Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wednesday, March 14. 2012

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

B Block Law 12 - Today we'll look at what we didn't get to yesterday R. v. Nette (2001) and answer questions 1-4 on the case together. This case deals with "causation" and murder which helps with your homework from last night (questions 1-5 on page 221 of the All About Law text). In terms of the Nette case and causation the citation states:

A 95-year-old widow who lived alone was robbed and left bound with electrical wire on her bed with a garment around her head and neck. Sometime during the next 48 hours, she died from asphyxiation. During an RCMP undercover operation, the accused told a police officer that he had been involved in the robbery and death. The accused was charged with first degree murder under s. 231(5) of the Criminal Code -- murder while committing the offence of unlawful confinement -- and tried before a judge and jury. At trial, he claimed that he had fabricated the admission. He testified that he had gone alone to the victim’s house only with intent to break and enter, that the back door to the house was open as though someone already had broken into the home, and that he left after finding the victim already dead in her bedroom. The trial judge charged the jury on manslaughter, second degree murder and first degree murder under s. 231(5) of the Code. In response to a request from the jury that he clarify the elements of first degree murder and the “substantial cause” test, the trial judge essentially reiterated his charge. Overall, he charged that the standard of causation for manslaughter and second degree murder was that the accused’s actions must have been “more than a trivial cause” of the victim’s death while, for first degree murder under s. 231(5), the accused’s actions also must have been a “substantial cause” of her death. On two occasions, however, once in the main charge and once in the re-charge, he described the standard of causation for second degree murder as “the slight or trivial cause necessary to find second degree murder” instead of “more than a trivial cause”. The jury found the accused guilty of second degree murder and the Court of Appeal upheld that verdict. The only ground of appeal both before the Court of Appeal and this Court concerned the test of causation applicable to second degree murder.

After, we'll then move into assault, sexual assault, other sexual offences, robbery, and abduction (taking down a few notes on these crimes).

Implying death ( bodily harm or burning property (burn/destroy) *Must be believable and Must be imminent
CC 265 Assault
Any unwanted application of force against another person
Level 1 simple assault
Level 2 assault causing bodily harm
Level 3 aggravated assault
CC 273 Sexual Assault
Any unwanted sexual contact
Level 1 any touching (molestation).
Level 2 with a weapon
Level 3 aggravated (endanger life or wound/maim/disfigure)

A Block Social Studies 11 - Today with Ms. Krahn...And we’re back!

We got a bit sidetracked yesterday with a discussion about WWII. I know many of you are excited to dive right into this topic, however there’s some important stuff that happened between the two World Wars. And it’s interesting too!

Yesterday we talked about the League of Nations – why is was created, how it was effective and ineffective, and what eventually replaced it. Then we shifted our look to what the USA was up to at the time, and why the country chose to practice isolationism after the war. We also discussed what life was like for many Canadians after the war, and we watched the ‘A Painful Peace’ clip from Canada A People’s History. The topics covered included the Spanish Flu, treatment of Veterans and post-war job prospects. We ended on a discussion of a parody of ‘In Flanders Fields’ that was published in the communist newspaper The Worker. We’ll be touching on the themes of that discussion again when we look at today’s topic – The Winnipeg General Strike.

We’ll discuss the lead up to the strike – role and influence of unions, labour laws, and attitudes towards immigrants.

We will be watching a clip from Canada A People’s History, and we’ll list the key info of the event. You’ll need to know:

Collective bargaining
One Big Union
Central Strike Committee
Citizen’s Committee of One Thousand
Bloody Saturday
Riot Act
We’ll discuss the actions taken by the strikers, Citizen’s Committee and the Government, and I’ll ask you to respond to the following:

1. Grid

Actions of Government Justified (Yes/No)? Why or Why not?

Actions of Committee

Actions of strikers

2. What did the Winnipeg General Strike achieve?

You have your Counterpoints textbook (p. 50-51) and I will have a handout for you to use.

Some links to info on the strike:

Manitoba Digital History (well organized):

Manitoba Historic Site of the Day:

CBC Archives:

Canada Rights Movement:

CUPE essay (prize winner):

P.S. Those of you who missed the test yesterday will be writing it today.

C Block Geography 12 - Thank you for your effort on your test yesterday. Remember your Mt. Rainier - Orting project was due last Friday so if you have it done please hand it in to me as soon as possible. Today I'll give you some time to finish up your Koko Head Hawai'i Kai topographic map assignment (questions 1 a, b and c; question 2; questions 3 a and b; and questions 7 a and b).

After this, we're going to start our new unit on gradation. We've looked at the process of building up the land through tectonics and energy from below. Now we'll focus on breaking down the surface of the Earth and today we cover "geomorphology". We'll look at some slopes on Google Earth and then you will need to work on questions 2, 5, and 6 from page 442 in your Geosystems text. The United States Geological Survey has a good web page on Landslides here and this flash animation website from the University of Kentucky Geology department will help as well.
The Atlas of Canada has a good site on Landslides in Canada as does the Geological Survey of Canada.

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