Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Wednesday, May 23. 2018

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

B Block 9:00 – 10:00
AG 10:05 – 10:15
A Block 10:20 – 11:20
Lunch 11:20 – 12:00
D Block 12:05 – 1:05
C Block 1:10 – 2:10
Personalized Learning 2:10 – 3:15

Since we spent yesterday getting caught up on work from last Thursday and Friday when I was away...we'll hit the reset button on yesterday's plans and do them today.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Tuesday, May 22. 2018

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

C Block Criminology 12 - Over the last two weeks we've looked at media and developed some media literacy skills. This week we'll look at Sociology - given that this section of the course ideals with "Crime, Media and Society" it makes sense to look at society and how it is structured. Today we'll spend some time looking at types of societies, norms, roles, institutions and culture. Then, I would like for you to consider how have you been shaped by society.


On a large sheet of paper you need to draw an image of you (or print off your favourite photo of yourself) and then you to create a visual map of you in society. What social forces have impacted your life? How has culture influenced you? How have social institutions affected who you are? What are the most important cultural elements of your own social group or subculture? This poster should be a visual representation of the social influences on your life...use symbols, images, words and ideas to graphically depict where you fit into society.

Tomorrow we'll look at groups and socialization and Thursday we'll examine Social Stratification, Inequality and Deviance. A really good on-line book that can help with all of these topics is Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World, Brief Edition, v. 1.0.1 by Steven E. Barkan.

D Block Human Geography 11 - Today we'll continue with the key question "Why Do Farmers Face Economic Difficulties"? Our focus for the day will be on Genetically Modified Organisms (connected to food). Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are living organisms that possesses a novel combination of genetic material obtained using modern biotechnology.  Until last year, only four GM crops have been grown in Canada: corn, canola, soy and white sugar beet (for sugar processing). In 2016, GM alfalfa was planted for the first time and in March 2016, a GM potato was approved. The potato is genetically engineered to have less asparagine, an amino acid that oxidizes into acrylamide (a probable carcinogen) at high-temperatures (e.g. frying). Source Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN). Also AquaBounty Technologies has indicated that it sold GM salmon filets here in Canada where Atlantic Salmon have been endowed with a growth hormone taken from Pacific chinook salmon that makes it grow faster. GM is especially widespread in the United States. Three-fourths of the processed food that Americans consume has at least one genetically modified ingredient





You have some questions to answer for me:
  1. There is little new land available for farming.  In fact, the current trend is to reduce agricultural land rather than increase it.  Identify and briefly describe three reasons why land is currently being removed from agricultural use.
  2. Why do you think Europeans generally avoid genetically modified food while Americans generally do not? Does your family avoid foods made with GMO seeds? Why or why not?
  3. Describe the characteristics of the “miracle wheat seed”.
  4. Describe the characteristics of the “miracle rice seed”.
  5. What specific problems do farmers in LDCs have which might prevent them from taking full advantage of the Green Revolution?
  6. What three crops are often genetically modified?
  7. Approximately how much of major crops in the US are genetically modified?
  8. What are the advantages and disadvantages of genetically modified foods?

A Block Law 12 - Today we begin Family Law and we'll look at the "Essential" requirements for marriage (age, not currently married, affinity/consanguinity, mental capacity, willingness) and the "Formal" requirements for marriage (age, license, ceremony).

Here's an example: In BC sections 28 & 29 of the Marriage Act [RSBC 1996] Chapter 282 indicates consent is required to marry someone under the age of 19 and forbids marriage to someone under the age of 16. Specifically the act states:

 28 (1) Except as provided in subsections (2) to (4), a marriage of a person, not being a widower or widow, who is a minor must not be solemnized, and a licence must not be issued, unless consent in writing to the marriage is first given
 (a) by both parents of that person if both are living and are joint guardians, or by the parent having sole guardianship if they are not joint guardians or by the surviving parent if one of them is dead,
 (b) if both parents are dead, or if neither parent is a guardian, by a lawfully appointed guardian of that person, or
 (c) if both parents are dead, and there is no lawfully appointed guardian, by the Public Guardian and Trustee or the Supreme Court.

