Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thursday, March 22. 2012

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

C Block Geography 12 - Today we're looking at streams and drainage basins. You'll need to work on a few definitions, a diagram, and questions 1, 3, 10, 11, and 12 from page 481 in your Geosystems textbook. A map of Canada's drainage basins can be found here and the Canadian Atlas online has a great section on drainage basins too. Notes on these topics can be found here. We'll look at this topic next week when we take our walk along the Tsolum River so try to remember what we look at when working through this work. In order to understand streams we'll watch a Bill Nye the Science Guy episode on the topic - Rivers & Streams (#209). Splash down a rapid river with Bill Nye the Science Guy and explore how ecosystems work and why they are important to our environment. From waterfalls and dams, to the depths of the Grand Canyon, this is one wet and wild ride. This week's music video showcases the Talking Headwaters singing "Take Me to the River."

B Block Law 12 - Today, before we get to our discussion on the drug laws in Canada, I'll give you a bit of time to work through yesterday's work. I'll have you answer questions 3 & 4 from page 244 on Terrorism. A note about terrorism from the Stratfor website...

By design, terrorist attacks are intended to have a psychological impact far outweighing the physical damage the attack causes. As their name suggests, they are meant to cause terror that amplifies the actual attack. A target population responding to a terrorist attack with panic and hysteria allows the perpetrators to obtain a maximum return on their physical effort. One way to mitigate the psychological impact of terrorism is to remove the mystique and hype associated with it. The first step in this demystification is recognizing that terrorism is a tactic used by a variety of actors and that it will not go away. Terrorism and, more broadly, violence are and will remain part of the human condition. The Chinese, for example, did not build the Great Wall to attract tourists, but to keep out marauding hordes. Fortunately, today's terrorists are far less dangerous to society than the Mongols were to Ming China.

For more on this read Keeping Terrorism in Perspective at Stratfor

After, we'll begin our look at the Controlled Drug and Substances Act in Canada. We'll examine the legal definition of a "drug" (with the LeDain Commission explanation) and discuss what depressants, stimulants, and hallucinogens are. We'll examine schedules I - VIII in the act that prohibit and restrict substances (Opium Poppy, Coca, Cannabis, Amphetamines, Barbiturates, Anabolic Steroids, and a host of others that I can not spell or pronounce). You'll have four questions to complete:

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?

After this, I'll have you get together with a partner and work on the R. v. Parker, 2000 case from the text. I'll expect that you will be able to discuss the questions (1-4) on the case and have a conversation about medical marijuana together and with the class as a whole.

A Block Social Studies 11 - Today with Ms. Krahn...we’ll pick up where we left off yesterday with the overuse of credit for purchasing of stocks, and how this practice lead to the mighty crash of 1929.

Next we’ll shift our view to the effect the depression had on Canadian society, and how the government responded to these hard times. We’ll watch the Canada: A People’s History episode Descent Into Chaos, and I’ll have you take a look at the Using Statistics in History questions 1 a, b, 3, and 4 from page 81 in the Counterpoints text in order to see the impacts of the Great Depression on the Prairies in 1932 and 1933.

If there’s time, we’ll also look at the political parties that emerged in reaction to the harsh economic and political climate of the time. We will look at the Union Nationale, the Social Credit Party and the Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation.
We’ll look at these tomorrow if we don’t get to today, since you will have the last 15-20 minutes of class to review your Decade on a Page assignment with a classmate. Do your best to give your classmates feedback that will help them with their project.
I’ll ask you to start by answering the following questions:

1. What do you like about it?
2. Is there anything you would like to see more of/less of?
3. Are there any resources (for information) you might be able to share?

Remember, the Decade projects are due Friday (tomorrow!)

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