Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Wednesday, April 12. 2017

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

B Block Law 12 - Today in Law we'll look at driving infractions. We'll find out what the Criminal Code says a "vehicle" is and what a public space is in relation to impaired driving, including the very important legal concept of "care or control". For more on the revised drinking and driving laws in BC check out the Road Rules blog.

Currently, it is a Criminal Code offence to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of over 0.08 (80 mg alcohol per 100 ml of blood). Every province, except Quebec, has introduced supplementary laws that allow police to impound vehicles, suspend licences and apply other administrative sanctions against drivers whose blood alcohol levels don’t quite reach the criminal threshold, but fall in the “warning” range of 0.05 to 0.08. In BC, under the 2010 amended BC Motor Vehicle Act, blowing over the blood alcohol level of .05 leads to an immediate—at the roadside—3-day loss of your driver’s licence, a $200 administrative penalty, a $250 licence reinstatement fee and, for repeat offenders, escalating consequences. Despite years of public messaging about the dangers of drinking and driving, Canada ranks No. 1 among 19 wealthy countries for percentage of roadway deaths linked to alcohol impairment.

CC 253 (1) Every one commits an offence who operates a motor vehicle or vessel or operates or assists in the operation of an aircraft or of railway equipment or has the care or control of a motor vehicle, vessel, aircraft or railway equipment, whether it is in motion or not,

(a) while the person’s ability to operate the vehicle, vessel, aircraft or railway equipment is impaired by alcohol or a drug; or

(b) having consumed alcohol in such a quantity that the concentration in the person’s blood exceeds eighty milligrams of alcohol in one hundred millilitres of blood.

CC 255 (1) Every one who commits an offence under section 253 or 254 is guilty of an indictable offence or an offence punishable on summary conviction and is liable,

(a) whether the offence is prosecuted by indictment or punishable on summary conviction, to the following minimum punishment, namely,
(i) for a first offence, to a fine of not less than $1,000,
(ii) for a second offence, to imprisonment for not less than 30 days, and
(iii) for each subsequent offence, to imprisonment for not less than 120 days;
(b) where the offence is prosecuted by indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; and
(c) if the offence is punishable on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term of not more than 18 months.

Impaired driving causing bodily harm

(2) Everyone who commits an offence under paragraph 253(1)(a) and causes bodily harm to another person as a result is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than 10 years.

Impaired driving causing death

(3) Everyone who commits an offence under paragraph 253(1)(a) and causes the death of another person as a result is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life.

We'll look at Fines and points for B.C. traffic offences as well as the Driver Penalty Point premium in BC.

A Block Introduction to Law 9/10 - Today we'll look at the advantages of trial by jury and understand the methods and challenges to jury selection. After we'll focus on the presentation of evidence (Crown first then Defence), the rules of evidence (including voire dire), and types of evidence (circumstantial, hearsay, privileged, and character). I'll have you finish your work on questions 1, 3, 4, and 5 on page 90 and questions 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 on page 97 of your All About Law text. For more on juries in BC check out Justice BC - What is Jury Duty?

D Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll look at gangs and gang activity in Canada. I will show you a History Channel show called Gangland. The episode I'd like to show you is from season three and it's called "To Torture or to Kill". This episode is about "Los Zetas" and the drug corridor along the Nuevo Laredo - Texas border. Miguel TreviƱo Morales, alias "Z-40," the leader of Los Zetas was captured an arrested in July 2013 however los Zetas still survive (as does Sinaloa and others).
Economist - Mexican Drug War
InSight Crime Los Zetas
CNN Mexican "Drug War" fast facts
National Post Los Zetas Trevino Morales

You can watch the Gangland documentary in class, on the link here or watch it below...

C Block Social Studies 11 - Today we're back in the library for the last day of research for your World War 1 Inquiry project. Don't forget the guided inquiry question you need to frame your research around is:

What effect did (Your selected topic) in the First World War have on Canadian society and its status as a nation?

You’ll need to find specific primary source data that will help explain or show the impact your selected topic had on Canada using:

1. Original Documents (excerpts or translations acceptable): Diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, maps, official records -OR-
2. Creative Works: Poetry, drama, novels, music, art

Look at yesterday's blog for online resources and don't forget the library has these things called books...they're full of information and stuff that can help you. Don't forget a sources cited list using APA formatting (check out BibMe or Citation Machine or Concordia University's citation guide)

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