Where I Stand

By: Andrew E

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Francophone Affairs - Should it be mandatory for students to take French?

Since French is one of Canada's two official languages, students in Canada are required to study French as a second language (FSL) in grades 4 to 8 and earn at least one credit in FSL in secondary school. Despite students in Canada receiving these programs, according to Statistics Canada in 2011, close to 10 million Canadians reported being able to conduct a conversation in French. That's just under 30% of Canada's population. That number is down from 30.7% in 2006.

Why is this an important issue?

  • This is an important issue because students are spending a lot of time studying FSL, but the percentage of the population that can conduct a conversation in French is decreasing.

What can the government do?

  • The government shouldn't make it mandatory for students to study FSL because many students will never use it after they're done with the requirements in high school.
  • The government could make another subject that students will find more useful later in their life mandatory instead of French.

Transportation - Should the driving age be increased?

According to niagararegion.ca each year 2800 deaths result from car accidents. Approximately, 350 of these involve teens aged 15-19. Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death people aged 15-19. Most car accidents can be avoided and are caused by poor driver decisions.

Why is this an important issue?

  • This is an important issue because too many teens are being involved in car crashes and are being severely injured or even killed.

What can the government do?

  • The government could increase the driving age so teens will get their licenses when they're a little older and wiser therefore decreasing the amount of teens being injured or killed in car accidents.

Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs - Should we stop developing on farmland?

According to Statistics Canada, the total area ('000 acres) of farmland in Ontario in 2011 is 12,668.2 which is down from 13,310.2 in 2006. The loss in farmland between 2011 and 2006 is the biggest loss in a 5 year span in the past 20 years.

Why this is an important issue:

  • This is an important issue because we keep developing on farmland and we keep losing more farmland. When we lose too much farmland we will not be able to grow enough crops to feed our communities and we will become reliant on produce from other provinces or countries.

What can the government do?

  • Instead of developing on farmland, the government should start knocking down old buildings that are no longer being used and build on that land that way we preserve the farmland and are still able to develop new buildings.