Monday, November 27, 2017

Tuesday, November 28. 2017

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

C Block Human Geography 11 - Today we'll continue with the key question "Why Do Ethnicities Engage in Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide?" and our focus will be on Africa (Darfur and Rwanda). Today we will watch "Scream Bloody Murder" from CNN about Rwanda...

And your questions are:

  1. Give the historical background of the two rival groups in Central Africa’s countries of Rwanda and Burundi. 
  2. What is the situation in Rwanda and Burundi today? 
  3. Why might the European colonial powers have preferred to place in leadership positions members of the minority Tutsis rather than members of the majority Hutus?

D Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll continue our look at some theories about media. We'll examine Agenda Setting, Framing, the Hypodermic Needle or Magic Bullet, Cultivation, the Knowledge Gap, Uses and Gratification as well as Dependency theory.

After we'll try to connect these theories to the 48 Hours Mystery episode on the Highway of Tears. From CBS:

Since 1969, at least 18 women have gone missing or have been murdered along Canada's infamous Highway 16. Locals call it "The Highway of Tears." The Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Highway of Tears task force, Project E-PANA, consists of 13 homicide investigations and five missing peoples investigations. 

So we'll watch the episode and then I have a few things I'd like to talk with you about...We'll try to understand how media reports crime and try to take a theoretical perspective on the show and why it was made the way that it was presented to the audience. I have three questions for you to work on (and I'll give you time to work on them today):

  1. What main story do you think Investigative Reporters Bob Friel and Peter Van Zant wanted to tell?
  2. Why did the show focus on Madison Scott first, Loren Leslie next and then the victims along the Highway of Tears afterwards?
  3. Why do you think the producers and editors framed the story the way that they did?
For some more recent coverage check out the CBC Virtual Reality documentary on Ramona Wilson and the Highway of Tears...
or Vice TV's Searchers: The Highway of Tears

or Al Jazeera

or How Stuff Works on the Highway of Tears

or if you get VICELAND as a television channel there is a great show called WOMAN and there is an episode on murdered and missing Aboriginal women; here's a preview:

Highway of Tears from Natanael Johansson on Vimeo.

And of course don't forget the REDress project

B Block Physical Geography 12 - In order to understand the Coriolis force, we'll watch the Simpsons episode Bart vs Australia .

After we find out that in the country Rand McNally water travels backwards, people wear hats on their feet, and hamburgers eat people...we will really make sense of the Coriolis force. Let's get this out of the way right now...No, toilets are not affected by the Coriolis force, but both meso (middle scale) and macro (large scale) scale weather patterns are.

After we will look at winds and pressure circulations. We'll understand where the permanent areas of high and low pressure are on the planet and figure out what that means for a macro-scale pressure gradient wind pattern. We'll try to understand what the Coriolis force is and see how it affects wind. We'll also talk about the Horse Latitudes, the Bermuda Triangle, and the Doldrums. You will need to complete question 1 from page 176 and questions 9 & 15 from page 177 of your Geosystems textbook.

Don't forget that every day we are going to start by looking at the synoptic forecast along with weather maps.
Data Streme
Envrionment Canada: Weather Office Comox

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