Regions of Canada

As of November 29, 2019, the optional mapping tool activity for Entry 1 has been changed over to a new mapping tool. The new tool will work a bit different, so please see the instructions on how to make a post to the new map under the Entry 1 instructions.

Any recently added items to the old tool have not been lost. Please see this link for a backup of any data posted before this date.

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This adjustment will not have any impact on student grades. Students can proceed with the Final Project as detailed in the course.

  • Introduction

The Final Project requires you to provide information and analyze this information for different regions of Canada.

The project consists of the following activities (total 45% of your final mark):

    • Five journal entries:
      • Entry 1: You will begin by making an entry on the course Shared Map. You will also transfer this information into the document you are using to record your final project material (e.g. a Word doc), for ease of grading.
      • Entries 2–5: Answer four questions in four separate journal entries (again, you can keep these in a Word .doc).
      • Each of the above activities accounts for 3%, for a total of 15% of the final grade.
    • One Regional Report (1500 words with figures, tables and maps) component answering short-answer questions (30% of the final grade)—This component focuses on one of the six regions discussed in this course.
    • The entire report can be rolled up into one large document (Word, PDF etc) with appropriate sections for the journal entries and the main report. Please follow APA formatting guidelines.

Your first entry will provide you with an opportunity to share your sense of place (pages 4 and 8–9 of your textbook, and Unit 1) about your location. Using the tools provided, you will create a marker and place it on an interactive online map, and use your posting to describe some features and elements of your community. As each student completes this part of the assignment, more markers will appear on the map. Take time to view other markers and learn something about different communities! You will also enter the information into your journal.

View Shared Map

Part A: Collect Your Posting Information

Decide on a city/community that you want to share with others.

Because you will be entering information into two areas: Shared Map Form and your journal, we recommend that you first take time to collect all the information required into a word processing document so that you can cut and paste the information directly into the areas.

Create a document in a word processing program. Save the document with the title: YourName_GEOG2221_FinalProject.

Give your first entry a title, “Sense of Place,” and complete steps 1 through 4 below.

Your first entry will provide you with an opportunity to share your sense of place (pages 4 and 8–9 of your textbook and Unit 1) about your location.

The information required for Entry 1 is:

    1. House Photo
      • The average house price in Canada as of January 2019 was $472,000. What can you buy for that price in your community?
      • Go to the website of a real estate agent who works in the community you are going to share about, and find a house or property listed as close to $472,000 as possible.
      • Right click the photo and save a copy to your computer. Insert the picture into your response.
      • Write down the house/property address since you’ll be asked for that information when you enter data into a form.
      • Write down copyright information (source website URL).
  1. Typical Geography Photo
      • Use your own camera to take a picture of the geography that you want to share with others. If you can’t take your own photo, search the internet for a picture that shows the typical geography and also note the source URL to provide the appropriate copyright details.
      • Download the photo onto your computer. Insert the picture into your response.
  1. Write Threethings you like about your community (three short sentences).
  2. Write Onething you would like to change about your community and why (one short sentence).

Once completed, save the document. You will add to this document by answering the questions in Entries 2–5.

Part B: Creating a Pin on the Shared Map

When you’re ready to create the pin, go to the Shared Map site. You’ll find both the map where your selected location data will be displayed and a web form where you will enter your data. Click on the View Map button and look at existing pins to learn about someone’s community and also to see what you will be creating. To get started with making the pin, click the Add Map Location button.

Instructions: Watch the video on how to add your location to the map:

You can also download a printable set of instructions

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. GEOG 2221: Regional Geography of Canada 1

 Instructions for Completing Major Project: Post 1— Sense of Place

Decide on a city/community that you want to share with others. It could be where you live now, where you were born, where you lived previously, or where someone else you know lived or lives.

