Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Thursday, April 28. 2016

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

D Block Social Studies 10 - Okay, so today we'll really get to the stuff we haven't for the last two days...specifically Canada: A People's History episodes "If We are Rebels"; "War is Upon Us"; and "A Single Act of Severity" and the five questions you need to answer are:

  1. Who were the National Committee of the Metis and what were their goals?
  2. Who was William McDougall and what conflict did he get involved in at the Red River?
  3. What is a "provisional government" and why did Riel establish one?
  4. What was the Metis Bill of Rights (list out the 5 points the text addresses). Was this Bill reasonable? Why or why not?
  5. What was the Thomas Scott affair? How did it affect both the Metis and the settlers in the Red River? How did the Canadian government respond?   

C Block Law 12 - Today with Mr. Elliott...we look at criminal defenses: Intoxication and Automatism. We will begins with an examination of the case involving RCMP member MontyRobinson and the defense he presented. We will then move on to intoxication in general and the ways it can be used as a defense or a mitigating factor in sentencing. If we have time we will look at automatism as well.

B Block Social Studies 10 - Today with Mr. Elliott...we will watch an episode from the CBC 8th Fire series as a wrap up to our discussion of Aboriginal history and conflicts. Remember Friday is the end of Mr. Elliott's practicum so if you have any work you still need to hand in... DO IT NOW!

A Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll start with a look at the BC Crime trends from 1998 - 2007 and then we'll talk about the disparity (difference) between the public perception of violent crime and the actual rates of violent crime in Canada...hint take a look to the left. The crime data indicate that rates have declined significantly in the past few years and are now far less than they were a decade ago. Suspected causes for the crime rate drop include an increasing prison population, more police on the street, the end of the crack epidemic and the age structure of society. The data sources show relatively stable patterns in the crime rate. Ecological patterns show that crime varies by season and by urban versus rural environment, however there is evidence of gender patterns in the crime rate: Men commit more crime than women. Age is one of the largest influences on crime; young people commit more crime than the elderly (and there are fewer young people in society). Crime data show that people commit less crime as they age, but the significance and cause of this pattern are still not completely understood. Similarly, racial and class patterns appear in the crime rate. However, it is still unclear whether these are true differences or a function of discriminatory law enforcement.

Some people think that since there is so much crime happening they feel the need to take on crime themselves. There are some costumed "super-hero" vigilantes in Seattle - members of the Rain City Superhero Movement. Check out the Seattle PI article on them here. You can check out the article and video from Good Morning America on Phoenix Jones broken nose here. You can watch the Young Turks video on the Rain City Superheroes here.

And the full doc can be seen here...

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