Project 2 pt1?

Project 002

Edyn Rubbens 

1: I am from a small town called Whitchurch stouffville, which is about 40 minutes north of Toronto. More specifically my community is mostly farm properties and small subdivisions. My grandparents bought a 10 acre farm property in 1965 to start their family; The property had no trees, just fields, a barn, house and a log cabin which was the original house that was built in 1850 when the settlers first arrived.  Over the next 50 years my grandpa set out to create a forest of his own, planting around 1200 trees across the property. I grew up in a small house in Aurora, Ontario  and moved to my grandparents property when I was about 10 years old where we built our own house so that we could be surrounded by nature and family. 

2: My relation to the property I live on has changed many times throughout the years of living here. When we first moved I really hated living here, mostly because I had to leave the small community that I grew up with; I was far away from my friends, school, and all the places I loved. I didnt even have the ability to just walk to my neighbours house to play with my friends anymore. However now that I am much older I have learnt to love and appreciate the land where I live. I’m constantly surrounded by nature which is something that I have always loved. My go-to place would have to be my back porch, I love to eat my breakfast outside in the sunshine or just lay in the hammock, but my favourite thing about where I live would have to be the darkness at night. On summer nights I lay in the field with my family and watch for shooting stars, or I fall asleep looking out my window at the stars. 

3: Eventhough im not surrounded by a community like in a subdivision and my friends and family can’t just walk to my house we have created a place where people love to visit, whether it’s for a hike, swim, bonfire or a tobogganing day

4: My grandpa considered himself a steward of his land, and that he purchased the property with the intention of creating a space for his family to enjoy nature and all its bounty for generations to come. 

Idea for Final:

Video showing pictures and videos of property w voice over talking about history etc


My Outline

Where I live:

  • I live in a metropolis
  • Toronto has lots of buildings and people
  • It is very diverse and has so many cultures and foods 
  • Many small businesses
  • Toronto’s very accepting
  • Lots of greenery in certain areas but barely any in the downtown cores
  1. Truth and relationship:
  • I lived in Toronto since I was born and lived in different parts of the city like North York, Scarborough etc. 
  • I’m not close with my neighbours because everyone seems to mind their business and elderly.
  • I have lots of friends who live near me and are within walking distance
  • I live near many bus stops, two subway stations and a GO train station, so transit is easily accessible for me 
  • In 1983 Scarborough became a part of Toronto
  • Toronto used to be called york in 1796
  1. Reflect
  • Toronto is very diverse and accepting to anyone 
  • It is a busy city with lots of traffic and has the city lifestyle
  1. Story : When Europeans came to Toronto, they found an Iroquois village known as Teiaiagon on the Humber River. But then the Mississaugas, which is a part of the Ojibwa, moved into the area leading the Iroquois to flee and live along the north of the lake.  After the Independence war in America, Toronto’s land was bought from the Mississaugas. In 1793 John Graves Simcoe moved upper Canada’s capital to Toronto, and he named it York because he did not want an aboriginal name. Throughout the last glacial period, Toronto was under the ice in 13,000 BCE. The very first human settlers came to Toronto around 8500 to 9000 BCE. 

The idea for the final: Making a video about Toronto and its history and significance 

The Road So Far.

Greetings everyone,

My first blog post highlights the progress I’ve made so far, hence the title. After a couple sessions of brainstorming with Leslie and a student, Mike Nguyen, I decided that my final assignment will resemble a historical video; telling the rich history of Main and Danforth as well as the recent developments in the area while touching on my heritage and how my family respects the land.

Thanks for reading,