Bobo L.

Toronto, Ontario


Canadian Government's Response To Spanish Flu

During WW1 and after, a terrible flu broke up among the world, named the Spanish Flu, and fears and deaths spread. As the chosen authority of the citizens, how did the government respond to the Spanish Flu, and what are its similarities and differences with COVID-19 in modern days?



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most exciting thing that I learned about my topic, the Canadian government's response to the Spanish Flu, was the interaction of the citizens with that response and its connection with the current scenario, COVID-19. These policies reflect the cultural interpretation and ordinary senses considered at that time by the community, as these protective laws would often be shaped and shifted due to the current surroundings while remaining a similar effect.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Through creating this video, I learned to analyze primary sources and form my interpretation from each little detail presented. Primary sources are often considered credible since there isn't any bias introduced in the source. Although, when using a primary source, one needs to be careful of the perspective being left out from it. It could be designed to create propaganda and censoring.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

I could connect and reflect upon the lives of the Canadian citizen back in 2020 and 2021, but now in 2022, the quarantine restrictions and life constraints are all a lot lower. With simple compassion, we could soon realize how the advancement of technology contributes to our daily lives. With the protection of vaccines, we could even maintain a low number of cases and deaths even without wearing masks and living like normal.