Monday, June 20, 2016

Tuesday, June 21. 2016

This is it...


Today is the last day of the semester so if you need to get things in to me...today would be a good day!

"Do or Do not...there is no try"

Sage words from Yoda...so:


In the words of Yoda, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

so...“Failing is the path to the dark side. Failing leads to repeating. Repeating leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

The schedule for the day is C-AG-D-A-B

C Block Law 12 - Today is day two of your exam which sees you complete the written answer case study section. You have assignments due today...please do not give me any "My dog ate my homework" or "My computer crashed with all my work on it" excuses. Turn in your work today please. All of your exam marks will be posted outside of room 611 by Thursday. Please remember if you are interested in Law, there is a link on the Social Studies section of the G.P. Vanier school website that will give you career options for Law in BC and Canada.


D & B Blocks Social Studies 10 - Today you have the block to work on your self-reflection piece connected to your Family Heritage assignment.

  1. What did you learn about daily life in past generations (your family) here in Canada?
  2. What did you learn about migration (including the reasons people came to Canada or moved within Canada), the experience of traveling in generations past and the struggle to adjust to life in Canada?
  3. What was the most interesting thing you found out about your family that you did not know before?
  4. What did you learn about genealogy?
  5. How was your family's experience similar to or different from others?
  6. What skills did you develop through this project?

A Block Criminology 12 - Today you have your final quiz in Criminology. After, we'll wrap up Catch Me if you Can and you can get your social order crime questions completed and submitted to me.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Monday, June 20. 2016

Happy Summer Solstice! Today's schedule is A-AG-B-C-D

A Block Criminology 12 - Today we're in the library for one of two things:

First, finish any missing blog entries that you have yet to complete for assessment...a Reminder that the blog topics are:

Blog # 7 Corporations and Corporate Crime
Blog # 6 Auto Theft

Blog # 5 Sexual Assault & Hypermasculinity
Blog # 4 Serial and Mass Murder (Olson and Lepine)
Blog # 3 Short & Long term Impacts of Crime Victims
Blog # 2 Drug Crime Trends and Rates for BC
Blog # 1 Personal Theory of Crime

Second, finish your social order crime questions:
  1. Should drugs be legalized? Why? If you believe drugs should be legalized, think about whether all drugs should be legalized or just a select few. Why should certain drugs be legalized and others not? 
  2. Should prostitution be legalized? Why? If you believe it should be legalized, should all the forms of prostitution described in your text be legalized, or only a select few? If prostitution were legalized should government be able to exercise some control over it? 
  3. Does pornography lead to violence? Why? Is it harmful? Why Consider all forms of pornography (what is currently legal and illegal) when you answer this question.
If you are done then you can prepare for your final quiz in tomorrow's class.

B Block Social Studies 10 - You will be presenting this afternoon. This is a last opportunity to fine tune what you need to for your family heritage assignment.

C Block Law 12 - Today is day one of your two day exam and you'll tackle the selected response answer section. I know that you are prepared and am certain that you'll do well. Breathe, relax and dazzle me with what you know.

D Block Social Studies 10 - You have family heritage assignments to present today. I have the notebooks available for you, if you need them to present, and I'll have room around the class for your gallery walk presentation. I look forward to see where your family falls in the history of Canada that we've looked at this year. Tomorrow in class you'll have time for your project summation reflection questions.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Friday, June 17. 2016

Today's schedule is A-AG-B-C-D

A Block Criminology 12 - Remember you have questions to answer:

  1. Should drugs be legalized? Why? If you believe drugs should be legalized, think about whether all drugs should be legalized or just a select few. Why should certain drugs be legalized and others not? 
  2. Should prostitution be legalized? Why? If you believe it should be legalized, should all the forms of prostitution described in your text be legalized, or only a select few? If prostitution were legalized should government be able to exercise some control over it? 
  3. Does pornography lead to violence? Why? Is it harmful? Why Consider all forms of pornography (what is currently legal and illegal) when you answer this question.
Today we'll start the 2002 movie Catch Me If You Can where an FBI agent hunts down a young con artist who successfully impersonated an airline pilot, doctor, and assistant attorney general, all while cashing more than $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in 26 countries. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Frank Abagnale Jr. while Tom Hanks portrays FBI agent Carl Hanratty.

