About leesha

21 year old female, I love fishing, hunting, shooting guns, camo, jacked up trucks and mud. I'm more of a tom boy, with a splash of girly.

Vaccines

I am pro vaccines, here is my opinion essay style. Let me know what your opinion on vaccines are!

An immunization is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. Vaccines stimulate the body’s own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease. Antivaccination is a large growing thing that is now popular in North America. Antivaccination is a result of many things; religious and philosophical beliefs, individual rights and freedoms, misinformation about risks and overpreception of the risks. In North America almost 1 out of every 5 children have not received their recommended vaccines.

There are many mandatory vaccines a child must receive in order to attend school. Some of the vaccines include; diphtheria, which is a disease that affects the nose, throat and skin, can result in breathing problems, heart failure and nerve damage. Tetanus; a germ that can get into the skin by a cut or an open sore that causes the muscles to cramp and dangerous spasms. Polio which you can get from drinking water or eating food with this virus in it, causing nerve damage, or death. This disease can also be spread from person to person. Measles which causes high fevers, cough, rashes, runny nose and watery eyes, this disease may lead to ear infections or pneumonia. A viral infection known as mumps can cause fevers, headaches, swelling of the cheeks, jaw and neck. This infection may lead to hearing loss and inflammation in the brain. Rubella can cause fevers, sore throat, swollen glands, and a rash on the face or neck, although rubella can occur without a rash. This infection can cause complications in pregnant women and their babies as well as arthritis in adults. Meningococcal can cause meningitis and other serious diseases. This can be passed on through person-to-person and it causes blood poisoning, infections in the brain and spinal cord. Pertussis also known as the whooping cough, can lead a child’s cough to vomiting or to stop their breathing. Lastly, varicella or better known as the chicken pox. The symptoms of chicken pox are tiredness, headaches, high fevers, chills, joint/muscle aches which all lead up to red itchy blister-like rashes. In serious cases of the chickenpox, bacterial skin infections, ear infections and pneumonia can occur.

There are many positive things about getting your children and yourself vaccinated. Getting vaccinated can save your life from many diseases. The ingredients used to make up your vaccine are used in safe amounts so they rarely give you a reaction. Vaccines protect the community, they provide society with many economical benefits and they also protect the future generations from these diseases. Vaccines are stated to be safe and save time and money. Diseases still exist so vaccines are a must, although some vaccines have wiped out other diseases like small pox. The last reported small pox case was in Somalia in the year of 1977.

Just as many positive things about vaccinations, there are negatives. Some cases of getting a vaccine can end up causing serious, sometimes fatal side effects. The ingredients used to make up the shot contain harmful ones. Religious beliefs and freedoms has a lot of influence on why people chose to not be vaccinated, and the government should respect their choices and not intervene on personal decisions. The vaccine is unnatural and some say big companies should not be trusted to make vaccines. Most diseases are relatively harmless making vaccines unnecessary.

I personally do think this is a form of child abuse depending on the vaccine. I agree with all of the mandatory vaccinations that kids must have in order to attend school. I do not agree with the flu shot, my mother use to force me to get them when I was younger, and one time I had a reaction to the shot and it made me sick. Now that I am old enough to make my own decisions I choose not get the flu vaccination anymore. Eventually when I have children of my own, I will be getting them vaccinated for everything else except the flu vaccination. Choosing to opt out of getting the basic shots for your child puts them in a dangerous position. A lot of diseases can be picked up through human contact; kids are out playing a lot and touch a lot of objects that other kids touch. They do not wash their hands as often as they should making them more vulnerable to getting sick and developing some of these diseases. Choosing to get your child vaccinated potentially could save their life in the long run. Many of these diseases have brutal side effects and can end up with life threatening symptoms. There is a boy in critical care at the London hospital that did not get the tetanus shot. He stepped on a nail and started showing symptoms 10 days later. He remains in critical care while his body tries to fight off the toxin. This could take weeks or months for his body to fight off the toxin. This simply could have been prevented if the parents got the boy the tetanus shots. Therefore, opting out of having your child vaccinated for certain diseases should be considered a form of child abuse.

