Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

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

D- Law 12
- Today we will continue our look at the legal rights we have here in Canada. We'll go through sections 7 - 14 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (legal rights section) and then you'll need to start working on your review the Keegstra case (R. v. Keegstra, 1990). In this activity, you'll be a newspaper reporter writing a respective story on the case after the Supreme Court of Canada made its final decision on the matter. You need about four paragraphs dealing with: a brief history - summary of the case (why he was charged and what the decisions in the lower courts were); an explanation of the charter rights violations and Keegstra's defence; an explnation of the decision made by the justices of the Supreme Court; and opinion from both sides (those for and against Keegstra's defence). Use the questions in the Law text as a guide (this will be considered as your first major project in the class and is due a week from today (Monday, October 5, 2009). For help with the Keegstra case check out:
The Canadian Encyclopedia - The Keegstra Case
Canadian Human Rights Council - Testing the limits of freedom of expression
Stop Racism - James Keegstra (it's heavy on the legal speak)
Judgments of the Supreme Court of Canada R. v. Keegstra, [1990] 3 S.C.R. 697

A - Social Studies 11
- Today we'll finish our government structure work. We've looked at the legislative and executive branches of government and I'll have you take down a chart comparing the structure of the federal and provincial/territorial governments. Today we'll talk about the ways you can influence government, focusing on elections and voting. We'll look at representation by population, the first past the post system, and the concept of proportional representation. You'll need to work on 1, 2, 3, and 4 on page 253 along with 1 and 2 on page 258 of your Counterpoints textbook today. For help on why you should vote see:
Elections Canada Young Voters Site
Elections Canada Electoral System explanation
Compulsory voting in Australia explanation
Electoral Reform in BC First Past the Post or STV First Past the Post vs Proportional Representation

Historical record of Canadian Voter turnout
2008 Election Results CBC

B- Geography 12 - Today we will quickly review the notes we've taken on the rock cycle, and the process of metamorphic rock creation (contact, regional, and dynamic metamorphism). After our review we will look at tectonics and plate boundaries (divergent, convergent, and transform), then we'll look at geothermal energy and the effects of the Juan de Fuca plate and ridge just off our shores. You will also have the opportunity to work on your Juan de Fuca plate and Geothermal energy questions as well.
For more on Plate Tectonics check out:
Earth Floor: Plate Tectonics
UCal Berkeley Plate Tectonics animated Gifs
NASA: Our Restless Planet animation library
Plate Tectonics Earth View
USGS: This Dynamic Earth
UCAR - University of Michigan - Plate Tectonics
Essentials of Geology textbook Plate Tectonics animations
University of Kentucky Geology Department animations of Plate Tectonics

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