Steve Head, on IGN, interviewed Stephen Spielberg about the movie back in 2002. He asked: In this current climate where modern, updated versions of the scams that Frank pulled are very possible, what did you think about the possibility of glamorizing this sort of thing? Are you concerned? Would people perhaps walk away from the film with the wrong idea? 

Spielberg's response was: I don't think they can get the wrong idea because, because Frank Abagnale is the only person who ever did it to this extent, and that was 37, 38 years ago. He was just this 16, 17, 18 year-old kid. So, you have to understand these things. Especially, there were no safeguards. There was no electronic safeguards that we have today with this kind thing. It's a lot harder to pass a bad check today than it was eight years ago. Frank was a 21st century genius working within the innocence of the mid '60s, when people were more trusting than they are now. So, I don't think this is the kind of movie where somebody could say, "I have a career plan." 

Interesting response no? Sounds a bit sympathetic of Frank Abagnale Jr? This introduces us to the theme (trope) of the Lovable Rogue, Gentleman Thief, Sympathetic Criminal, Folk Outlaw, or Robin Hood image when it comes to property crime and the media.

B & D Blocks Social Studies 10 - Today we are in the library for the last day of research/work on your family history assignment. Remember, your task is to research your family history, which includes learning how to conduct academic research, making critical evaluations regarding sources, and managing information. Use the primary documents and stories you find to uncover what daily life might have been like for your relatives. Also do not forget that you have a self-reflection piece to cover as well...

  1. What did you learn about daily life in past generations (your family) here in Canada?
  2. What did you learn about migration (including the reasons people came to Canada or moved within Canada), the experience of traveling in generations past and the struggle to adjust to life in Canada?
  3. What was the most interesting thing you found out about your family that you did not know before?
  4. What did you learn about genealogy?
  5. How was your family's experience similar to or different from others?
  6. What skills did you develop through this project?

C Block Law 12 - Okay, so I don't want to heap on the pressure here but it's coming down to the wire right? You have today in the library to work on your major project that is due next Tuesday (that's four days from now). So...nose to the grindstone time; pound out the work and do the best that you can. Good Luck.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Thursday, June 16. 2016

Today's schedule is D-AG-C-B-A

D & B Blocks Social Studies 10 -  Today I'll have you back in your groups where you will look at the key points and important information about one of the following British Columbian industries:

  1. Forestry
  2. Fisheries
  3. Agriculture
  4. Mining
  5. Tourism
  6. Other (human and health services or film & television production and technology)
For each industry you'll need to find the following data:

  1. An overview of extraction/production methods (what is taken or produced and how it is done)
  2. An overview of the impact on the economy of the province (how much money is made, how many people are employed, where in the province it is done, where the product is sold)
  3. An explanation of the issues associated with the industry (social, environmental, economic concerns).
  4. A job futures explanation (sunrise/sunset, rising/falling, etc...)
When we're done we'll go over what we found and then I'll go over your review for the final exam.

C Block Law 12 -  Today we're back in the class to finish up family law as a subject. Our focus for the day will be on property division and support obligations. We'll look at: the equal division rule and the matrimonial home; spousal support and self sufficiency; and the types of child guardianship, access, and child support and we'll look at the Federal Child Support Guidelines (schedules/tables) and BC's Family Maintenance Enforcement Act. This gets us to the end of our family law unit and we'll begin a review for next week's final exam.


A Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll look at gangs and gang activity in Canada. I will show you a History Channel show called Gangland. The episode I'd like to show you is from season three and it's called "To Torture or to Kill". This episode is about "Los Zetas" and the drug corridor along the Nuevo Laredo - Texas border. Miguel Treviño Morales, alias "Z-40," the leader of Los Zetas was captured an arrested in July 2013 however los Zetas still survive (as does Sinaloa and others).
Economist - Mexican Drug War
InSight Crime Los Zetas
CNN Mexican "Drug War" fast facts
National Post Los Zetas Trevino Morales

You can watch the Gangland documentary in class, on the link here or watch it below...

