Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Thursday, January 7. 2016

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

D Block Geography 12 - Today is a crucial day in Geography 12. First in order to help with yesterday's question about human cultures and parasitic/symbiotic relationships we'll watch Dr. Sam Ohu Gon III, speaking as Senior Scientist and Cultural Advisor to The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii

After, we will be discussing biogeochemical cycles - specifically the carbon and nitrogen cycles. We'll see what Tim and Moby have to tell us about the carbon and nitrogen cycles. We will also be discussing the flow of energy through an ecosystem (trophic layers and food webs).
It is very important that you review systems and feedback from week 1 of the course. For a great on-line text resource check out the Human Ecology textbook by Gerry Marten. For more on cycles in ecosystems check out:
Biogeochemical Cycles at Windows to the Universe
Biogeochemical Cycles at Geography 4 Kids
Biogeochemical Cycles in Michael Ritter's on line "The Physical Environment" text
Energy Flow through Ecosystems in Michael Ritter's on line "The Physical Environment" text
Trophic Pyramids and Food Webs at Physical Geography
Food Chains and Food Webs
Build a Food Web "Chain Reaction" game
McGraw Hill BC Grade 7 Science textbook animation on PCB's and Bioaccumulation

C Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today we'll add to our look at Russell Williams.

Remember Schadenfreude? Russell Williams was a heavy weight in the Canadian military. He was a powerful person who "fell from grace" which is part of what made his murders of Marie France Comeau and Jessica Lloyd a "newsworthy" crime story. But what about another person with who was completely opposite of the character to Williams. What of Rob Ford?

What is the difference between Russell Williams and Rob Ford? They both got an enormous amount of media coverage, but look at how Ford was lampooned in the media as opposed to Russell Williams. Rob Ford was treated more as comic relief as opposed to news.  CTV posted an article that claimed:

 The Rob Ford saga has received more intensive media coverage in the United States than any other Canadian news story since the turn of the century, newly released media-monitoring figures suggest. "No story in the 21st century has given Canada this much exposure," said Jean-Francois Dumas, president of the Montreal-based media monitoring firm. "It's not just the tabloids. It's not just People. It's the New York Times, the New York Post. All sorts of media covered this. It became a social phenomenon.... It's truly exceptional in terms of coverage."

Ford, of course, became internationally notorious last month when he admitted having smoked crack cocaine, "probably in one of my drunken stupors," while apologizing and insisting he's not an addict.
According to the Influence calculations, Rob Ford was mentioned in 14,385 stories on U.S. TV, radio, websites and in newspapers between Nov. 4 -- the day before his fateful admission -- and Dec. 1. Dumas said the story appeared in 75 countries and was the third most-covered story in the world on Nov. 6, while nearly 80 per cent of the foreign coverage occurred in the U.S.

I have three questions for you to answer:
  1. Do you think the news coverage of Col. Russell Williams' sentencing was too sensational? Do you think the court was right to release so much information and that the Canadian press were right to publish it all, or do you think that there is such a thing as too much information, and that there are some details we really don’t need to know? (Watch the following CBC story to help...
  2. How did the Canadian and American coverage of the Russell Williams case differ? Use the NBC Dateline episode "Conduct Unbecoming" as well as the Fifth Estate episode "Above Suspicion" as your sources of information.
  3. Why did the Rob Ford story garner so much attention in Canada and the United States? Was too much information revealed about Rob Ford's problems? Given the different socio-economic backgrounds of Williams and Ford and the different crimes they committed was the Ford case more media worthy than Williams? Why?

A Block Social Studies 10 - Today you'll have the block to work on the handout from yesterday. Remember you need to look at the push/pull factors for immigration to Canada from the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and America. You also need to assess the positive and negative impacts of the Laurier Era on people in Canada.

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