Part A:

Because you will be posting information into the Shared Map form and Journal, we recommend you gather all the information in a word processed document so you can copy and paste it directly into the appropriate area. To complete Post 1 you will need:

  1. a) A house picture. Go to the website of a real estate agent who works in the community you are going to share about and find a house or property listed as close to $472,000 as possible. Right click the photo and save a copy to your computer. (Note, if you use a photo collector site like Flickr, you can save the photos to that site). Write down the house/property address, since you’ll be asked for that information when you enter data into a form.
  2. b) A typical geography photo, Use your own camera to take a picture of the geography that you want to share with others. If you’ve chosen a place where you can’t use your camera, search the internet for a picture that shows the typical geography. Download the photo onto your computer. (Note, if you use a photo collector site like Flickr, you can save the photos to that site).
  3. c) The address of the house you selected in a) above. Follow the sample format: 24 Windbreak Dr., Golden, BC.
  4. d) Three things you like about the community in short sentences.
  5. e) One thing you would like to change about the community and why.

Part B.

When you’re ready to create the pin, go to the Shared map site.

  1. a) Shared Map: The shared map is where your pin is displayed. Click the View Map button and click on pins, so you can see and learn a little bit about other communities that previous students have shared

 TRU Open Learning

 

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Final Project Entry 1 Mapping Tool Instructions

 2.

  1. b) Collaborative Map Form: Click the Add Map Location button to enter the data to create your pin.

On the Collaborative Map Form, start by filling in the text directly into the Your Answer area for:

  1. a) Cityname
  2. b) Upload the house picture to the site by clicking “browse” and select the image.
  3. c) Enter an image credit. Typically the site url from where you copied the photo.
  4. d) Enter the address of the property that you posted directly into the text box. When entering the address of the house, you need the street address, city, and province, e.g., 1435 15th Street, Vernon, BC. Google will provide suggestions as you enter text.
  5. e) Upload your photo of the typical geography in the same process you used for the uploading the property picture.
  6. f) Enter a photo credit. Use “self” if you took the photo.
  7. g) In short sentences, describe 3 things that you like about this community. Write short sentences one after the other, no paragraph breaks.
  8. h) Describe one thing about the community you would like to change.

The form must have data in each Your Answer area before it can be submitted. Complete the steps below to get your photos into the pin

You must enter something into all the text boxes of the form to create a pin.

Note: It is especially important to have a unique address for the house/property, since the pin will be placed at this exact address. If you use an address that is identical to one already on the map, your data will over write the existing data and therefore someone else’s pin will be lost.

After you have entered data into all the text boxes, confirm that in the check box that you are not a robot, and click Submit. It may take a few minutes before your pin appears on the Shared Map. View the other pins to see what others have shared about their community.

3.

 

GEOG 2221: Regional Geography of Canada 3

  1. If your pin does not appear, review the address information you entered into the Shared Map Form. It must contain a street address, city, and province, e.g., 67 Elm St., Prince George, BC.

Part C:

To complete the assignment you will post the same information into the Final Project Journal for the Open Learning Faculty Member to grade.

 Go to your Final Project Journal

 Create a Journal Entry called Post 1: Mapping

 Write the question and then copy and paste the text from your document into text editor as your response.

 Insert your house and geographical images show by using the image tool in editor.

 

Fill in the Shared Map Form.

Shared Map Form

    • To upload the house and geography photos, click BROWSE and select the saved image from your computer. Click SAVE.
    • Copy and paste text information from your Final Project document into the appropriate form fields. You must enter something into all the boxes of this form to create a pin.
    • After you have entered data into all the text boxes, check the “I’m not a robot” box and click SUBMIT.
    • Once you click the Submit button the website page will refresh and your location data will be displayed as a pin on the shared map.
    • If you are unsure of how to proceed, consult with your Open Learning Faculty Member.

After you have completed Entry 1, check this out: Environics, a Canadian market research company, claims to be able to classify Canadians depending on where they live. Check out their Prizm5 tool to see how accurate it is.

Note

Please take five minutes to complete a survey about the Post 1: Sense of Place task. Your response will help us learn about this activity and help improve the course design. Thank you.

Post 1: Sense of Place Survey

This entry asks you to identify the region you live in and to think about what Robert Bone means when he discusses “faultlines.”

Start a new entry in your Final Project journal and title it: “Region and Faultlines.” Answer the following questions:

    1. Which of Bone’s regions does your location fall into?
    2. Please insert one photo or link to a video illustrating your answers to the question below.