 29 (1) Except as provided in subsections (2) and (3), a marriage of any person under 16 years of age must not be solemnized, and a licence must not be issued.
 (2) If, on application to the Supreme Court, a marriage is shown to be expedient and in the interests of the parties, the court may, in its discretion, make an order authorizing the solemnization of and the issuing of a licence for the marriage of any person under 16 years of age.

In British Columbia the revised BC Family Law Act states:

3  (1) A person is a spouse for the purposes of this Act if the person

(a) is married to another person, or

(b) has lived with another person in a marriage-like relationship, and

(i) has done so for a continuous period of at least 2 years, or

(ii) except in Parts 5 [Property Division] and 6 [Pension Division], has a child with the other person.

(2) A spouse includes a former spouse.

(3) A relationship between spouses begins on the earlier of the following:

(a) the date on which they began to live together in a marriage-like relationship;

(b) the date of their marriage.

So this means that common law couples the same as married couples for purposes of property division if they split up and couples who have been living together for two years share the same legal rights as married couples. In the past, people who had been living together for decades were not entitled to share in assets accrued during the relationship. If there's time then we'll talk about annulments, divorce, 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.

BC Vital Statistics Agency - How to get married in BC

B Block Introduction to Law 10 - Today we'll start with our test review. You wrote your test yesterday and I'll give you back your graded papers today. You have the chance to earn an additional 10 marks on the test. What you need to do first is on a separate sheet of paper answer the following:

Now that you have looked over your graded test, estimate the percentage of points you lost due to each of the following (make sure the percentages add up to 100):

1. From careless mistakes (read the question incorrectly, misread the answer I selected, or did not read all the available choices) ______
2. From not being familiar with terms ______
3. From not knowing facts ______
4. From not understanding concepts ______
5. From not being able to apply concepts in new contexts ______
6. From not seeing connections between concepts or facts ______
7. From other reasons (please specify)
(Please specify: ______________________________________________)

Next choose up to 5 multiple selection and or true false questions that you got wrong on the test.

In the spaces below, put each question you did not get correct and reflect.
  • Question# ________
  • My Answer ______ Correct Answer ______
  • Reflection (Why did I get this wrong?, What was I thinking?  What was the principle or idea being tested? Think about why you answered the question incorrectly. Select a reflection choice that identifies why you got the problem wrong)
  • What can I do differently next time to get the question correct?
Above all, be honest with yourself and your answers.

Just a reminder...your Comox Valley Crime Maps are due













Finally, we'll look at crime scene investigation. You'll start with the basic stages of a search, documenting evidence, and examples of what is included in a crime scene investigator's toolkit.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Thursday May 17 - Friday May 18, 2018

Okay so it's that time of the year when I take the senior geography students off to Mount Saint Helens (year 13!). I leave you in the more than capable hands of Mr. Hillian.

Thursday's schedule is D-C-B-A and Friday's schedule is A-B-C-D

D Block Human Geography 11 - Today we'll continue to look at the Key Issue "Where Is Agriculture Distributed"? this time focusing on developed countries. In developed countries "agribusiness" include mixed crop and livestock; dairying; grain; ranching; Mediterranean; and commercial gardening. Agribusiness is a broad area that includes food production and services related to agribusiness like food processing, packaging, storing, distributing, and retailing. Canada is the 5th largest agricultural exporter in the world, and the agriculture and agri-food industry employs 2.3 million Canadians (that's 1 in 8 jobs)


We only have two questions to add to yesterday's work:
  1. Why do some regions specialize in “milk products” like cheese and butter rather than fluid milk?  Identify some of these important regions.
  2. What country is the world’s largest producer of dairy products?
We'll try to look at the problem of overproduction of food in the developed world and food waste




 Next, we'll look at the key question "Why Do Farmers Face Economic Difficulties"? Commercial and subsistence farmers face comparable challenges. Both commercial and subsistence farmers have difficulty generating enough income to continue farming.

Rice farmers of the Philippines from Dan Chung on Vimeo.



