fight. My teeth grind as the mire slowly oozes down into my esophagus. As I drift into my demise, I feel a last blanket of warmth as I am immersed, ever so slowly drowning. The tiny patter of ant feet on my cheeks marks the last daylight I will ever see. The Jungle’s appetite has been appeased.
by Adam Crespi

Introductory Eminent Post

The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not to be worshipped. It is our future in which we will find our greatness

For 15 years Pierre Trudeau was the prime minister of this country. Some loved him and some hated him but the impact he left on Canada and the world is undisputedly good.

I chose Pierre Trudeau as my eminent person this year largely because of his son, Justin Trudeau who is our current prime minister. For the first time in Canadian history a father and son have both become our leader. What about the Trudeaus made them such good politicians? This is one question I hope to answer while researching my person.

Me Pierre Trudeau
West Coast Canadian French Canadian
Atheist Catholic
Educationally Centred Educationally Centred
Career in Science Career in Law
Middle Class Upper Middle Class


Pierre Trudeau likely passed on some of his remarkable skills that helped him achieve eminence as Canada’s 3rd longest serving prime minister. A politician’s job is to deal with people and this is exactly what Pierre excelled at. From all his years of travel and exploration worldwide, Pierre developed extraordinary social skills that were beneficial for a career as a public leader. The Globe and Mail put it better than I ever could in a memorial after his death.

“Mr. Trudeau was different. He hated to compromise. He refused to be mealy-mouthed. He loved to swim against the tide. He had a vision of Canada and he stuck to it. In his dreams, he saw a Canada where everyone is equal under the law, where no one need suffer hatred or discrimination, where no group is above another. It was a wonderful dream and he fought for it to his last breath. Canadians for generations will honour him for it.” 

-The Globe and Mail, Sept 29, 2000

This quote summarizes quite well what I aspire to learn from Trudeau. His pure determination, bravery and selflessness are all things that I admire and one day hope to have in common with him.

Many of Pierre’s talents also relate to my own goals in TALONS. I admire his supreme social and leadership skills. Pierre Trudeau had an uncanny ability to inspire hope inside people and I desire to develop some of these leadership skills that made him such an excellent politician through my years in TALONS.

The largest barrier that does stand between Pierre and me is the different parts of Canada we were raised in. Pierre was raised in Quebec at a time of separatism and held the beliefs that Quebec should leave Canada.Image result for collège jean-de-brébeuf It was only in the midpoint of his career when he changed his mind and began to push for a “single” Canada. Being a British Columbian, I will definitely struggle with seeing from the separatist point of view as I have never been to Quebec and have almost no understanding of the Quebecois culture. Throughout this project I hope to overcome this by making an effort to read QuebecScreen Shot 2018-10-15 at 6.38.14 PM separatist forums to understand another way of thinking.


Pierre Trudeau was a Canadian politician, and an excellent one at that. Without his contributions, Canada would be missing many of the aspects that are such a key part of our international reputation. As the Minister of Justice, Pierre decriminalized homosexuality, legalized contraception and abortion, and introduced new gun safety laws. These things were unseen in the world and Canada acted as a flagship for many of these revolutionary ideas.

Image result for pierre trudeau and fidel castro

Once he became Prime Minister, the changes he made became much more drastic. As Prime Minister, he dealt with international politics, developed Canada as a bilingual nation and made Canada a friend to as many countries as possible. Trudeau even managed to become friends with Fidel Castro, the Cuban communist dictator. Pierre Trudeau made Canada a role model for other nations across the world for human rights, LGTBQ+ acceptance, immigration and unity as a country.

In accomplishing these feats, Pierre ran into many quandaries as the result of politics. One of the most notable of these was the October Crisis where he put an end to a terrorist group in Quebec by enacting the War Measures act, which gave police far more power than usual. Many Canadians disliked having rights temporally stripped from them and this further fueled the love-hate view of Trudeau.