There is a very good article in Foreign Policy magazine that explains the impact of the Mexican cartels on the USA (and Canada for that matter too - look at the Infographic map above). From the magazine...

This past February Chicago declared Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán its first "Public Enemy No. 1" since Al Capone. "While Chicago is 1,500 miles from Mexico, the Sinaloa drug cartel is so deeply embedded in the city that local and federal law enforcement are forced to operate as if they are on the border," Jack Riley, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Chicago office, told CNN.

The infiltration of the Windy City shows the extent to which Mexican drug syndicates have made inroads in the United States -- the Associated Press and others have reported that cartel cells are operating in Atlanta, Ga., Louisville, Ky., Columbus, Ohio, and rural North Carolina. In fact, according to an excellent National Post infographic based on data from a U.S. Justice Department report and other sources, it's much easier to list states that don't have a drug trade tied to Mexican gangs. There are only twelve that haven't reported the presence of one of four Mexican cartels since 2008: Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Utah, Vermont, WestVirginia, and Wisconsin. The Mexican drug trade is everywhere else.

Detected cartel operations range from traditional drug-running to using a horse ranch as a front for laundering drug money, as one group did in Oklahoma. The Sinaloa cartel, which has emerged as Mexico's dominant syndicate, has carved out new territory in the United States by controlling 80 percent of its meth trade (Mexican cartels have come to dominate the U.S. market by aggressively bumping up the purity of their meth while dropping the price per gram). All told, Mexican cartels reside in 1,200 American communities as of 2011, up from 230 in 2008, according to the Associated Press.

Another great article for the magazine states...

Drugs are just the tip of the iceberg. In the popular U.S. television series Breaking Bad, about a high school teacher turned methamphetamine kingpin, there was an instructive exchange. When the show's antihero, Walter White, was asked whether he "was in the meth business or the money business," he replied, "I'm in the empire business."

The same can be said of the DTOs, which are independent and competing entities -- not an association like OPEC. The sale of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and meth remains extremely profitable. The U.S. Justice Department has put the cartels' U.S. drug trade at $39 billion annually. But the DTOs have diversified their business considerably, both to increase their profits and to exclude rivals from new sources of revenue. For example, they are dealing increasingly in pirated intellectual property, like counterfeit software, CDs, and DVDs. The most destructive new "product," however, is people. The cartels have built a multibillion-dollar business in human trafficking, including the shipment of both illegal immigrants and sex workers.

What the DTOs are really selling is logistics, much like Wal-Mart and Amazon.com. Wal-Mart was one of the first retailers to run its own fleet of trucks, providing tailored shipping at a lower cost that in turn gave the company an edge over its competitors. Similarly, Amazon may have started as a bookseller, but its dominance, as Fast Companyput it, is "now less about what it sells than how it sells," providing a distribution hub for all sorts of products. Drug-trafficking organizations are using the same philosophy to cut costs, better control distribution, and develop new sources of revenue.
The one element of the U.S.-Mexico relationship that has received no shortage of attention is the border, yet the technology and money dedicated to enhancing security there have not been enough to thwart creative DTOs. The Sinaloa cartel, for example, has an extensive network of expertly constructed tunnels under the border, some featuring air-conditioning. (The workers who build the tunnels are frequently executed after the work is completed.) At the other extreme, traffickers have used catapults to launch deliveries from Mexico into the United States.

Logistics, then, are the DTOs' main source of revenue, and illegal drugs are but one of the products they offer. As the cartels' revenue streams become increasingly diversified, the drug trade will become less and less important. In fact, the prospect of the DTOs' selling their services to terrorists, say by transporting weapons of mass destruction across the U.S.-Mexico border, has begun to frighten analysts both inside and outside government. 

And from the Daily Beast: The songs (Narcocorrido) sound like a cross between mariachi and polka and come from the norteño folk tradition. The first of these ballads go as far back as the 1930s, and the lyrics, while they’ve always dealt with drug traffickers and murderers, have, since the Mexican drug wars began in 2006, become exponentially swaggering in their brazen glorification of violence.Americans listen to gangster rap and love to watch mob flicks. We relish crime depicted well and expect a level of authenticity in the portrayal. It’s nothing out of the ordinary to hire mafia members as movie consultants. We might even prefer musicians with street cred. It seems that as consumers we demand the real thing, not some impostor. 