Sources:

  1. “Vanishing Vaccinations: why are so many Americans opting out of vaccinating their children?” Pub Med.gov. 2004 Retrieved From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15568260
  2. “Immunization” World Health Organization. Retrieved From: http://www.who.int/topics/immunization/en/
  3. Rob Gowan. “Boy, 6, in critical condition at London hospital with Ontario’s first recorded case of tetanus.” London Free Press. June 1st Retrieved From: http://www.lfpress.com/2015/05/29/boy-6-fighting-tetanus
  4. “Immunization” Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Retrieved From: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/immunization/ispa.aspx
  5. “Should any vaccines be required for children?” ProCon.org. Retrieved From: http://vaccines.procon.org

Death Penalty Debate

A couple of years ago I took the Border Services program as a potential career path. In my Criminal and Civil law class, we were given an assignment to debate against another group on the death penalty in Canada. My group was all for bringing back the death penalty, the other group was against it. Although I do not have everyones debates, here is what I wrote.

Criminal & civil law: Canada Should Bring Back the Death Penalty

Canada should bring back the death penalty because if the convict has committed a serious crime for example; rape, torture, murder and all other serious crimes they should not have the right to live. If someone puts another person through pain in anyway whether it be physically or mentally; I feel they need to understand what they have put the other person through.

People fear death; therefore by bringing back the death penalty to Canada, it will be a warning to those thinking about committing a serious crime. It is not worth your own life to kill or torture another’s.

Now that the lethal injection is used in the states, it does cost almost twice as much as keeping them incarcerated for life but that is only a one-time fee. Rather then using the electrocution chair, hanging someone, the firing squad, and a gas chamber or beheading them; they use lethal injection as a form of the death penalty. It is not as messy and it’s a quick way to end someone’s life. It first puts the person to sleep, and then it stops their breathing and then their heart. It is a less cruel way of killing someone.

By bringing back the death penalty to Canada, this may provide closure for the victims or the victims family and friends. Knowing that the person who killed or tortured their friend or family member is no longer alive and that they wont have to worry about them anymore. This also would reduce the amount of inmates escaping from prison.

 

Bibliography

“Death Penalty: Pros & Cons” ProCon.org (2009, April 13th) retrieved from:http://deathpenalty.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=002000

“5 Arguments For and Against the Death Penalty” Listverse (2013, June 1) retrieved from:http://listverse.com/2013/06/01/5-arguments-for-and-against-the-death-penalty/

Death Penalty Arguments (2001, March 5) retrieved from:http://www.prodeathpenalty.com/ornellaspaper.htm

My bucket list 

•sky dive 

•bungee jump 

•fishing in the Caribbean 

•volunteer in a third world country 

•travel the world

•get a sleeve

•adopt an animal 

•get a hairless cat 

•gator hunt in Louisiana swamps

•go hog/bore hunting 

•eat spaghetti in Italy 

•visit the leaning tower of Pisa 

•visit the country side of Ireland 

•ride a double decker bus in England 

•visit the Statue of Liberty & time square 

•visit the bean in Chicago 

•fish out east in Canada (PEI, Nova Scotia etc)

✔️go to a country concert

•go to Los Vegas 

•get married, in a barn 

•own a jacked up truck 

•take my parents on a trip

•own a fishing boat 

•visit Dubai 

•go to a Lil Wayne concert 

✔️see Chris Young live 

•go to boots and hearts 

•visit Nashville, TN

✔️star watch from the bed of a truck with my S/O

•throw a dart at a map, travel to where ever it lands to 

•learn Spanish 

•go to Quebec and watch the transport races

•stay at the Le Meridien Bora Bora 

•fishing in the Florida keys

•go to the Calgary stampede 

•climb the stairway to heaven in Hawaii 

Racism Essay

Racism is the belief that all members of each race posses characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races (Google definition). I was born in the southern United States where racism is unfortunately very common. Most people experience their childhood in one social society. Although it was not easy, I had the privilege of experiencing two social societies. I am biracial; my father is black and my mother is white. Being a biracial child does have many advantages and disadvantages.

Most people experience their childhood in one social society. Although it was not easy, I had the privilege of experiencing two. I was born and raised for the first four years of my life in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA. Having an interracial relationship with biracial kids down south in the 90’s was frowned upon, making being together tough on my parents. According to my dad who is black, said that when they were out in public together, people would give them dirty looks, and he said that eventually he got use to how things were because racism was huge while he was growing up as well. My mom on the other hand was not use to this due to the fact that she is white and grew up in Ontario. While my parents were in public, my mom said that people would shake their heads, make inappropriate comments, and talk about my parents. Older black women and the white people even called her names and treated them both poorly.

