Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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

B- Social Studies 10
- Today with Mr. Luxemberger you are going to begin your presentations on the Physiographic Regions of Canada. While these are happening there will be some notes and information that he wants you to know so please pay careful attention to what's going on in the class.

A - Social Studies 11 - Today with Mr. Luxemberger you are going to start by reviewing the five main political parties of Canada (Conservative, Bloc Québécois, New Democrat, Liberal and Green). For your final exam (and really for your personal life as a citizen of Canada) you'll need to know who they are and what they stand for. Next you'll take a look at the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and figure out why it's one of the most important legal documents you'll ever know.

C - Criminology 12 - Today we'll wrap up the work we began last week on Chapter 1 in the Criminology: The Core textbook with a quiz...your first quiz in the course! After the quiz I'm going to quickly review where we get our information about trends in crime (UCR, PRVS, Self-Reports). For the last part of the class I would like you to write a letter to the editor of the Vancouver Sun.

You are a criminologist who works at Simon Fraser University and have become alarmed at the media's (in your view) alarmist and irresponsible misrepresentation of violent crime in the city. The over simplification of news reports and the finger pointing have got you steamed (it's the judges, no it's the R.C.M.P., no it's the Solicitor General and the provincial government, no it's the justice department and the federal government, no it's the criminals, no it's the media, no it's.....fill in name here). So you're fed up and it's about time someone with brains educated the media about the nature and extent of crime in Canada and in Vancouver.

Write a thoughtful and polite letter to the editor of the Vancouver Sun outlining the current trends in crime (age, economy, social problems, firearms availability, gangs, drug use and justice policy - p.37-8 in Criminology: The Core) and crime patterns (ecology, social class, age, gender, and race p.42-9 in Criminology: The Core). You'll probably want to conclude your letter with a suggestion or two on how to deal with the "chronic offender" who is typical of those involved with the spate of recent gang shootings. You may want to throw in a reason or two why you think that violence is over reported in the media and maybe consider explaining why that hurts rather than helps deal with crime.

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