I asked some person about most serious problem in Canada and most serious problem in the world. Now I am in Canada and I always feel comfortable to live here. But surprisingly Canada has a serious problem. When I hear the surprising things, I couldn’t believe it. But I think it is a very big problem in Canada and world. First I asked a university student. She said to me, Social inequality is a big problem in Canada. It related to other problems like poverty. There are rich person and poor person in Canada. In recent years, the gap between rich and poor is wider in this country. Now Canada has some programs to support people with low income or with other needs. For example, affordable housing and child care and so on. But Canada needs more efforts to make the situation better. Whenever I go to downtown, I always see a lot of homeless on the street. They always say “please change” or “I have no money to eat “.So I was very surprised very much when I looked at these people at first. Because I have never seen these people in Japan. I think that this is a serious problem in Canada but Canadian government doesn’t support for these people directly. I think that this is the most serious problem in Canada. If Canada wants to make the situation better, the government has to work on it more positively. Also poverty is serious problem in the world. I think that all people in the world should think about poverty and try to cooperate with each other and it is necessary for them to think about what oneself can do for poor person. Second, I asked an old men who is volunteer English teacher. He said to me, population of Canada is a problem. Though Canada is the country which is the second biggest in the world, there is a small population. The population of Canada is approximately 35 million people. In recent years, the population of elderly person is increasing but the birth rate decreasing . Because most Canadian don’t have a lot of babies. So government of Canada try to increasing immigrant people every year. 250,000 people of emigration enter Canada every year. But Canada needs more immigrants to improve country. And most serious problem in the world is intolerance. He thinks that all people should be treated equally. Now there are a lot of wars in the world. Because their religion and races are different. I think it is a tragic things and I think that all people should live together and understand each other to improve your quality of life. In my opinion, there are a lot of problem in the world. I think that it is necessary for all people to think about what oneself can do to make the situation better.
I am living in Victoria now. My favorite places are University of Victoria, Uptown, and the Butchart Gardens. I like Victoria because this town are very beautiful, a lot of nature, and silent.
First, my favorite place is University of Victoria. I have spent about one month and two weeks in my school. I like to go to school every day because teachers and campus assistants are very kind and friendly to me. My classes are pretty good, and I can improve my English skill, so I like University of Victoria.
Second, my favorite place is Uptown. There are two famous fashion shop such as H＆M and Forever 21 in Uptown. We can buy new clothing and jewelry there. Because this place is near from my school, I sometimes go shopping there after school with my classmates. In Uptown, There is most famous grocery store which is called “Walmart” in North America. I like this store because snacks are more reasonably than other stores.
Finally, my favorite place is the Butchart Gardens. This place is famous as sightseeing spot in Victoria. Many foreign tourists visit there every day to see beautiful gardens. There are a lot of beautiful flowers, for example, tulips, cherry trees, narcissus, roses, and Japanese garden. The flowers change with seasons. It is hold Butchart’s Summer Festival in summer, and we can watch beautiful fireworks on Saturday nights. There is also a gift shop there, so we can buy flower seeds of various kinds, clothing, jewelry, Canada’s souvenirs, postcards, and so on.
I went to “Old Melbourne Gaol” which is located in Melbourne’s main city. This is actually used as prison in the past. There were 3 buildings. First one is for gaol tour. The building was the place where prisoner lived. The tour is held every 30 minutes for free, so we joint the tour. The tour guide treated us as if we were prisoners soon after the tour starts. First, we went to the reception counter, but it was pretended as interview place for prisoners. The guide gave us a script which is written fake name or fake crime, and then she asked us the crime we did. After we had a lot of moralizing and body check, the guide took us to the room where prisoners live. It was just empty room with only few iron chairs and 1 toilet. The guide showed us how the night and morning are. At night, suddenly all light turned down and the guard man says ‘sleep’ and knocks on the door, and morning, the guard ma knocks the door strongly again and again with loud voice “wake up.” It was scary for me even if it is pretended tour. And the most surprising thing is there is no wall or partition in front of toilet. The guide said one room has 5-6prisoners. There is no private. Also, there is no space that 5-6 prisoners lie down. In my opinion, the structure of inside the room is looks like Japanese Sauna room in Onsen. The guide said a lot of prisoners die in the room, so the color of room had been changing little by little by blood or death body.
the tour was extremely scary for me because I couldn’t understand what the guide is saying, but there was prison, we were prisoner, so of course, we couldn’t ask say again, and we had to answer her question soon.
After the tour, we visited 2nd wing which was museum. There used to use as prison as well, but most of room is smaller than 1st wing, and there is the place to execute. We saw a room which hangs down rope from ceiling for hanging. There are also a lot of history poster on the wall and famous prisoner’s pictures. These made us imagine what was happening here in the past easily. I heard about one man who was in prison by innocence crime. In these days, there were a lot of innocence people who were in prison. He couldn’t forgive this situation, and revenged by killing many polices. What he did may be wrong because he became guilty, but he was respected as a brave man who fought against police for reducing innocence crime.
It is cruel that in those days, Melbourne was the biggest city, but in the middle of the biggest city, many people suffered from this prison life even if they were innocence.
This is the great experience for me to think about Australian history. This gaol was especially used during World war Ⅱ, so some of the prisoners might have been in prison as a result of Japan. It is not just Australian history.
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