Being a biracial child has its advantages and disadvantages. Around the time and area my brother and I were born, having a white mom and a black dad was not very common. People did not support their choices 100%. My mom’s parents were not happy when they found out my mother was dating a black man; they were concerned about her safety. My dad’s parents did not mind it at all; they were supportive through most of it. They were ecstatic to hear their first grandchild was on her way.

Its tough to be biracial sometimes, kids now a days go around dropping the N word like its nothing. When I am filling out forms that ask you your race, they have options like White, Black, Native, Hispanic etc. It makes it difficult to decide which one to choose; occasionally there is a box that says other but rarely.

When it was time for me to go to school, my parents applied to multiple schools around Clarksdale. No schools accepted my request except one. It was an all white school, and the only reason why they accepted me was to get a better funding and it would have been beneficial to have a minority in their school.

Racism will always be something that people will take part in. People are not born racist; they’re raised that way. If everyone taught their children that we are all the same, and that no race is superior to another, things in the world may just be at peace. From experience, I try my best to over look the racism going on in this world. I try not to partake in the childish behaviours toward others.

Homicide in Canada

Homicide is defined as “a person who commits murder when, directly or indirectly, by any means, he causes the death of a human being” (CC s.222(4)). Most common methods of homicide in Canada consist of shooting, stabbing, beating, strangulation and fire (burns/suffocation) (Stats Can). Statistically, victims of homicide are often men between the ages of 30-39 years and women between the ages of 40-49 years (Stats Can). However, men on average are more likely to die from a homicide then women. There are two different charges for homicide: First degree consists of planning and deliberating and second degree is any murder that is not considered first degree (Stats Can).

     According to Statistics Canada (2012), during 1966 homicide was at its lowest at a rate of 1.3 (for 100,000 population), while in 1975 homicide hit its peak at a rate of 3.0. Currently, the homicide rate in Canada for 2012 is 1.56. Although there was a slight increase in the homicide rates in Canada in the early 1990’s, we have seen a gradual decline in the last 40 years.

There can be many reasons why the homicide rate is decreasing in Canada. Many people speculate that tougher sentences for crimes, mentoring programs for youth and criminals, and support within the community all help to improve their lives.

Homicides in Canada can be reduced by: Bringing more campaigns to high schools and work places to educate people on the dangers of weapons; making depression or anger counselling more affordable and accessible; educating the public on what to do in a life or death situation; helping ex-offenders find a stable living environment and employment (Nancy La Vigne).

We need to remain cautious about interpreting the statistics that indicate a downward trend of homicide rates in Canada. Although numbers appear to be declining in stabbings, in 2011 158 victims were killed by guns and in 2012 172 were killed (Stats Can). Will this recent change in homicide methods affect the homicide rates in Canada over the next decade? Or will our government’s tough-on-crime agenda continue to keep Canada’s homicides rates at an all time low.

 

Chart (in image above)

Homicides, Canada, 1961-2012

Police recorded 543 homicides in Canada in 2012, 55 fewer than the previous year. The homicide rate in 2012 was 1.56 victims per 100,000 population, down 10% from 2011 and the lowest homicide rate recorded since 1966.

 

Bibliography

“Crime Rate Continues to Drop Across Canada.” National Post (2011, July 21) Retrieved From:http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/07/21/crime-rate-down-across-canada/

Carswell (2015). Criminal Code s.222 (4)

Michael Jones. “The Downside to Diversity.” The Boston Globe. (2007, August 5).Retrieved From:http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/articles/2007/08/05/the_downside_of_diversity/?page=full

Peter Tatian. “Housing- and Visualizing-DC’s booming population.” Metro Trends. (2014, October 7). Retrieved From:http://blog.metrotrends.org/2013/05/ways-reduce-crime/

Statistics Canada. (2013, December 19) Retrieved From:http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/legal01-eng.htm

Statistics Canada. (2013, December 19) Retrieved From: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/legal10a-eng.htm

Statistics Canada. (2013, December 19) Retrieved From:http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131219/dq131219b-eng.htm

Statistics Canada. (2013, December 19) Retrieved From:http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131219/dq131219b-eng.htm