Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thursday, April 26. 2012

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

D Block Criminology 12 - Today, we'll examine where we get our information about trends in crime (UCR, PRVS, Self-Reports). We'll look at the BC Crime trends from 1998 - 2007 and then we'll talk about the disparity (difference) between the public perception of violent crime and the actual rates of violent crime in Canada. This will set us up for our next blog entry on Monday.
UVIC Study on Violent, Property and Drug crime rates in BC

Some people think that since there is so much crime happening they feel the need to take on crime themselves. There are some costumed "super-hero" vigilantes in Seattle - members of the Rain City Superhero Movement. Check out the Seattle PI article on them here. You can see the article on "Phoenix" Jones with pictures here. You can check out the article and video from Good Morning America on Phoenix Jones broken nose here. You can watch the Young Turks video on the Rain City Superheroes here.

C Block Geography 12 - Today we'll be talking about air pollution, specifically the anthropogenic additions to our atmosphere. We will look at the effects of nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxides on human health and terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. We'll see what Tim and Moby have to say about air pollution and we'll also look at the Environment Canada Air Quality Index.
Environment Canada Air Pollution site
David Suzuki Foundation Air Pollution Site
National Public Radio site on the London "Killer Fog" of 1952
EPA website on acid rain

B Block Law 12 -  Today in Law we'll examine the court room and we'll look at the three court levels in BC (Provincial, Supreme, and Appellate). After, we'll focus on courtroom organization and then we'll discuss the roles and responsibilities of the judge, the crown prosecutor, defense counsel, the court clerk, court recorder, and sheriff. Next we'll look at the advantages of trial by jury and understand the methods and challenges to jury selection. I'll be pushing you a bit this week to get our criminal law unit finished because we need to shift our focus on to Civil Law soon. For more on juries in BC check out: BC Ministry of the Attorney General - Jury Duty

A Block Social Studies 11 - Today we'll begin with the last section of Schindler's list that we didn't get yesterday (dealing with Auschwitz). We'll then talk about the end of the war in Europe and switch our focus to the Pacific. We'll look at the Manhattan Project and the use of nuclear weapons in Japan (Hiroshima and Nagasaki). This takes us to V-J Day and the end of World War Two. You'll have a unit final quiz on Monday in class and we'll review our chapter tomorrow when we begin the atomic age and the Cold War.

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