Sunday, November 1, 2015

Monday, November 2. 2015

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

A Block Social Studies 10 - Today we'll look at 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). 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. After, we'll focus on the Fenian Raids led by John O'Mahony and Michael Murphy. 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.

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

C Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll be in the library where I'd like you to do two things: 1. finish any missing blog entries that you have yet to complete for assessment...a Reminder that the blog topics are:
Blog #7 Auto Theft
Blog # 6 Sexual Assault & Hypermasculinity
Blog # 5 Serial and Mass Murder (Olson and Lepine)
Blog # 4 Short & Long term Impacts of Crime Victims
Blog # 3 Is School a Dangerous place for young people
Blog # 2 Drug Crime Trends and Rates for BC
Blog # 1 Personal Theory of Crime

if you're done then 2. watch the first eight sections of the movie "The Corporation". You will need to work on the following questions:

  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?  
  4. Recall 10 or more brands, their logos, their jingles, slogans, and any memory of the product (think Nike = swoosh = "just do it"). Do you know who owns the brand? What is your perception of this "brand"?
  5. According to individuals interviewed in The Corporation, the problem is with the corporations themselves, not necessarily with the people who run them. What evidence does the film use to make this point? Do you agree or disagree? Explain using examples from the film.
  6. The documentary raises important questions about ethics and personal responsibility. One of the fundamental messages in the film is that corporations are irresponsible because in an attempt to satisfy corporate goals, everyone else is put at risk. To what extent is a person responsible for what they do even when within a company? Is a person morally culpable for their actions when satisfying the goal of profit within a corporation? Why or why not?

For more on the movie go to the official site here

D Block Geography 12 - Today we're continuing our look at water by focusing on coastal processes and landforms. We will look at how water erodes, shapes, and creates coastal landscapes by focusing on long shore current & drift. We'll analyze the differences between an erosional and depositional coastline and try to make sense of the hazards of living along depositional coastlines (think Cape Hatteras, North Carolina). For additional information and help on questions 8, 11, 13, & 14 in your Geosystems text go to:

University of Regina Geomorphology Class notes
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Geomorphology from space site
USGS Coastal & Marine Geology program
NOAA: Pressures on Coastal Environments

There's a great article on the dangers of people moving to coastlines at EARTH magazine here.

There's a great web page on the Graveyard of the Atlantic: Sable Island Nova Scotia. Check out more on Sable Island here or here (from the basement geographer)

You can also find some very good before-after photos of the destruction caused to coastal landforms and human infrastructure by Hurricane Sandy at the CBC here or the Weather Channel here

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