Monday, October 28, 2013

Tuesday, October 29. 2013

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

C Block Criminology 12 - Today you will get a handout on Organized crime (aboriginal crime groups, cartels, ethnic crime groups, and outlaw motorcycle gangs) and will need to explain the activities of each group: What do they do? How do they do it? What do they control? Where are they based in Canada? Organized crime by nature (according to Howard Abadinsky) is monopolistic (in other words organized crime groups want to have a monopoly over a specific geographic area for the illicit activity they wish to pursue). Your answers to the question of organized crime in Canada need to be completed by the end of the class (Note: use the section in your text to help as well). For more stories about organized crime (especially a particularly interesting court case in Ontario and Manitoba involving the Bandidos) see:
CANOE Crime News Archive
RCMP Gazette: Street Gangs in Canada
CBC News: Biker Gangs in Canada
Prime Time Crime: Gangs in Canada
RCMP Watch: Asian Gangs in Canada
Criminal Intelligence Service Canada: Street Gang Activity

...Don't forget to hand in work from last Wednesday: 
  1. Should corporate executives be found guilty of murder if they fail to take reasonable measures to protect their staff and an employee subsequently dies?
  2. Is it fair to blame a single executive for the activities of a company that has thousands of employees?
  3. Can Corporations Commit Murder? If a corporation is considered as a person in law (as it is in the US) who can be held liable (responsible) if a corporation kills people? 

D Block Law 12 - Today in Law we'll look at driving infractions. We'll find out what the Criminal Code says a "vehicle" is and what a public space is in relation to impaired driving, including the very important legal concept of "care or control". In relation to this I'll have you and a partner look through R. v. Decker, 2002 and we'll discuss question 1-4 as a class. To end the class I'll have you work on questions 2-3-4 on page 257 of the text. For more on the new drinking and driving laws in BC check out the Road Rules blog.

B Block Social Studies 10 - Today we will begin looking at the six factors that led to Confederation in 1867. We'll start with the Civil War in the US, Manifest Destiny, and the Alaska Purchase of 1867. We'll watch two BrainPop! videos (causes of the Civil War and the Civil War) to understand this tragic event in American history. More importantly we will try to understand the impact of the Civil War on British North America. This gets us to the beginning of our unit on Canadian Confederation.

After we will develop a mind map of the six factors that led Canada into Confederation. These are a complex set of problems that are interconnected and just imagine how difficult it would be for the founding fathers to solve them (U.S. expansionism, Transportation problems, Fenians, Political Deadlock, Changing British Attitudes, and Economic problems).

As I mentioned above, we'll take a look again at the US Civil War (1861-1865) and the postwar "Reconstruction" (including the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the US Constitution) and expansion westwards. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution declared that "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude...shall exist within the United States." Formally abolishing slavery in the United States, the 13th Amendment was passed by the Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified by the states on December 6, 1865. Check out Confederation for Kids "How Canada was Formed" for more information on the topic. Also, take a look at:
PBS Ken Burns' The Civil War
John L. O'Sullivan on Manifest Destiny in 1839
Manifest Destiny
US-Mexican War Manifest Destiny
Alaska Purchase

A Block Law 9/10 -
Today we begin our look at courts and trial procedures. We'll look at the three court levels in BC (Provincial, Supreme, and Appellate) then 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.

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