 The underlying reasons, though, are different. Commercial farmers can produce a surplus of food (as we saw yesterday), whereas many subsistence farmers are barely able to produce enough food to survive. Because the purpose of commercial farming is to sell produce off the farm, the distance from the farm to the market influences the farmer’s choice of crop to plant. A commercial farmer initially considers which crops to cultivate and which animals to raise based on market location and the von Thünen model tries to help explain this.

Answer the following questions about von Thünen’s model:

Who was von Thünen?
According to this model, what two factors does a farmer consider when deciding what to plant?
How does cost determine what farmers grow?
How does transportation cost influence profitability of growing wheat?
How could von Thünen’s model be applied at a global scale?

C Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll connect our look at media theory Agenda Setting, Framing, the Hypodermic Needle or Magic Bullet, Cultivation, the Knowledge Gap, Uses and Gratification as well as Dependency to the 48 Hours Mystery episode on the Highway of Tears. From CBS:

Since 1969, at least 18 women have gone missing or have been murdered along Canada's infamous Highway 16. Locals call it "The Highway of Tears." The Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Highway of Tears task force, Project E-PANA, consists of 13 homicide investigations and five missing peoples investigations. 

So we'll watch the episode and then I have a few things I'd like to talk with you about...We'll try to understand how media reports crime and try to take a theoretical perspective on the show and why it was made the way that it was presented to the audience. I have three questions for you to work on (and I'll give you time to work on them today):

  1. What main story do you think Investigative Reporters Bob Friel and Peter Van Zant wanted to tell?
  2. Why did the show focus on Madison Scott first, Loren Leslie next and then the victims along the Highway of Tears afterwards?
  3. Why do you think the producers and editors framed the story the way that they did?
For some more recent coverage check out the CBC Virtual Reality documentary on Ramona Wilson and the Highway of Tears...
 
or Vice TV's Searchers: The Highway of Tears

or Al Jazeera

or How Stuff Works on the Highway of Tears

or if you get VICELAND as a television channel there is a great show called WOMAN and there is an episode on murdered and missing Aboriginal women; here's a preview:


Highway of Tears from Natanael Johansson on Vimeo.

And of course don't forget the REDress project

Don't forget to look at Agenda Setting, Framing and now Two-Step Flow media theories to help with your ideas. After a bit we're diving back in to media...this time, however, we are going to watch a Dateline video called "My Kid Would Never Do That: Stranger Danger".This episode deals with the fear associated with stranger abductions and tests whether kids would know what do to when confronted by someone who attempts to lure them. The Dateline website says:

While stranger abductions are rare, all parents worry about keeping kids safe. In this special report, parents and experts watch as the following scenarios unfold, testing whether or not children know what to do when approached by a stranger.
DATELINE NBC: MY KID WOULD NEVER DO THAT: STRANGER DANGER from Loren Burlando on Vimeo.

Check out these Facebook and Twitter posts in response to the show






So now for the reality of stranger danger and abductions...

  • Stranger Danger doesn't teach what a stranger is
  • It doesn't account for trusted adults and
  • It can demonize all adults to children.
A 2000 Justice Department study found that of the 800,000 kids who were reported missing that year, half turned out to be runaways. MOST abductions turned out to involve family members; only 115 of all the cases reported were a version of the nightmare scenario that most troubles parents - abduction by a stranger. For more information look at kidshealth.org; yahoo.com; ncpc.org; ncjrs.gov; or keeping children safe OK so now what? Here's what I'd like you to answer:

  1. What do you think the purpose of the "My Kid Would Never Do That: Stranger Danger" show and what assumptions or beliefs do its creators have that are reflected in the content?
  2. Who and what is shown in a positive light? In a negative light? Why might these people and things be shown this way? What conclusions might audiences draw based on these facts?
  3. What techniques does the Dateline show use to get your attention and to communicate its message?

