Course Tie In
#2205 Geography Current Events Assignment Rubric
Information from credible
online web source is clearly
strong supporting details
address the who, what,
where, when, why or how
Information from credible
online web source is clearly
supporting details address
the who, what, where,
when, why, or how
Summary may be unclear
or incomplete. There is a
need for more supporting
details. Summary is on a
Too much information was
copied from the article or
important details are left out.
Details or summary may be
Writer makes little or no
errors in grammar or
spelling that distracts the
reader from the content.
Every paragraph contains
sentences that are wellconstructed. There are
varied beginnings and rich
vocabulary. APA Format
Writer makes very few errors
in grammar or spelling that
distracts the reader from
the content. Most
sentences are wellconstructed with varied
vocabulary. Good Attempt
at APA format.
Writer makes some major
errors in grammar or
spelling. Some sentences
may not be wellconstructed. Similar words
are used too often. Little
attempt at APA Format.
Writer makes many errors in
grammar or spelling.
Sentences lack structure and
appear incomplete or are
confusing. No attempt at
Insightfully gives their
personal response with
extremely strong thoughts
and ideas. Writer uses
prompts to push thinking
Tells what their thoughts of
the article are, with detail
and description. Attempts
to push thinking with some
Attempts to tell thoughts
about the article. Lacks
thoughtful ideas that relate
to the article.
Response is inappropriate to
the content of the article.
Article is from relevant
website or news source (ie
magazine or paper). All
the required information is
cited clearly in document.
Excellent attempt and
rationale of tie-in to three
Article is from relevant web
source. Most of the
required information is
Article may not be from
relevant web source. The
title, source, or one other
piece of information may
Some attempt and
rationale of tie-in to course
Article may be missing and
other important information
about the article is missing.
Good attempt and
rationale of tie-in to some
No attempt and rationale of
tie-in to course content.
Current Events Paper (Individual)
Due: Thurs October 22nd 2020
Students will access a major recent Canadian print media (Globe and Mail, National Post, Maclean’s
Magazine, Skift Online Magazine or local news sources, i.e. Halifax Chronicle Herald, Halifax Metro or
similar) and use their chosen news story as a “jumping off point” or as an illustration that ties in to the
objectives of this course. The paper must demonstrate relationships between the chosen event or news
item and how that news relates to and promotes and enhances understanding of the illustrated
objectives. Students should attempt to tie the paper to at least three of the course objectives, do NOT
simply describe the chosen news story. Use APA format for citations and reference list, include a cover
sheet with name, assignment title, your own modified title, plus any other relevant details; guideline for
length – 2500 to 3000 words. Failure to properly use APA will result in a significant loss of marks.
Current Events Paper
Graded as A
Trump winning the Presidential election could mean world-wide
economic and social disaster
Table of Contents
The night of November 8th, 2016 was a nerve wracking one for just about everyone in the
world following the United States of America Presidential election. Waiting in anticipation of the
results had most Canadians going to bed with a feeling of unease and uncertainty to what they
would awake to on the morning of November 9th. The results were released and Donald J. Trump
came out victorious and was elected 45th president of the U.S. For some it was considered a
success, to others, a great disappointment. And this feeling was shared among many people, not
just U.S. citizens, but people all over the world. I first saw an article through social media
entitled “Canada Receives Over 10 Million US Immigrant Applications” and I decided to look
into what impact the results of this election would have on a global scale, and I was able to relate
it to several learning objectives for this course, Geography for Tourism and Business.
The first objective I tied this article to is “current complex issues are involved on an
international scale”. This has been made very obvious from the reactions of a lot of countries
around the world, including Canada. A lot of people have taken to social media to express their
opinions on the outcome of the election, and even though it does not affect them directly, it is
inevitable that it will affect them indirectly.
To prove this, we can easily look at Trump’s policies. The most obvious one and the one
that gets brought up in arguments and discussions on the topic is that the president-elect wants to
build a wall to separate Mexico and the United States, to prevent illegal immigrants to enter the
country. Trump has made remarks about Mexican immigrants, calling them all rapists and
criminals, and has made it very clear that he wants to kick them out of the country and build a
wall to keep the rest of the criminals out. (Trump win elicits fears, some cheers around the globe,
2016) Not only is this a decision and a policy that was based on prejudice and fear, but the
impact of this will certainly have and economical and geographic effect on both countries.
In 2014, there were more than 11.7 million Mexican immigrants in the United States,
representing 28% of the foreign born population. In the same year, there were about 2.3 million
unauthorized immigrants in the state of California alone. Texas had about 1.6 million, and in
total there is an estimated 11.1 million unauthorized or undocumented immigrants in the United
States. (U.S. unauthorized immigration population estimates, 2016) Most, if not all, immigrants
coming from Mexico or other places in the world are looking for jobs and a better chance at life
than what they had in their home country, some of them even trying to escape war-ridden areas
of the world. This means that if Trump goes through with his idea of removing all immigrants
from the country, that would mean that at the very least, 11.1 million people would be removed
from the country.