(For this and future entries, remember to add the copyright information to the bottom of your image if you have not taken the photo or video yourself).

  1. Consider Bone’s discussion of faultlines as sources of tension in our Canadian fabric. What evidence do you see of one or more faultlines in your location? Describe briefly (approx. 100 words) why you think one or more faultline is evident in your region.

Title an entry in your Final Project journal “Historical Roots” and:

    1. Describe an element of the landscape that illustrates the historical geography of your region (~100 words). You may consult your textbook for ideas of where to start (in particular, see the photographs in Chapter 3).
    2. Insert a photo showing evidence of the history described above. The photo should be a contemporary one that captures evidence of your region’s historical past.

Title an entry in your journal “Art and/or Literature,” and share analysis about your location in terms of how it is represented in an artistic painting, literary work, or film. Identify an artistic piece, and then answer the questions below to analyze it for its representation of regional characteristics.

For your entry, please provide the following:

    1. An image of the piece that you are analyzing (for a film or video, a screen capture of a shot is sufficient)
    2. A title and artist name to identify the piece
    3. In approximately 100 words, elaborate on how this artistic piece uses characteristics of your region.

In your Final Project document, create an entrytitled “The Future,” and answer the following question:

    1. What do you think the “human face” of your region will look like in 25 years? Why? (~100 words). When selecting an image to illustrate your answer, we realize that you won’t be able to take a picture of something that doesn’t exist yet! So feel free to exercise your drawing talents, or for those of you panicking at the thought of drawing (myself included!), you can be creative when selecting an image. For example, if I was going to identify the continued demographic expansion of Vancouver by immigrants from Asia as a possible future development, I might choose to show: i) a picture of a map with those countries of origin, or perhaps ii) a picture of Chinatown, or perhaps iii) a figure showing how immigration has increased in the last 20 years or so, a trend that could be projected into the future.

When you have completed this entry, save the file, but do not send it to the Open Learning Faculty Member. You will add the report to this file before sending it.

In this part of the Final Project, you will analyze one region of Canada. Select a region to write about that is not the region that you are using for the mapping exercise (e.g., not the region you are living in (perhaps for school), or not your “home” region).

Choose one of the six regions of Canada and write a 1500 word report (approximately 6 written pages, double-spaced), supported by figures, tables, and maps. Make full use of the material in your textbook, but also use the Statistics Canada website or publications available at your local library, newspapers, magazines, books, the internet, the TRU student library service, and other sources to find up‐to‐date information. Please use a minimum of six external resources, including peer-reviewed journals.

You are encouraged to use sub-headings to separate sections of your report, although you are free to organize your report in any way you wish. Frame your report with an introduction and conclusion, and include a title page. Similar to the written assignments, you will use APA citation format. Be sure to look at the grading rubric as a guide for how marks are awarded!

Include information of the following:

    • Describe the dominant (or top one, two, or three) economic activities in the region.
    • Provide a brief overview of the natural resources that can be found in your region, along with an assessment of how much they contribute to the region’s economy.
    • Identify the population density, and describe how the population is concentrated or dispersed. Is there evidence that your region is seeing an increase or decrease of people since 2001? Where (in what geographic area) is growth occurring (if it is occurring)? If it is not occurring, where (what geographic area or place) in the region are people leaving? Describe one or two reasons (with references) for this pattern.
    • From the above, identify where you think the core areas are and where you think the periphery areas are. Do you think the region is rapidly growing, slow growing, or diminishing in terms of its economy (as per Friedman’s core/periphery model outlined in Chapter 1)?
      • What evidence is there for your conclusion?
    • Identify and describe one of Bone’s faultlines that is evident in the region. Is the faultline currently dormant, or is it active (see page 10 of your textbook)? Elaborate on what you think this faultline will look like in 10 years—will it exist? Will it be active and prominent? Why or why not? You are encouraged to include other thoughts.
    • Conclude your report by identifying what you think is the greatest challenge facing people of the region in the next 10 years. This challenge may be economic, social, demographic, or be rooted in natural resource use. Explain why you think this challenge is paramount to the people of the region. Identify two ways that this challenge could be overcome.

When you have completed your report, send it to the Open Learning Faculty Member for grading.

 

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