B Block Introduction to Law 10 - Just a note for you...you have a test tomorrow on the introductory section of the course (criminology and victimology); it will be multiple selection, true/false and a short answer (paragraph) in structure. Don't forget you may use your notes! Today, however, we'll look at Geographic profiling. I'll ask you to brainstorm a list of locations in the Comox Valley that you feel crime will be more prevalent in and you'll have to justify your reasoning. For more on Geographic profiling check out:

Mapping Crime by Keith Harris
Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation
RCMP Geographic Profiling

After, we'll work on a Geographic Profiling Comox Valley crime Map with data from the Comox Valley CrimeStoppers website. We'll look at Residential Break & Enters for the city of Courtenay. There are two basic types of residential break and enters: opportunistic and organized (you could also say amateur and professional). What are the differences? The scale of proceeds (size/quantity/value); the ability to dispose of proceeds (quality fences who will purchase stolen property); the capacity to store proceeds (hold on to stolen items); the level of planning/complexity (how much time is needed to organize a plan of attack for the size of the and challenge of the residence); and the level of risk involved.

If the B&E is done to commit another offense then the motives can range from intimidation/extortion to negatively impacting the business of another or to commit a further offence (eg domestic violence, sexual domestic violence, sexual offence, assault, mischief). If the B&E is done with the intent to steal then the motives can range from boredom to profit.

I want you to think about data here; I'll give you a list of the 61 incidents in 2016 and first I want you to map them out. After, consider where they are located and what kinds of neighbourhoods they are a part of. Think about where the 24,099 people live in the 29.38 square kilometer area that is Courtenay. The 2011 Census Data for Courtenay and the National Household Survey both reveal some interesting data about our city.
  1. 58.2% of our city's population was participating in the labour force (employed or unemployed) that means 41.8% were retired or not old enough to work.
  2. Our unemployment rate was 11.1% and most people were employed in retail (19.54%), health care and social assistance (12.2%), or public administration (9.55%)
  3. The average yearly income for each person in Courtenay was $33,737 (when you blend part and full time workers together - those who worked full-time their average yearly income was $48,302) and the average family income was $72,186. Only 5.4% of the city's population made over $100,000 per year, 17.55% of the city's population made between $50,000-$99,999 per year, 39.4% of the city's population made between $20,000-$49,999 per year, while 36.6% of the city's population made less than $19,999 per year.
  4. Of the 10,890 dwellings in Courtenay 7,575 were lived in by owners while 3,315 were lived in by renters (2,115 of those dwellings were a part of a condominium development).
So there's a little info about housing & income for people in Courtenay and when we match some of that data to your map, I want you to figure out where you think the Comox Valley RCMP should focus their attention to aid in community-based crime prevention for the city of Courtenay. Where would be a good place to start a Block Watch? Why?

Both the "Residential Break and Enter" and the Commercial Break and Enter" Heat maps to the left were completed by the VPD (Vancouver Police Department) for February 14th through 20th this year and should help you in terms of what your map should look like.

For our map we will need to use colours that show areas of high, moderate, minimal and low risk for B&E (if one street has 5 incidents out of 61 in a year that's 8% of all Courtenay's B&E incidents...is that a lot? What if it's Crown Isle or Mission Hill or Valley View or Punteledge or the Old Orchard neighbourhood rather than just a street? How many incidents took place in a neighbourhood?)



A Block Law 12 - Today we'll be in the class watching the documentary Hot Coffee. Seinfeld mocked it. Letterman ranked it in his top ten list. And more than fifteen years later, its infamy continues. Everyone knows the McDonald’s coffee case. It has been routinely cited as an example of how citizens have taken advantage of America’s legal system, but is that a fair rendition of the facts? Hot Coffee reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque woman who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring how and why the case garnered so much media attention, who funded the effort and to what end. After seeing this film, you will decide who really profited from spilling hot coffee.


Your textbook states: Many Canadians regard civil suits like Stella Liebeck’s as frivolous (silly or wasteful). What do you think? I'll ask you that question after we watch the documentary.

Consider this story...An Ohio man, Arnold Black, a 48-year-old black man from Maple Heights, sued East Cleveland after he was stopped by police in 2012 for suspected drug activity, handcuffed, left locked in a closet for four days without food, water or access to a bathroom and beaten so severely that he suffered memory loss and required brain surgery was awarded $22 million in court.