So from Breaking Bad a Narcocorrido about Heisenberg (Walter White)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Wednesday, June 15. 2016

We have our year end assembly today so our schedule looks like this

8:58 - 10:00  B Block
10:05 - 10:15  A.G.
10:20 - 11:20 A Block 
11:20 - 12:25 Assembly
12:25 - 1:05  Lunch
1:10 - 2:10 D Block
2:15 -  3:15  C Block

B & D Blocks Social Studies 10 - Today we are in the library for our second to last day of research/work on your family history assignment. Remember, your task is to research your family history, which includes learning how to conduct academic research, making critical evaluations regarding sources, and managing information. Please remember that I want you to use the primary documents and stories you find to uncover what daily life might have been like for your relatives.

A Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll continue with our look at social order crimes. Immoral acts are distinguished from crimes on the basis of the social harm they cause. Acts that are believed to be extremely harmful to the general public are usually outlawed, whereas acts that only the harm the actor themselves are more likely to be tolerated. Acts that are illegal because they are viewed as a threat to morality are called public order crimes. I'll remind you that we already looked at the difference between what is deviant and what is criminal and this topic covers crimes that straddle the line between the two. People who lobby hard for their morals to become law are called moral entrepreneurs or crusaders. The power of moral entrepreneurs can be quite strong and we'll see that today.

Think about Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD). From Craig Reinarman's article Social Construction of an Alcohol Problem:

The credibility of MADD, especially at its outset, was impeccable. The parents of children who have been killed in drunk-driving accidents are exceptionally strong symbols. There are few groups of victims who can inspire as much sympathy and adherence as the grieving mother. And this is one of the central foundations of MADD's success. The organisation was started in August of 1980 in Sacramento, California by a woman named Candy Lightner whose daughter had been killed by a hit-and-run drunk driver with multiple DUI (driving under the influence) convictions some 4 months prior. During the criminal proceedings Lightner was appalled by the apparent leniency and lack of concern demonstrated by the justice system towards drunk drivers and the rights of the victim. The campaign began with her tireless lobbying in the initial months and a strong push to make drunk driving a political issue where it had previously not been. 

Consider the following: Sir Patrick Devlin stated…
Without shared ideas on politics, morals, and ethics no society can exist…. If men and women try to create a society in which there is no fundamental agreement about good and evil, they will fail; if having based it on common agreement, the argument goes, the society will disintegrate. For society is not something that is kept together physically; it is held by the invisible bonds of common thought. If the bonds were too far relaxed, the members would drift apart. A common morality is part of the bondage. The bondage is part of the price of society; and mankind, which needs society, must pay its price. 
As you can see, the power of moral entrepreneurs can be quite strong. After we discuss moral entrepreneurs (crusaders) and then I'll add two questions to yesterday's work:

  1. Should drugs be legalized? Why? If you believe drugs should be legalized, think about whether all drugs should be legalized or just a select few. Why should certain drugs be legalized and others not? 
  2. Should prostitution be legalized? Why? If you believe it should be legalized, should all the forms of prostitution described in your text be legalized, or only a select few? If prostitution were legalized should government be able to exercise some control over it? 
  3. Does pornography lead to violence? Why? Is it harmful? Why Consider all forms of pornography (what is currently legal and illegal) when you answer this question.

So yesterday I briefly gave you a question that should have been hard to answer, a question about shared morals and the law. Should we legalize prostitution? Think about the two opposing views:

  1. Sexual Equality View The prostitute is a victim of male dominance. In patriarchal societies, male power is predicated on female subjugation, and prostitution is a clear example of this gender exploitation 
  2. Free Choice View Prostitution, if freely chosen, expresses woman’s equality and is not a symptom of subjugation.

C Block Law 12 - I have the library booked today for you to continue working on your civil law major term project. After today there are only 2 classes left until the final exam and 1 class left in the library to work on your major civil law term project. No pressure...really.