Thursday, March 22, 2012

Friday, March 23. 2012

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

B Block Law 12 - Today we'll start with the R. v. Parker (2000) case that we looked at yesterday. In essence the case enabled the use of marijuana for medical purposes in Canada. We'll discuss who is allowed to obtain legal permission to possess through the MMAP (Marijuana Medical Access Program).

Category 1: This category is comprised of any symptoms treated within the context of providing compassionate end-of-life care; or the symptoms associated with the specified medical conditions listed in the schedule to the Regulations, namely:

  • Severe pain and/or persistent muscle spasms from multiple sclerosis;
  • Severe pain and/or persistent muscle spasms from a spinal cord injury;
  • Severe pain and/or persistent muscle spasms from spinal cord disease;
  • Severe pain, cachexia, anorexia, weight loss, and/or severe nausea from cancer;
  • Severe pain, cachexia, anorexia, weight loss, and/or severe nausea from HIV/AIDS infection;
  • Severe pain from severe forms of arthritis; or
  • Seizures from epilepsy.

Applicants must provide a declaration from a medical practitioner to support their application.

Category 2: is for applicants who have debilitating symptom(s) of medical condition(s), other than those described in Category 1. Under Category 2, persons with debilitating symptoms can apply to obtain an Authorization to Possess dried marihuana for medical purposes, if a specialist confirms the diagnosis and that conventional treatments have failed or judged inappropriate to relieve symptoms of the medical condition. While an assessment of the applicant's case by a specialist is required, the treating physician, whether or not a specialist, can sign the medical declaration.
For more see:
CBC News Health
CBC News: Medical Marijuana Law Under Review
Vancouver Sun: How Canada's Medical Marijuana System Works
Ottawa Citizen: Most Medical Marijuana Users are Middle-Aged Men

After our discussion I'll have you work through the following questions on possession and trafficking:

1. What is the legal definition of a drug?
2. What are the elements of a charge for possession?
3. Describe two situations in which someone may be charged with possession while not physically possessing the drug.
4. What is "Intent to Possess"? Is intent necessary for a charge of possession?
5. How does the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act define trafficking?
6. What two points must the Crown prove to obtain a conviction for trafficking?
7. Who can be charged with the offence of importing and exporting narcotics?
8. Who has the onus in a trial to prove that an accused person possessed a controlled drug for the purpose of trafficking? What evidence can prove this?
9. Describe a situation in which a warrantless search for drugs would be legal. Explain why.

A Block Social Studies 11 - Today with Ms. Krahn...I’ll be starting off today by asking you to recap what you covered with Mr. Young yesterday (and if you have any questions about your Decade on a Page project before you hand it in. It’s due today!).

We’ll also discuss the Interwar Years Quiz you’ll write next week (short and sweet – multiple choice), and the idea I introduced a while back about the Dictators project.

Topics we’ll cover before heading into our WWII unit include:

Kings’s reaction to the Depression (5 cent speech); letters to Bennett as well as B’s ‘New Deal’; the On to Ottawa Trek and the Regina Riots; Government aid and the Rowell-Sirois commission; Government initiatives to protect Canadian culture (CBC and NFB), and how Canadians entertained themselves during these hard times (role of Media and sensational news stories).

We’ll look at the political parties that emerged in reaction to the harsh economic and political climate of the time: the Union Nationale, the Social Credit Party, the Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation, and we’ll briefly discuss the Canadian Nationalist Party and the National Social Christian Party (fascist factions in Canada).

We’ll watch some episodes from Canada A People’s History (The Enemies Within, Dr. Mr. Prime Minister and the End of the Line) and/or(depending on time) we’ll watch clips from the NFB animated series The Dark Ages. Good stuff!

C Block Geography 12 - Today we look at stream profiles, deltas, and floodplains. We are focusing on the erosive action of rivers along with the landforms that they create. You will need to define nickpoint, undercut bank, point bar, and slip-off slope along with copying a meandering stream profile (figure 14.15 on p.460 in the Geosystems text) and a diagram on oxbow lake formation (figure 14.16 on p.461 in the Geosystems text). Your homework is questions 17, 20, 21 & 22 from page 482 in your Geosystems text.

Diagram from William Galloway of the University of Texas

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