Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Thursday, February 2. 2012

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

C Block Geography 12 - Today we'll continue our work on the foundations of Geography starting with the Five Themes. In order to understand the increasingly complex and interconnected world we live in we need to find a way to make sense of information in a way that doesn't overwhelm us. The Five Themes (Location, Place, Human-Environment Interactions, Movement, and Regions) are a framework for making sense of geographic data. Today we'll cover the Human-Environment Interactions, Movement, and Regions and then we'll move on to systems. This is an important class as everything we look at in geography will be through the lens of systems science. We'll look at systems, feedback, equilibrium, and thresholds. For more help with positive and negative feedback loops take a look at Chapter 2 of Gerry Martin's on line Human Ecology textbook

B Block Law 12 - Yesterday we looked at the divisions of Public (criminal, constitutional, and administrative) and Private law (tort, family, contract, property, and labour law). We didn't get to the assignment I wanted to work though yesterday so...Your assignment will be to look up the penalties for a law (in the Canadian Criminal Code) that you disagree with and explain why we should have stronger or lighter penalties for this law. Look at yesterday's blog site for more information on the example of "Mischief" C.C. 430. (1) We'll take a brief look at the history of law (focusing on Hammurabi, the Mosaic code, and the Justinian code) and then move into reading case studies and citations.

A Block Social Studies 11 - Today with Ms. Krahn you'll be looking at the three branches of government in Canada (Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches). You’ll see where their roots are, and then explore the workings of the Legislative branch. You’ll review how a bill becomes law, and you’ll have a chance to explore an issue you’re interested in to ‘make it law.’ You’re welcome to work in groups or individually, and Ms. Krahn be collecting this assignment, as well as yesterday’s homework. Here is a link to the ‘Make it Law’ handout:

Here’s a handy graphic that displays the steps needed for a bill to be passed in Canada. There is also a visual representation outlining the steps on p. 237 of your counterpoints textbook.

And here’s a nice image of the Federal Government of Canada. It includes a breakdown of the three branches (Executive, Judicial and Legislative):

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