Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Thursday, June 2. 2016

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

Home of Galician (Ukranian) settlers, Rosthern, SK, about 1910
D & B Blocks Social Studies 10 -  Today we'll look at the challenges that "minorities" faced in Canada in the 1800's. We'll look at examples of racism both in terms of government & immigration policy and racism as a culture amongst the people of the country. Consider this from the Canadian Encyclopedia...On August 12, 1911 the Laurier government drafted and approved a remarkable document (although it was not enacted as law). The proposed Order in Council read:

For a period of one year from and after the date hereof the landing in Canada shall be [sic] and the same is prohibited of any immigrants belonging to the Negro race, which race is deemed unsuitable to the climate and requirements of Canada

Not so nice! So who did we want? Again the Canadian Encyclopedia claims that, Clifford Sifton and his immigration authorities balanced their ethnic anxieties against a frantic search for settlers. They listed ideal settlers in a descending preference. British and American agriculturalists were followed by French, Belgians, Dutch, Scandinavians, Swiss, Finns, Russians, Austro-Hungarians, Germans, Ukrainians and Poles. Close to the bottom of the list came those who were, in both the public and the government's minds, less desirable, e.g., Italians, South Slavs, Greeks and Syrians (Think about that in terms of current times and government policy!). At the very bottom came Jews, Asians, Roma people and Black persons.

We'll talk about the Komagata Maru and the Continuous Passage Act (Sikh); the Head Tax and eventual Chinese Exclusion Act (Chinese); the banning of the Potlatch, residential schools and cut-off lands (Aboriginal); the Vancouver Riot of 1907, the government limitation of 400 Japanese immigrants per year and the Asiatic Exclusion League (Japanese); and the Immigration Act of 1910, which gave the Cabinet the authority to exclude “immigrants belonging to any race deemed unsuited to the climate or requirements of Canada.” (see the African American comment above).

You'll get a worksheet that asks you to:
  1. work on the push/pull factors for immigration to Canada from the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and America and
  2. assess the positive and negative impacts of the Laurier Era on people in Canada.

C Block Law 12 - Today we'll be in the class watching the documentary Hot Coffee. Seinfeld mocked it. Letterman ranked it in his top ten list. And more than fifteen years later, its infamy continues. Everyone knows the McDonald’s coffee case. It has been routinely cited as an example of how citizens have taken advantage of America’s legal system, but is that a fair rendition of the facts? Hot Coffee reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque woman who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring how and why the case garnered so much media attention, who funded the effort and to what end. After seeing this film, you will decide who really profited from spilling hot coffee. We'll watch the first 36 minutes of the movie and then you have the rest of the class to work on your Civil Law project.

Your textbook states: Many Canadians regard civil suits like Stella Liebeck’s as frivolous (silly or wasteful). What do you think? I'll ask you that question after we watch the documentary.

Consider this story...An Ohio man, Arnold Black, a 48-year-old black man from Maple Heights, sued East Cleveland after he was stopped by police in 2012 for suspected drug activity, handcuffed, left locked in a closet for four days without food, water or access to a bathroom and beaten so severely that he suffered memory loss and required brain surgery was awarded $22 million in court.

Or this story where a B.C. judge has awarded a disabled 16-year-old more than $5.2 million in damages after finding her cerebral palsy was the result of the failures of a nurse and doctor involved in her delivery.

A Block Criminology 12 - Today we will continue our look at property crime and theft. We'll continue our focus on shoplifting and you'll need to work the following:

You work for the Retail Council of Canada and have been hired to create a poster campaign about shoplifting. The poster campaign has two purposes:

  1. To help employees identify people who are shoplifting and
  2. To explain how to reduce shoplifting in stores (target hardening and target removal strategies)

Look at yesterday's blog post and pages 228-229 in the CRIM text for help.

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