Monday, February 20, 2012

Tuesday, February 21. 2012

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

C Block Geography 12 - Today we shift our focus (pun intended) to earthquakes. We'll look at some video of the aftermath of the Izmit Turkey 1999 Mw7.4 earthquake along the North Anatolian fault. We'll also look at the Loma Prieta (San Fracisco) 1989 Mw6.9 earthquake along the San Andreas fault. We'll try to compare the two and then take some notes down about the three types of faults. After, you'll have a series of questions to complete from the Geosystems text (14, 15, 16, & 19 from p. 412). Check out the cool interactive activity at National Geographic Forces of Nature or the Today in Earthquake History at the USGS. For more information check out the Digital Geology webpage on earthquakes.

Below is a You Tube version of the movie we watched in class today...For the Izmit earthquake start from the 15:30 minute mark and watch through to the 25:36 minute mark

Below is a You Tube version of the IMAX Blue Planet movie we watched in class. For the Loma Prieta earthquake start from the 23:30 minute mark and watch through to the 27:33 mark

A Block Social Studies 11 - Today with Ms. Krahn you’ll be focusing on two out of the four themes you talked about yesterday: Hope and Discovery, and Protest and Unrest. From Ms. Krahn's site...

We’ll talk about the exciting times technological innovations can bring, but also at the downsides to these developments. This includes looking at the pros and cons of the urbanization process, and some of the growing pains cities experience as they develop.

We’ll compare current issues in a developing city with historical examples of what happened in Canadian cities at the turn of the 20th Century. These points will take us to the reform movements in Canada, and how certain groups worked towards addressing concerns about the rights of women, factory/mine workers, children and youth, and poor conditions in cities.

You will have some time at the end of class to work on the questions from yesterday (we’ll do a quick review to refresh your memories)

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 extra info on what life was like in the early 1900s

McCord Museum Quebec

Here’s a great radio program about the urbanization process in China, and the current environmental and workers’ rights issues a particular city is facing


Here is an interesting story from The Tyee that ties in to our discussion on migrant workers’ rights from yesterday

B Block Law 12 - Today 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. From the Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements Project:

The decision in Calder v Attorney-General of British Columbia was handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada on 31 January 1973. It is often credited with having provided the impetus for the overhauling of the land claims negotiation process in Canada. The case was initiated in 1968 by the Nisga'a Tribal Council against the Government of British Columbia. It failed both at trial and in the Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court overturned the Court of Appeal's finding in recognising the possible existence of Aboriginal rights to land and resources, but was equally divided on the issue of whether the Nisga'a retained title. The decision prompted the federal government to develop new policy to address Aboriginal land claims. In 1976 Canada commenced negotiations with the Nisga'a Tribal Council. British Columbia did not join the negotiations until 1990. The Nisga'a Final Agreement was concluded in 1999 and implemented by legislation in 2000.

After, we'll talk about the LGBT community in Canada and the Civil Marriage Act (which legalized same-sex marriage in Canada on July 20, 2005) and finally we'll take a closer look at Human Rights and how they are enforced in Canada.

In preparation for tomorrow's project work I'll have you work on: Questions 1-4 on page 94
1. Explain the difference between civil rights and human rights.
2. How do prejudice and stereotyping lead to discrimination?
3. Explain the difference between a complainant and a respondent.
4. What is the difference between intentional and unintentional discrimination?
Questions 4 & 5 from page 97
4. Explain the concept of a poisoned work environment. Provide an example.
5. Explain the difference between accommodation and undue hardship.
AND Question 5 from page 104
5. What types of remedies are available under human rights law?

For more on the BC Human Rights Code look at the Attorney General's Human Rights Protection site. For more on the Canadian Human Rights Act see the Canadian Department of Justice site. For more on Human Rights in Canada see the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

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