The love-hate view Canada had of Trudeau is partly what made him so special compared to other politicians of his time. No prime minister in Canadian history has been so loved yet so hated at the same time. Trudeau is special simply because he did what he believed was right. Politicians are generally known for trying to appeal to their voters desires but Pierre did little of this. In my opinion, actually caring about our country over voting approval ratings, is something that desperately needs to be brought back into Canadian politics.

The largest piece of wisdom that can be taken away for Pierre Trudeau is a quote of his which should be used by all politicians going into the future.

 A man who tries to please all men by weakening his position or compromising his beliefs, in the end has neither position nor beliefs


My next goal for this project is to hopefully interview my grandparents. My grandparents have a unique view on Pierre that captures the public’s opinion of him very well. My grandma loved Trudeau and heavily supported him while my grandpa was the opposite and despised him. Understanding why people has such differing opinions of him would be very useful in further understanding the legacy of Pierre Trudeau.


Citations in MLA

“Biography – TRUDEAU, PIERRE ELLIOTT – Volume XXII (1991-2000) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography.” Home – Dictionary of Canadian Biography, University of Toronto, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/trudeau_pierre_elliott_22E.html.

Milke, Mark. “The Trudeau Family’s Love of Tyrants.” Macleans.ca, 4 Oct. 2018, http://www.macleans.ca/opinion/the-trudeau-familys-love-of-tyrants/.

“Pierre Trudeau.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 2 Apr. 2014, http://www.biography.com/people/pierre-trudeau-9510956.

“Pierre Trudeau.” Pierre Trudeau – Wikiquote, en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Pierre_Trudeau.

“The Elements That Made Pierre Trudeau Great.” The Globe and Mail, 4 Apr. 2018, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/the-elements-that-made-pierre-trudeau-great/article770090/.

Trudeau, Pierre Elliot. Memoirs. Mccelland and Steward, 1995.


The Golden Compass Novel Study Scene 1

I was slightly disappointed in Lyra’s actions when her best friend Roger went missing. At first Lyra searches for him and she “felt afraid” when she initially couldn’t find him but rather than continuing to search, Lyra becomes preoccupied with her own matters and she ends up leaving Oxford without even saying a goodbye (pg 63). She tried her best, “screaming” and “shrieking at the top of [her] lungs” to no avail and then she gave up(pg 62). This made me begin to perceive Lyra as selfish. Rather than giving up an opportunity of her own to make sure Roger is okay, she pursued her own goals, leaving her friend in danger. From this we can infer that Lyra wants the best for herself and is willing to put others on the backburner to achieve her goals. From her rabid searching we can also infer that Lyra values her friendships dearly and fears losing them to a certain point. This will to protect her friends will go on to propel the future plot. I do not blame Lyra for her decision. Lyra was put into a quandary of internal conflicts. She could pursue her own objective or sacrifice her wants for the good of another person. I have been in a similar situation with English homework, where I will hold off on helping others peer edit to complete my own assignments. If I were in Lyra’s shoes I would have made the same decision and I would have continued in stride to find another way to save Roger.

Dad is Dying

My Dad is Dying Part C

Lying is bad, but in what situations does it become acceptable? To save a marriage? To bring together a community? In the story Dad is Dying, we see a perfect example of when lying becomes reasonable and when it can have positive effects. At the beginning of the story it is obvious that Morley and Dave are having struggles. Morley is overly stressed and busy. She has no time for herself, her garden or her family. Dave is no better and has ‘begun to feel listless”. From some research we can find that Morley’s prolonged period of stress and Dave’s boredom in life are common symptoms of divorce and depression.  Sam’s family isn’t heading in a good direction and this reverses by the end of the story, all due to his lie. Although lying is wrong and the lie was extremely disrespectful, by the end of the book the positives outweigh the negatives. By the last page Sam’s parents are much happier than they were in the beginning. Morley was “laughing for the first time in months” and Dave is barbecuing and interacting with his neighbors for the first time in years. Sam’s lie brought happiness to his parents lives and brought the entire community into a much closer bond.