Choose one or more of the following topics to reflect upon for the remainder of your Civic Mirror blog entry:
- Given what you’ve experienced in TheCivicMirror and what you’ve learned about Canada and the real world, why do you think government and politics are necessary?
- Identify similarities and differences in the ways power is distributed in groups, institutions, and communities (e.g., in families, classrooms, municipalities) to meet human needs and resolve conflicts. Comment on how this process occurs in your simulated nation and whether or not you believe it is fair or unfair.
- Given everything you have learned thus far, what do you think is the most important democratic responsibility of every Canadian citizen?
- On the one hand, competition is good for consumers because it creates better products and services and it lowers prices. On the other hand, the nature of competition can tempt enterprising individuals and organizations to make decisions that result in negative externalities. Somehow a balance must be struck between competition and economic stewardship. Create five commandments for communities and nations to follow in order to achieve this balance, explaining your rationale as you go along.
- Which of the following civic activities would you most and least likely participate in?
- Membership in political parties, - Protest movements, - Financial or volunteer support for educational or community service programs, and - Support for religious, ethnic, or charitable organizations.
Explain how your beliefs and values about law and government influenced your decision. What does this say about civic participation in a diverse country like Canada?