Displacing that many people would not only present itself as an enormous cost in terms
of immigration agents, lawyers, and support staff, but it would also mean that the jobs that those
11.1 million people detained would not be filled and that would have an important effect on the
US economy and the specific industries that have employed undocumented immigrants. As
stated in an article on the Business Insider website, “forcibly removing millions of workers
would be economically devastating, potentially leading private-sector output to decline by
hundreds of billions of dollars”. It is possible that these jobs would then be filled by native-born
or lawful immigrants, but there is not enough unemployed people to take over, so that would
then lead to jobs being unfilled and simply disappearing. (Donald Trump’s deportation plan
would be an economic nightmare, 2016)
Canada is another country that is already being hugely affected by the results of the
election. Even before it was official that Trump was going to become president-elect and the live
polls were showing that he was in the lead, Canada’s immigration and citizenship website
crashed, due to over 10 million people sending in applications to become Canadian citizens. The
idea of Americans moving to Canada has been going around since Trump had been announced as
one of the presidential candidates. Prime Minister Trudeau was quick to make an announcement
the morning following the election that the numbers had climbed to 11.5 million applications
from American residents wanting to immigrate to Canada. He stated that not all applications
would be accepted, but they would most likely ease the immigration rules in order to
accommodate most of the applicants. (Canada Receives Over 10 Million US Immigrant
If 11.5 million people were to leave America to come to Canada, this would of course
affect our economy. Canada is an aging population, which means that more and more Canadians
are retiring. (More Canadians are 65 and over than under age 15, StatsCan says, 2015) An
incoming population of potential workers would do wonders for Canada’s economy.
However, if another 11.5 million US citizens leave the country and their jobs, assuming
they are not part of the 11.1 million undocumented Mexican immigrants that will be forcefully
removed from the country and most likely sent back to their country of origin, that means that a
possible total of 22.6 million people would be leaving the US, within a matter of years, and
maybe even a couple of months, depending on how quick Trump is to put his foot down and go
through with his policies.
To summarise, it is clear that the majority of Trump’s policies are based on prejudice and
playing on people’s fears in order to gain supporters. If he were to put his policies into action, it
would be an enormous economic disaster for America, but it would also affect other countries in
a domino effect. Some countries might actually benefit from the forced immigration that Trump
would put in place for undocumented Mexican immigrants, but it would be a detriment to the
United States’ economy.
The second objective I wanted to discuss in this paper is “geography plays a roles in the
global economy, relations between nations and people”, but focusing more on the aspect of
relations between nations and people. I wanted to bring in another article as well, one that I have
already mentioned. This article was found on the CTV News website and it is titled “Trump win
elicits fears, some cheers around the globe”. I have already mentioned this article in regards to
the first objective, but there is another part of this same article that I want to touch on, and tie it
into the second objective.
The new president-elect has made a few comments about his relationship with Russian
President Vladimir Putin, at first claiming that he admires Putin for being a strong leader.
(Trump: Putin is a strong, tough and respected leader and he’s making Obama look bad, 2015)
He then said during one of the presidential debates, completely contradicting his first statement,
that he hasn’t or has never had any relations with Putin by simply saying “I don’t know Putin… I
don’t deal [in Russia], I don’t do business there”. (Trump: I Don’t Know Putin, 2016) It wasn’t
until after the elections that some of the truths came to light.
The CTV News article mentions that Putin sent Trump a congratulatory telegram
following the release of the results of the election, and also expressed the hope that the relations
between Russia and the US would be “put back on track”. This statement has led many people to
believe that there could be an alliance forged between the United States of America and Russia
soon, which could mean trouble for NATO allies. (Trump win elicits fears, some cheers around
the globe, 2016)
First, it is important to clarify why an alliance between these two countries could be a
potential issue. The North American Treaty Organization (NATO) is an alliance between many
countries in Europe and in North America, where the members of this alliance agree to defend
each other should one member be attacked by an external party. It is important to note that
Russia is not part of the NATO agreement, and that the United States currently is. During his
election campaign, Trump has expressed that he “might not come to the rescue of a NATO ally if
it had not fulfilled to its obligation to make payments”. (Donald Trump’s US election victory
‘could put future of Nato AT RISK’, 2016) This has put a bit of tension between the US and the
European countries involved in the NATO alliance, and has created a bit of anxiety in Europe.
This statement in itself has put the entire foundation of the NATO alliance under a lot of stress,
especially at a time where Russia’s dominance and confrontational nature has started to affect
some of the allied countries.
