Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Thursday, March 1. 2012

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

Today we have an assembly for Anti-Bullying day so the times for the daily schedule are altered. The blocks look like this:

D Block 9:05 - 10:10
C Block 10:15-11:15
Assembly then Lunch 11:20 - 1:00
B Block 1:05 - 2:05
A Block 2:10 - 3:15

C Block Geography 12 - Today we're off to the library to begin our first day of research on the Orting high school case study. Should the town of Orting, Washington, build a new high school to attract people to their community or not? What will the impact of increased population be on the tiny town that sits in the shadows of Mt. Rainier? The assignment is in your week 5 package and was adapted from the following website:

Websites of help for this assignment:

The following URL’s will help:

Just a note of caution...

What is the greatest danger to Orting? Of all that could potentially happen at Mount Rainier what poses the greatest threat? Now ask yourself what triggers that threat? What causes it to happen? Last think about the statistical likelyhood of that event happening. How likely is the event to occur in the next 5, 10, 100, or 1000 years? Check out the risk analysis section of the COTF website for help here.

B Block Law 12 - Today we're going to review the types of criminal offenses (summary conviction, indictable, hybrid) from yesterday and then shift into the elements of a crime (with special attention focused on the Mens Rea - intent, knowledge, and recklessness). Actus Reus and Mens Rea come from Actus non facit reum nisi mens sit rea which is Latin for “the act will not make a person guilty unless the mind is also guilty.” To help us understand these concepts we'll look at the R. v. Parks (1992) case as well as the R. v. Williams (2003) case. In terms of the Williams case, another example of an HIV related aggravated sexual assault case involved former CFL athlete Trevis Smith. A review of the decision (sentenced to five and a half years in 2007 and was paroled in 2010) can be found here at CBC News. In terms of Wilful Blindness, because of the Sansregret case, the Supreme Court of Canada held that the concepts of recklessness and wilful blindness are not the same and that it is wise to keep the two concepts separate. The court then defined each concept as follows (Stuart: 211):

  • Recklessness involves knowledge of a danger or risk and persistence in a course of conduct which creates a risk that the prohibited result will occur,

  • Wilful blindness arises where a person who has become aware of the need for some inquiry declines to make the inquiry because he does not wish to know the truth.
You'll need to work on the Review Your Understanding questions 1-5 on page 130 in the law textbook.

A Block Social Studies 11 - Today with Ms. Krahn...we’ll take a look how the loss of life in the battles on the Western Front affected Canadians back home. We’ll discuss the conscription crisis of 1917; specifically why it was enacted and how it affected the relationship between French and English Canada.

We’ll watch a clip about conscription from Canada A People’s History and I will ask you to answer the question from the chart in your textbook on p. 40.

I will also ask you to respond to the following question:

Why did PM Borden believe that conscription was necessary? Why were many people opposed to conscription?

We will also discuss the Wartime Elections Act and the Military Voters Act, and what these pieces of legislation meant for conscientious objectors, immigrants and women.

After this, we’ll switch gears and look at the role of Women in WWI, on the Western Front and at home. We’ll discuss the efforts of the suffrage movement and the influence of women like Nellie McLung.

We’ll watch a short clip on the history of women’s right to vote in Canada and I will ask you to take note of who was still denied enfranchisement, and why.

Extra info: Here is a link to women’s involvement in the military by country

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