Potential Inquiry Questions and Topics

Students have submitted 3 potential essential questions they would like to explore in this course.

Initials  Top 3 Essential Questions 
MG What impact do exhaust emissions from vehicles have on our climate? Why?
What impact might a volcanic eruption or earthquake in Japan have on Canada? Why?
How can communities respond to shoreline erosion?
XL How does the protection of wildlife relate to one’s beliefs about the value of wildlife?
How do environmental changes affect plants and animals?
What impact might a volcanic eruption or earthquake in Japan have on Canada? Why?
TW How could GIS help you decide where to locate your business?
Are most communities in Canada affected by the same population issues?
How has Canada’s spending on foreign aid changed over the last two decades?
VG Does the financial benefit of extracting resources justify related social and/or environmental impacts?
What impact might a volcanic eruption or earthquake in Japan have on Canada? Why?
How might Canada’s involvement in the movie and/or music industry influence the perception of Canada in other countries?
KD With which countries does Canada do most of its trade?
What do we as consumers use in the largest amounts?
How might water or oil shortages in other parts of the world influence Canada’s resource development strategies?
HH How do the physical characteristics of different regions influence tourism in Canada?
How can communities respond to soil erosion?
Why would people live in an area that is prone to disasters?
How did glaciation affect drainage, soil quality, and vegetation in the Canadian Shield as compared to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence lowlands?
AK How would a graph showing seismic activity help planners make decisions related to urban settlement?
How can you use GIS to determine the best place to locate a wind farm?
How do soil, climate and a landscape influence agricultural practices?
EV Why would people live in an area that is prone to disasters?
What impact might a volcanic eruption or earthquake in Japan have on Canada? Why?
What are some political issues that are related to the location of rivers and lakes in Canada?
JG Why do people live where they do? What would you do to attract people to a particular location? How can an industry affect demographics?
Should there be a maximum size limit for cities?
What role does the availability of local food play in making communities more sustainable?
NS What kind of political issues (e.g. Aboriginal rights and concerns, boundary disputes, stakeholder concerns) may be related to the location of a resource and its development?
What pattern or patterns do you see in the location of First Nations reserves across Canada? What are some factors that account for the location of the reserves?
Anything about sweatshops
CR How do environmental changes affect plants and animals?
Is the recycling program reducing the amount of waste people produce?
What are some technological developments that Canada is currently playing a leading role in, exploring, or contributing to?
IW How does the ecological knowledge of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples influence their beliefs?
How has the language divide affected relations between Quebec and the rest of Canada?
How has the close proximity of most Canadian citizens to the USA-Canada border affected the relations between the two countries?
How has immigration to Canada affected its cultural and national identity?
SL How does the protection of wildlife relate to one’s beliefs about the value of wildlife?
Why would people live in an area that is prone to natural disasters?
Why would people choose to leave rural life and move to an urban settlement?
CJXIII Why would it be important to use both qualitative and quantitative data when analysing an event?
Why is the use of GPS’s in daily life both useful and a concern?
What Canadian resources do you predict will be of value to other countries in trade?
TR Does the financial benefit of extracting natural resources justify related social and/or environmental impacts?
How might a warmer climate affect the skiing industry or the maple syrup industry in southern Ontario, or grain farming on the Prairies?
Why would people live in an area prone to natural disasters?
CL How do environmental changes affect plants and animals? What are some plants and animals that are now at risk or may become so because of environmental changes?
What does your ecological footprint indicate about your personal impact on the sustainability of Canada’s natural resources?
As the number of elderly people increases, what changes will communities have to make to their infrastructure?
LK Why is the use of GPS’s in daily life both useful and a concern?
What impact might a volcanic eruption or earthquake in Japan have on Canada? Why?
What are some technological developments that Canada is currently playing a leading role in, exploring, or contributing to?
CJIV How might water or oil shortages in other parts of the world influence Canada’s resource development strategies?
Who do you think owns a resource, such as water or air that crosses political borders?
How does time affect whether a natural resource is renewable or not?
QD How do the physical characteristics of different regions influence tourism in Canada?
What impact does exhaust emissions from vehicles have on our climate? Why?
What impact might a volcanic eruption or earthquake in Japan have on Canada? Why?
MH How does the traditional ecological knowledge of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people influence their beliefs about the natural environment and its importance to them?
What does your ecological footprint indicate about your personal impact on the sustainability of Canada’s natural resources?
Why would people choose to leave a rural life and move to an urban settlement?
SC Why should disparities in health care be of concern to everyone?
What other types of aid are associated with health care?
What are the costs and benefits of hosting an international event such as the Olympics or Pan Am Games?
BC Are communities in Canada being affected by the same population trends, or do the trends and impacts vary from one community to another?
How might the environmental record of a country influence consumer decisions about buying their products?
How do environmental changes affect plants and animals?
GL How does the protection of wildlife relate to one’s beliefs about the value of wildlife?
What impact might a volcanic eruption in Japan have on Canada? Why?
How effective are the waste management practices in your community in supporting sustainability? Is the recycling program reducing the amount of waste people produce?
RP Why would people want to live in a disaster prone area?
How does a hurricane that hits New York influence weather in Canada?
What are some plants and animals that are now at risk or may become so because of environmental changes?
JT Why would people want to live in a disaster prone area?
What can be done to reduce the impact of earthquakes in tectonically active regions?
How might the opening of the Northwest Passage affect Canada’s claim to Arctic sovereignty?

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