Or this story where a B.C. judge has awarded a disabled 16-year-old more than $5.2 million in damages after finding her cerebral palsy was the result of the failures of a nurse and doctor involved in her delivery.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Wednesday, May 16. 2018

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

B Block 9:00 – 10:00
AG 10:05 – 10:15
A Block 10:20 – 11:20
Lunch 11:20 – 12:00
D Block 12:05 – 1:05
C Block 1:10 – 2:10
Personalized Learning 2:10 – 3:15

B Block Introduction to Law 10 - Since we got an extra (final) block in the library for our project yesterday (remember it's due today) we'll continue and finish the video "The Unrepentant" picking up on Karla Homolka, who convinced police and a psychiatrist she was a victim, even though she helped her husband assault and kill young girls, including her own younger sister. Then, finally, the show revisits the harrowing story of two teenaged friends who conspired to murder one of their families and were caught in a controversial RCMP sting. They are all disordered personalities, whose lack of empathy and shame inspires both fear and fascination. Just a note for you...you have a test this Friday on the introductory section of the course (criminology and victimology); it will be multiple selection, true/false and a short answer (paragraph) in structure.

A Block Law 12 - Today you need to continue your work on the major civil law project that is due just over a month from now. After the May long weekend, you will have two to three library blocks per week to finish this assignment...no pressure really. And don't forget if you're choosing to do three cases with a video for your law firm...you had better start script writing and planning your production dates.

D Block Human Geography 11 - Today and tomorrow we'll look at the Key Issue "Where Is Agriculture Distributed"? Geographer Derwent Whittlesey mapped the world’s agricultural regions in 1936 which helped lay the foundation for the modern division of the Earth into agriculture regions. The five agriculture regions primarily seen in developing countries are intensive subsistence, wet-rice dominant; intensive subsistence, crops other than rice dominant; pastoral nomadism; shifting cultivation; and plantation and we'll look at those today. You'll need to answer the following:
  1. What is pastoral nomadism and in what type of climate is it usually found?
  2. How do pastoral nomads obtain grain (several ways)?
  3. What is transhumance?
  4. In what way do modern governments currently threaten pastoral nomadism?
  5. How is land owned in a typical village that practices shifting cultivation?
  6. What percentage of the world’s land area is devoted to shifting cultivation?
  7. Describe the PROS and CONS of shifting cultivation, or the arguments made for it and criticisms leveled against it on the chart in the work package.
  8. Define and describe plantation farming by filling out the chart in the work package.




C Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll look at some theories about media. We'll examine Agenda Setting, Framing, the Hypodermic Needle or Magic Bullet, Cultivation, the Knowledge Gap, Uses and Gratification as well as Dependency theory.

We'll try to understand how media reports crime and try to take a theoretical perspective on the show and why it was made the way that it was presented to the audience. What crimes the media choose to cover and how they cover those crimes can influence the public’s perception of crime. Editors and assignment editors make complex decisions about what crime stories they will cover (or not) and what the headline will be. Journalists and reporters, in partnership with their assignment desks and producers decide what information about those crimes they will include or leave out, what experts they may go to for input, what quotes from that expert they will include, and where in the story these facts and quotes appear.



The way in which the news is brought, the frame in which the news is presented, is also a choice made by journalists. So, a frame refers to the way media and media gatekeepers organize and present the events and issues they cover, and the way audiences interpret what they are provided. Frames influence the perception of the news of the audience, this form of agenda-setting not only tells what to think about, but also how to think about it. so the media can't tell us what to think but it can tell us what to think about:



Monday, May 14, 2018

Tuesday, May 15. 2018

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

C Block Criminology 12 - I want you to track your consumption of media for one day; you'll need to estimate how much time of the day you think you consume and interact with media. Write down what media format you interact with for a time period throughout the day and guesstimate how much time you interact with it. I know that you are a generation of multi-taskers (and that you are interacting with this blog right now) so try to be as honest as you can about what you consume/interact with. Break your estimates into time blocks like:

Wake Up to 9 am
9 am - 1 pm
1 pm - 5 pm
5 pm - 9 pm
9 pm - Sleep

Then consider types...Remember the types of Mass Media include: Print media encompasses mass communication through printed material. It includes newspapers, magazines, booklets and brochures, house magazines, periodicals or newsletters, direct mailers, handbills or flyers, billboards, press releases, and books. Electronic media is the kind of media which requires the user to utilize an electric connection to access it. It is also known as 'Broadcast Media'. It includes television, radio, and new-age media like Internet, computers, telephones, etc. With the advent of Internet, we are now enjoying the benefits of high technology mass media, which is not only faster than the old school mass media, but also has a widespread range. Mobile phones, computers, and Internet are often referred to as the new-age media. Internet has opened up several new opportunities for mass communication which include e-mail, websites, podcasts, e-forums, e-books, blogging, Internet TV, and many others which are booming today. Internet has also started social networking sites which have redefined mass communication all together. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have made communication to the masses all the more entertaining, interesting, and easier.

We will talk about the history of media and communication formats and then after we'll watch the Batman: The Animated Series  Two Face (Part II). These episodes provide an alternate origin story to Harvey Dent / Two Face than the movie The Dark Knight. When we finish the episode we'll try to make sense of what messages the episode tries to pass on to its audience (remember it's children), what the episode says of crime and what mass media theory we can use to explain how the creators (Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski) and writers (Alan Burnett and Randy Rogel) presented their ideas.

For Media consumption consider the following...
 
Look at this Kaiser Family Foundation study from 2010; it will give us a good idea about amounts of media youth consume (Generation M2) .

Please consider the following:
We're not seeing more police shootings, just more news coverage
Canadians still wildly overestimating the level of violent crime

D Block Human Geography 11 - Today we'll look at the key question "Why Do People Consume Different Foods"? The modern Canadian farm is mechanized and highly productive, especially compared to subsistence farms found in much of the rest of the world. This difference represents one of the most basic contrasts between the more developed and less developed countries of the world. Consumption of food also varies around the world, both in total amount and source of nutrients. These differences result from a combination of level of development, physical conditions, and cultural preferences. So today we'll try to examine these differences.



 You'll need to work on the following:
  1. Which of the three main cereal grains is most prevalent in your diet and why do you think that is so?
  2. Compare world distributions of wheat, rice, and maize production. To what extent do differences derive from environmental conditions and to what extent from food preferences and other social customs?
  3. How many kilocalories are in a Big Mac? You can use Google to find the answer. How does one Big Mac compare to the daily caloric intake of the average African?
  4. Define undernourishment:
  5. How much of the world suffers from undernourishment? Where are those places?

A Block Law 12 - Today you need to continue your work on the major civil law project that is due just over a month from now. After the May long weekend, you will have two to three library blocks per week to finish this assignment...no pressure really. And don't forget if you're choosing to do three cases with a video for your law firm...you had better start script writing and planning your production dates.Some help regarding the baseball case can be found at City of Vancouver Standards of Maintenance By Law (look at section 5  Structural Conditions). Some help regarding the amusement park and ski resort cases can be found at SAFETY STANDARDS ACT [SBC 2003] CHAPTER 39 and at Safety Standards Act
SAFETY STANDARDS GENERAL REGULATION.

B Block Introduction to Law 10 - Today we'll continue and finish the video "The Unrepentant" picking up on Karla Homolka, who convinced police and a psychiatrist she was a victim, even though she helped her husband assault and kill young girls, including her own younger sister. Then, finally, the show revisits the harrowing story of two teenaged friends who conspired to murder one of their families and were caught in a controversial RCMP sting. They are all disordered personalities, whose lack of empathy and shame inspires both fear and fascination.

If you have completed the research for your Serial Killer research assignment then you can print off your work and start to assemble your poster (I have poster paper for you). Just a note for you...you have a test this Thursday on the introductory section of the course (criminology and victimology); it will be multiple selection, true/false and a short answer (paragraph) in structure.