Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Create Your Own Charter


Our Charter:

Fundamental Freedoms
  • Lifestyle Freedoms
    • Freedom of religion .
    • Freedom of association with any individual or group.
    • Freedom of your individual.
  • Communication Freedoms
    • Freedom of the press.
    • Freedom of other forms of media communication.
    • Freedom of expression.

Government Relations with the People
  • Equal representation in the government between minorities and majorities. (also applies in minority rights).
  • Individuals have the opportunity to have an educated vote in the election
  • Government can be re-elected every 4 years.

Equality Rights
  • Right to be free of discrimination regardless of race, gender, age, religion, culture, sexuality, or any other factor.

Minority Rights
  • Regardless of any factor, if there is a substantial population that requires a service the government is required to provide it.

How we made it:

Our Charter is similar to the Canadian Charter but also slightly different at the same time. If our created charter looks lacking, it is because a) we had some trouble thinking of things that were important to all of us and b) we wanted to create a concise document to exemplify our personal belief in what our ideal charter would contain. First of all we kept in the section titled “Fundamental Freedoms”. We believed that this is an imperative area of Canada’s charter, and something that was severely lacking in our GINS books (which often was the cause of the major conflicts). The 2 aspects of fundamental freedoms we felt strongly about were lifestyle freedoms and communication freedoms. The former was obvious because we all believed that this is every person’s basic right- to conduct their lifestyle as they see fit (as long as it does not harm others). Communication freedoms might seem stranger, but in my GINS book Fahrenheit 451, this is the central cause of conflict. The freedom of not only self expression, but the press through a variety of media forms is something we often take for granted in Canada and is something i definitely learned to appreciate more after finishing my novel. Communication is something that connects us, that spreads idea’s and creates a commonality between people and cultures. It’s an inherent trait of human kind, and something everyone can relate to.

We made a section titled “Government’s Relation with the People” to demonstrate the importance of a fair democratic society. We didn’t just want to call it Democratic rights as we think it’s important to have a healthy government - citizen relationship. We clarified that equal representation in government would be had with both minorities and majorities as to avoid unfair bias. We also clarified that you must cast an educated vote. In Fahrenheit 451, it was shown that because the society is so vapid, many people voted people into office based on looks and no regard for their political platform. We thought this important because often an uneducated vote can cause more harm than no vote at all, as it does not exemplify your identity and values. We also have a section concerning minority rights. Though this might not be everyone’s immediate choice to include in their Charter, it is an important one. It often is the majority does represent your country, and if you are in a minority (of things like religion, gender, or language) it should not change your ability to access essential resources. This was not an issue in my novel especially but was in my peer’s novels. We did want to add more to this section but because of our limited time, we weren’t able to, though I would like to in the future.
 
We also included the same equality rights as the Canadian charter because this is something we all found great importance in, and something we think that with this ideal we can make a great society, but without it can break a society (we added in equality regardless of sexuality).

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