Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wednesday, January 22. 2013

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

B Block Social Studies 10 - Today we are in the library for your next day of research on your family history assignment. Remember, your task is to research your family history, which includes learning how to conduct academic research, making critical evaluations regarding sources, and managing information. Please remember that I want you to focus on the context of history- did your ancestor fight in the war of 1812? What was life like for farmers during early settlement of the west? Why do you have American relatives? Use the primary documents and stories you find to uncover what daily life might have been like for your relatives.

I really liked hearing about what some of you discovered...keep digging around you may not know what you find.

A Block Criminology 12 - To start the class today we'll have our last quiz in the course (on property and white collar crime). After that I'll give you a bit of time to finish up yesterday's questions about the corporate culture view and criminal activity. Lastly, we'll start a quick look at organized crime, which 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). 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

D Block Law 12 - Today we're back in the class to finish up family law as a subject. Our focus for the day will be on support and we'll look at the Federal Child Support Guidelines (schedules/tables) and BC's Family Maintenance Enforcement Act. This gets us to the end of our family law unit and we'll begin a review for next week's final exam.

C Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today we'll start with presenting our ideas from yesterday's class on violence and its portrayal in the Mass Media. After this, we'll look at how property crimes are presented in the Mass Media - again focusing on the difference between the presentation of that ordinary and the extraordinary. We'll look at street and suite property crimes and figure out which gets the bigger play in the media. We'll watch the "To Catch a Con Man" Dateline episode. Through hidden camera investigations, the investigators identify and attempt to detain con men who attempt to extract money from victims in advance fee fraud scams. 419 scams are called so because the section of the Nigerian Criminal Code that makes it illegal to obtain money under false pretences is section 419. Millions of Americans and Europeans are being targeted by scammers from Nigeria with very few being arrested or suffering any consequences.

419 is a modern day version of the 1500's Spanish Prisoner con when after the English defeated the Spanish armada in 1588-89, there were still a lot of English sailors who didn’t make it home. Letters began arriving to wealthy English families using the same idea, "if you can give me a small amount of money, then I can free this English prisoner.” In the same way then as today, the con man keeps squeezing more money and eventually begins threatening the victim. Canadian author Will Ferguson received the Giller Prize this year for his book 419 - the tale of an email scam and a woman who sets out on a wide-ranging search for those she believes responsible for her father's death.

After watching the episode I'll have you answer the following:

Phishing and Scamming are two high profile property crimes that have received a great deal of media attention Why?

Use the following:

Top Scams of 2012 (Global TV Calgary)

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