Monday, October 21, 2013

Tuesday, October 22. 2013

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

C Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll look at White Collar Crime. We will begin with life skills by learning how to identify a pyramid / ponzi scam (for more take a look at How Stuff Works). After, we'll quickly look at individual exploitation of an institutional position, influence peddling & bribery, theft and employee fraud, client fraud and corporate crime. You'll be introduced to Edwin H. Sutherland's Differential Association Theory (he introduced the concept "white collar crime"). We'll see what we can find on the Internet about white collar crime....spoil alert LOTS!

National Check Fraud Center
Robert O. Keel White Collar Crime
Canadian Encyclopedia White Collar Crime
Federal Bureau of Investigation White Collar Crime Division
Understanding White Collar Crime
News Stories of White Collar Crime

After, if there's time, we'll watch some Chapters from the movie "The Corporation". Please do not forget that the documentary is an opinion is trying to persuade you that a corporation acts like a psychopath. Not all business is bad but we do need to understand the "corporate view" of white collar criminal activity.

D 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 complete the following questions:

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 Law 9/10 - Today I'll have you finish up your work on questions 1, 3, 4, & 5 on page 97 of your All About Law text. After a bit we'll look at warrants through both the R. v. Wise (1992) and R. v. Ruiz (1991) cases along with the "plain view" principle. If there's time we'll also look at release procedures and habeas corpus along with disclosure, preliminary hearings, pre-trial motions, and plea bargaining.

B Block Social Studies 10 - Today we're beginning prep work on a Rebellions Editorial activity. After we've taken attendance and logged on to the computers in the library read through the following description of your activity:

You are a newspaper editor for either the Toronto Telegraph or the Montreal Gazette. It is 1848; Mackenzie has been pardoned and is living in Toronto again while Papineau is exiled and living in France. You are going to write an editorial (opinion piece) on the rebellions of both Upper and Lower Canada. Write a one paged editorial arguing that the rebels were either justified in their actions or were traitors to the King and England. Remember it is 1848, eight years after the Act of Union and responsible government has been achieved in the colony of Canada.

You'll have today in class along with tomorrow and Thursday in the library to work on this activity. This is a project mark so it would be wise not to waste your time or blow this assignment off (especially considering the end of the term looms nigh!) Look here for more:
William Lyon Mackenzie
Durham's Act of Union
Musee McCord Museum "The Aftermath of the Rebellions flash movie
Early Toronto Newspapers
Township Heritage
1837/8 Patriot War

So rough copy today...word processing and old timey prettifying in the library tomorrow and Thursday.

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