Sunday, November 24, 2013

Monday, November 25. 2013

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

A Block Criminology 12 - Today we will be in the library working on our next journal / blog entry. We'll learn more about crime trends this week, however, in case you didn't know violent and property crime patterns are generally decreasing in Canada.The one area that is on the rise is drug possession, trafficking, importing, and exporting (specifically possession of marijuana - up 4% since 2002 - and cocaine - up 19% since 2002 see Stats Can CSI here). In addition to this Stats Can states, "British Columbia has consistently had a relatively high rate of police-reported drug offences. Regardless of the type of drug or the type of offence, the rates of drug crime in British Columbia have been among the highest in Canada for 30 years. In 2007, the total drug crime rate in this province (654 incidents per 100,000 population) was more than double the rate in Saskatchewan, the next highest province. In accordance with the province as a whole, relatively high rates of drug offences are found in the census metropolitan areas (CMA) of Vancouver, Victoria and Abbotsford. Along with Trois-Rivières and Gatineau, these cities have reported the highest rates in Canada for the past five years. The rates in Vancouver and Victoria have been among the highest in the country since 1991".

So on your blog I'll need you to write your thoughts on the following: Why has British Columbia consistently had high rates of police reported drug offences? Use what you've learned about crime theories, your own thoughts on crime theories to answer why. Once you've done this, then find an article about a recent drug crime here in B.C., make a link to the news article on your blogsite and then write how crime theories explain the crime. An excellent crime news website is the CANOE CNews Crime the bottom of the Crime Headlines section there is an excellent archive of three months of crime stories for you to use. Don't forget that you have your first quiz in Criminology tomorrow. It is on the history of Criminology work from week 1 & 2.

B Block Social Studies 10 - We'll finish our look at Manitoba's entry as a province (not a territory) into Confederation. We'll see the influence of the Metis Bill of Rights on the terms of entry (Manitoba Act, 1870) and the reaction to Riel's handling of Thomas Scott. You'll have time to finish your work from Friday and get it to me  because you have a test coming up on Confederation and Manitoba's entry in 1870.

C Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today we're back in the library working on the collaborize classroom site. Just a reminder, when posting on the site it is important to identify yourself with something other than your "handle"...slim, smoidawg, imreadytogo66, jds55, bigmuzzy laundry. I really appreciate that you're willing to post in the on line class but remember "Use each other's names" and "Avoid slang and sarcasm". Now for today I'd like you to do two things:

1. If you didn't get to it last week, answer the post What are your opinions of crime and the Canadian criminal justice system? and...

2. I'd like you to find as much as you can on the "Highway of Tears" in northern British Columbia; this is Highway 16 where some people believe that there is a serial killer at work. Tomorrow we'll be watching the CBS 48 Hours Mystery "Highway of Tears". So in preparation for watching the video and seeing how the CBS news documentary chooses to cover the story I'd like you to find out what national (CBC, CTV, Global, APTN, National Post, Globe and Mail), provincial (Vancouver Sun and the Province) and local (Prince George Citizen) coverage says about the story. You'll need to do some digging as the first ten or so pages on a google search will be about the CBS News 48 Hours documentary or about suspect Bobby Jack Fowler. So work hard, dig deep and on the the collaborize classroom site in the "Highway of Tears" thread tell me what you find out about the media's coverage of the highway of tears.

D Block Law 12 - Today we'll finish our look at Criminal Law by shifting into sentencing. We'll look at the objectives of sentencing (deterrence, retribution, rehabilitation, re socialization, and segregation). You will need to answer the following questions:
  1. Define: absolute discharge, conditional discharge, probation, mitigating circumstances, aggravating circumstances, suspended sentence, concurrent sentence, consecutive sentence, intermittent sentence, indeterminate sentence, parole, day parole, statutory release, pardon, restorative justice, sentencing circle, closed custody, and open custody
  2. Questions: page 298 Review Your Understanding questions 2 & 3; page 301 Review Your Understanding question 1; page 309 Review Your Understanding question 5; page 314 Review Your Understanding question 1; and page 315 Review Your Understanding questions 1, 2, and 3
We'll be finished our Criminal Law unit tomorrow and then later this week we'll begin looking at Civil Law and Civil procedures. I'll have your final project ready for you by no later than next Monday. You'll have a Criminal Law quiz this Thursday. The questions from Friday and today are due by the end of tomorrow's class

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