Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Thursday, December 12. 2013

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

D Block Law 12 - Today we'll start by looking at commercial and social hosts. After, we have the notebooks to work through the case study project. Please take some time to review invitees, licencees, and tresspassers for occupiers' liability (which is relevant for cases 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 8). You can talk to each other as long as it’s about your project. You should be searching for information related to your cases and can use this class blogsite entry for information on negligence, the defences to negligence, civil damages, Good Samaritan , occupiers' liability, the Liquor control and Licensing Act and damages last Friday.

C Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today we'll look at the last grouping of our theories-  Social Conflict Theories - all of these theories share the notion that society is characterized by inherent conflict between different groups and that law is a reflection of this perennial strife. These theories are heavily influenced by the ideas of Karl Marx and in many ways they indicate that the system...not the individual is broken. So the question I'd like you to work on today is the following:  Is conflict inevitable in all cultures? If not, what can be done to reduce the level of conflict in our own society?
You have the rest of the block to finish the three questions from this week, your individual project on the institutional influences on your life and the group project on school cliques. I need all of this work today.

B Block Social Studies 10 - Today we'll talk about some of the people who came to B.C. that weren't British. We'll look at the Kanakas (kānaka ʻōiwi or kānaka maoli) who were Hawaiian workers with the Hudson's Bay Company of whom many married First Nations women especially the Nlaka' pamux - Thompson River Salish - people. The name "Kanaka" did not have a negative connotation, however the Chinese labourers here in B.C. were called "Coolies" and that clearly was not used as a friendly term. The word Coolie comes from the Cantonese (Gu Lei) which refers to an Asian slave.  Many Chinese immigrants arrived after the California Gold Rush but the largest influx (about 15,000) came to build the Canadian Pacific Railway. From California, in 1858, arrived the steamship Commodore which carried a large population of African Americans at the behest of Governor Douglas. By the end of that summer over 800 African Americans resided in the Vancouver Island colony. We'll also look at the development of Vancouver (Gastown - named after the areas first saloon owner "Gassy" Jack Deighton and Moodyville - named after sawmill owner Sewell Prescott Moody). I have one question for you:

Which immigrant group was most influential In the development of British Columbia? Provide evidence from the textbook and consider the influence of each group on the economy, the culture and people's everyday lives.

After you have a chance to finish your work on 'Ole Bill Coot - cut, colour and glue because tomorrow it's due.

A Block Criminology 12 - OK so we know where violence comes from. We know what homicide is, the divisions of murder and why people do it. Today we'll look at hate crimes, robbery and terrorism. I'll have you work on the following questions:

  1. Despite cultural awareness and various initiatives in schools and in the media, hate crimes continue to happen in significant numbers in Canada. Discuss the types of hate crimes most prevalent in Canada and the current responses to them. 
  2. Governments have tried numerous responses to terrorism. Discuss some of these responses. 
  3. It is unlikely that the threat of punishment can deter robbery; most robbers refuse to think about apprehension and punishment. Wright and Decker suggest that eliminating cash and relying on debit and credit cards may be the most productive method to reduce the incidence of robbery. Although this seems far-fetched, society is becoming progressively more cashless; it is now possible to buy both gas and groceries with credit cards. Would a cashless society end the threat of robbery, or would innovative robbers find new targets?
  4. Based on what you know about how robbers target victims, how can you better protect yourself from robbery? 
A note about terrorism from the Stratfor website...

By design, terrorist attacks are intended to have a psychological impact far outweighing the physical damage the attack causes. As their name suggests, they are meant to cause terror that amplifies the actual attack. A target population responding to a terrorist attack with panic and hysteria allows the perpetrators to obtain a maximum return on their physical effort. One way to mitigate the psychological impact of terrorism is to remove the mystique and hype associated with it. The first step in this demystification is recognizing that terrorism is a tactic used by a variety of actors and that it will not go away. Terrorism and, more broadly, violence are and will remain part of the human condition. The Chinese, for example, did not build the Great Wall to attract tourists, but to keep out marauding hordes. Fortunately, today's terrorists are far less dangerous to society than the Mongols were to Ming China.
For more on this read Keeping Terrorism in Perspective at Stratfor

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