It is clear that the US is one of the strongest countries in the world in terms of military
power, and the European countries involved in the NATO alliance need the US’s strength and
need to be able to depend on them if there were to be an attack on one of its countries from an
external country. The fact that Trump seems to have cozied up to Putin quite a bit, by
complimenting him and in turn receiving praise from the Russian President, this could eventually
lead to an alliance between the two countries. If the United States leaves the NATO alliance in
favour of an closer relationship with Russia, it would leave the doors wide open for Russia to do
as it pleases without any intervention from the US, thus creating a huge topic of concern for the
bordering European countries.
Other relations with the US that could be jeopardized are the ones with Canada.
President-elect Trump has expressed his opinions on not only putting a wall between the US and
Mexico, but also putting one up between the US and Canada, which Canada would be paying
for. He claims that Canada has problems with heroin and drugs, and assuming that’s what he
wants to keep out of the US (as if drugs aren’t a problem in the US already), he plans on building
another wall to separate the US and Canada. (Donald Trump wants to build a wall with Canada
in 2016, 2016)
Prime Minister Trudeau has commented on Trump’s opinions and policies concerning
Canada. He has said that it is not wise for someone in his position to engage in conversation
regarding another country’s electoral processes. He also said that it is important for Canada,
specifically jobs and prosperity of the country, to have good relations with the US, regardless of
who becomes the new President. “However, I don’t think it comes as a surprise to anyone that I
stand firmly against the politics of division, the politics of fear, the politics of intolerance or
hateful rhetoric. […] I think Canada, and indeed any modern society, does best when we
understand that diversity is a source of strength, not a source of weakness; that the elements on
which we are similar are always far greater than the elements on which we are diverse and if we
allow politicians to succeed by scaring people, we don’t actually end up any safer,” said the
Prime Minister in an interview in Maclean’s Town Hall. (PM Justin Trudeau on Donald Trump’s
“politics of division”, 2015)
By this statement alone, we can see that our Prime Minister does not agree with Donald
Trump’s policies, and that tension between the two countries in question will surely rise if the
President-elect goes through with his policies.
To get a little more specific and to relate it to what’s already going on in Canada, I want
to touch on how this is affecting the people around me and my relations with them. I wanted to
leave opinions out of this paper, but it is so hard to talk about such a controversial topic without
expression one’s opinion, so I felt this might be the best time to present it. I feel as most people
feel about this election; I am disappointed in the results, but not surprised. I did not want Trump
to win, and I don’t know very many people who did. But I did encounter a few people who said
they were happy that Trump won, and regardless of their arguments as to why they thought that
way, it naturally put a rift between them and myself. In my opinion, and as Prime Minister
Trudeau said in his interview, electoral processes of other countries should not affect us, but
because the United States is so close and our countries are dependent on each other, it inevitably
affects us, and much more than some people realize.
In essence, the outcome of the elections has put a lot of tension on relations between the
US and other countries, but has also put a lot of strain on friendships and relations between
people within the same country.
The final objective I want to address is “current events impact travel choices and reasons”
and I also want to briefly touch on the aspect of tourism. The article mentions the fact that
relations between Cuba and the US will also be affected, because Trump has made a statement
about reversing President Barack Obama’s normalization of relations with Cuba.
A Cuban taxi driver was interviewed and he made a comment about tourism going down.
Cuba receives about 160,000 American tourists per year, which is quite a substantial number of
people coming into the country and contributing to the country’s tourism revenue. (Surge of
Americans tests limits of Cuba’s tourism industry, 2016) If that were to stop due to Trump
rolling back the normalization of relations, then surely the country would suffer and so would
their tourism industry.
To conclude, both articles that I have used as “jumping off points”, “Canada Receives
Over 10 Million US Immigrant Applications” and “Trump win elicits fears, some cheers around
the globe”, are easily relatable to the course Geography in Tourism and Business in many
different ways. They relate specifically to how current complex issues being involved on an
international scale, how geography plays a role in the global economy, relations between nations
and people, as well as how current events impact travel choices, reasons, and tourism. We can
easily see that the results of the election, even though Trump is only President-elect at the
moment, have already had a huge impact globally. His policies and ideas will surely affect the
economies of the US, Canada and other countries that have relations with the United States. We
can anticipate a decline in tourism in Cuba, and most likely also in the US due to the results of
this Presidential election. It would be interesting to see how these two articles, and the results of
the election in general, would relate to other courses and to see what connections could be made
Bloomberg Politics (2016, October 9). Trump: I Don’t Know Putin. Retrieved November 13,
2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4A7obNF6I0
CBC News (2015, September 29). More Canadians are 65 and over than under age 15, StatsCan
says. Retrieved November 13, 2016, from http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/statistics-canadaseniors-1.3248295
FactPointVideo (2015, December 16). PM Justin Trudeau on Donald Trump’s “policies of
division”. Retrieved November 13, 2016, from
Hamre, J. (2016, January 26). Surge of Americans tests limits of Cuba’s tourism industry.
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