Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday, February 20. 2012

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

A Block Social Studies 11 - Today with Ms. Krahn you'll begin your history unit...from her blogsite...

Today we’ll continue the discussion we started on Thursday about life in Canada at the turn of the 20th Century.There are four major themes we’ll use to analyse what life was like during the Laurier era, and to look at the development of Canada’s identity throughout the 20th century:

Racism and Discrimination
Hope and Discovery
Protest and Unrest
Canadians and Canadiens

Today we’ll focus on Racism and Discrimination, and how this theme took shape in Canada’s immigration and Aboriginal policies. You will need to define the following terms: Racism, Discrimination, Prejudice, Stereotyping, Ethnocentrism, Xenophobia and (Forced) Assimilation. We’ll also discuss the Government’s present-day actions of restitution and what this means. Then I will ask you to answer the following:

1.Describe the steps taken in BC to restrict Asian immigration (Counterpoints p. 10-11)
2.Describe the policies of the federal government that were designed to assimilate Canada’s Aboriginal people (Counterpoints p. 12)
3. Can we right the wrongs of past generations? Is a formal apology appropriate, or not enough?

Here are some links that will be useful to your discussion.
Canadian Immigration timeline
The ‘Last Best West’ immigration campaign
The History of Racism in Canada
Residential Schools at Surviving the Past
Chinese Canadian History
The importance of compensation
A chronological list of formal apologies made by governments

B Block Law 12 - Today in Law we'll look at the difference between prejudice and discrimination. Next we'll look at discrimination in Canada focusing on the Persons case and women's issues employment and pay equity, sexual harassment, and discrimination against pregnant women. I'll have you work on questions 1-5 on page 78 of the All About Law text:

1. What are some of the current barriers to equality facing women?
2. What is pay equity?
3. How are different jobs compared under pay equity?
4. What is employment equity?
5. What groups are protected under employment equity laws?

After this we'll examine the collective rights of Canada's Aboriginal/First Nations people. We'll talk about the significance of the Calder v. Attorney-General of British Columbia, 1973 decision. Tomorrow we'll talk about the LGBT community in Canada and take a closer look at Human Rights and how they are enforced in Canada.

C Block Geography 12 - Today we'll begin the class by working on the Juan de Fuca and Geothermal energy questions that we ended the day off with on Friday. I'll show you some information on geothermal energy plants and you'll get some time to work on the assignment. After, we'll watch the first part of the Geologic Journeys: The Rockies. This episode is all about terrane building and the formation of the Rockies in Canada. When the video is finished, you'll work on your Day 14 assignment (define anticline & syncline, and work on questions 4 - 5 from page 412 in your Geosystems text). You will also have the opportunity to work on your Day 13 Juan de Fuca plate and Geothermal energy questions as well. All of your Week 3 work is due tomorrow. For help with the geothermal energy check out:

USGS Other Energy Sources (Geothermal)
Canadian Geothermal Energy Association
US Energy Information Agency Energy Kids Geothermal

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