Thursday, November 6, 2014

Friday, November 7. 2014

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

D Block Criminology 12 - So we talked about mass and serial murder this week and I mentioned the case of Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre. Today we'll watch the Criminal Minds episode "Mimimal Loss" from season 4. In this episode, Reid and Prentiss, have gone undercover into an underground cult to investigate child abuse, and get trapped inside the compound when a federal raid on it goes bad. From A newscaster with a special news bulletin from KGMI, Channel 9, out of La Plata County, Colorado, reports they are still waiting to see what becomes of the women, children, and two FBI agents who are trapped within a Separatarian Sect at Liberty Ranch in a showdown with law enforcement. As the reporter speaks, a huge explosion can be seen engulfing the main ranch building in the background. This case has very close parallels to the 1993 David Koresh Branch Davidian disaster at Waco Texas. After a 51 day standoff with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, David Koresh and 85 of his followers died in a firey confrontation. The episode also has allusions to the plural and arranged marriages of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) - formerly under the leadership of Warren Jeffs. For this episode of Criminal Minds I'll ask you to pay attention to the profiles of both the leader (Benjamin Cyrus) and his followers. After, you'll have time to finish Wednesday's work:
  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?

C & A Blocks Social Studies 10 - Today we'll make sense of Canada losing preferential status through the abolition of the Corn Laws in 1846 and our Reciprocity Treaty of 1854 with the United States. We'll look at the development of the Grand Trunk Railway and the need for railways in Canada (think trade and defense).We'll take a look at changing attitudes in Britain (Little Englanders) and political deadlock in the 1860's (between 1849 - 1864 there were twelve governments formed). I'll have you work on a pro/con chart for Confederation and I'll also have you work on questions 3 & 5 from page 108 of the Horizons textbook.

Check out Confederation for Kids "How Canada was Formed" for more information on the topic! 

B Block Law 12 - Today we'll talk about: firearms (the Firearms Act along with non-restricted, restricted and prohibited weapons); street racing; prostitution (soliciting, procuring, and living off the avails of) and obscenity.

What is obscene? We'll look at the legal definition of "obscenity" (Criminal Code section163 subsection 8 and the community standards of tolerance test) so that we can understand the difference between the subjective and objective beliefs of obscenity. Immoral acts are distinguished from crimes on the basis of the social harm they cause. Acts that are believed to be extremely harmful to the general public are usually outlawed, whereas acts that only the harm the actor themselves are more likely to be tolerated. Acts that are illegal because they are viewed as a threat to morality are called public order crimes. If there's time, for a different case of obscenity we'll look at "Sniffy the Rat" and artist Rick Gibson. To either giggle or be horrified check out the CBC story here. Lastly I'll have you work on questions 1-5 on page 240 of the All About Law text.

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