Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Thursday, January 18. 2018

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

D Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll look at race and ethnicity connected to moral panics and crime waves. American and Canadian social histories are littered with the rise and fall of drug panics. From marijuana, heroin, alcohol and crack, varying levels of moral outrage and repression have been thrown at those blamed for "the sweet pill that makes life better". If you look historically, media depictions of crack are most often associated with African Americans (blacks) and violent crime, while methamphetamine is most commonly associated with Caucasians (whites) and is framed as a "public health problem". As you can see, the "depravity" of a "ghetto drug" like crack, and the creeping of meth into the ‘‘mainstream’’ belie racial stereotypes of black and white in North America. Meth brings the depravity of urban drug panics to new spaces. The next Racial Moral Panic and Crime Wave? Mexican Drug Cartels flooding Meth into White Suburban USA. So how is this portrayed in Crime Media, Walter White?

48 Hours Mystery aired an episode titled "The Curse of Small Town U.S.A". The description from their website reads like this:

Methamphetamine is a powerful, cheap drug and it is a growing problem in some surprising parts of America. Unlike crack cocaine, which primarily targeted the inner-city during its reign of terror in the 1980's, crank is making it's mark in Small Town, U.S.A. The drug's users range from middle class and well-educated people to teens -- even mothers who have passed on their addictions to their babies. One of the reasons crank is growing so quickly is that methamphetamine is easily produced in makeshift labs from inexpensive raw materials. In addition, users experience a "high" lasting up to 30 hours -- much longer than many other drugs. "Methamphetamine may be the worst drug ever to hit America," says retired General Barry McAffrey, the nation's Drug Czar. "It's expanding in a very bizarre manner. It's all over the Midwest. It's in Idaho, Arizona, Hawaii, San Francisco, Southern California. It's now showing up in Georgia." Crank's explosive growth is being fueled by mass production labs run by Mexican nationals. Authorities say they produce up to 95% of the crank on America's streets. CBS News 48 Hours took a close look at methamphetamine on Thursday, and found a drug that threatens to tear apart the lives of countless Americans. Could your community be at risk?

So we'll watch parts of the 1990's 48 Hours episode "On Crack Street"

and then we'll watch the Discovery Channel documentary American Underworld: Homemade Illegal Drugs"

So after watching today's videos I'll ask you to answer the following:
  • What messages about race and drug use do the videos show? (think about who uses meth, who makes meth, and who sells it).

C Block Human Geography 11 - Today we'll look at Latin American city models and discuss the "elite spine" and squatter settlements.

You have some questions to complete for me:

  1. Describe the elite spine sector developed in Latin American cities.
  2. What are the causes of squatter settlement?
  3. Define squatter settlements.
  4. Describe services and amenities in a typical squatter settlement.
  5. Cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America resemble European cities in their structure.  This is not a coincidence because….
  6. Draw and label a sketch of a “pre-colonial city”

B Block Physical Geography 12 - Today you have a unit final on weather, climate and ecosystems and if you came prepared, I am certain that you will have done well...No problems! I am certain that you will do well on this test as you've shown me that you can read and interpret a weather map with greater ability than most news "weather forecasters". The test will probably take the whole block, however when you're completed if there's time remaining; you may work on your questions we started this week in class...Today's forecast? You're Awesome!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wednesday, January 17. 2018

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

B Block 9:00 – 10:00
AG 10:05 – 10:15
A Block 10:20 – 11:20
Lunch 11:20 – 12:00
D Block 12:05 – 1:05
C Block 1:10 – 2:10
Personalized Learning 2:10 – 3:15

B Block Physical Geography 12 - Today we look at the ethics associated with resource use along with the different forms of "capital" and understand the concept of "natural capital". We'll also look at renewable and non-renewable resources along with the four ethical views on resource use (economic/exploitation; preservationist; balanced-multiple use; and ecological or sustainable). We'll talk about over-consumption and unsustainable resource use practices using the example of water consumption and the Aral Sea and we'll end the class with a seemingly simple question...."How Much do You Consume?"

Don't forget that I need you to continue tracking your family's water consumption for the week and you can use the water footprint calculator at the H20 Conserve website.

D Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll look at gender connected to moral panics and crime waves. In Gender, Youth, Crime and Justice Loraine Gelsthorpe and Gilly Sharpe claim that

"recurring moral panics regarding girls’ behaviour, seem to have shifted their focus in recent years – from girls’ sexuality and ‘status’ offending, to their apparently increasing violence and alcohol use – and dwell on the resultant punitive turn towards girls and young women".

This turn towards vilifying young female crime can also be seen in crime media. Today we'll look at the Madonna-Whore complex in crime media which is most clearly covered through the topic of rape (think Law & Order: SVU). This complex refers to a dualism in Western patriarchal discourse, which seeks to explain the behavior of women and the desires of men. On one hand, women are rewarded for being the sexual play objects of men (i.e., whores), and on the other hand, women are given clear messages that true grace only derives from marital chastity (i.e., Madonna). We'll see how women are portrayed as victims and as perpetrators in crime media and see if the Madonna-Whore complex applies.

To do this we'll watch "Deadly Women" which deals with Diane Downs and then after we'll look at the DVD "Mothers Who Kill" which deals with Susan Smith, Andrea Yates and Marylin Lemack. After that we'll try to make sense of the women we've taken a look at.

C Block Human Geography 11 - Today we'll look at the key question "Where Are People Distributed Within Urban Areas"? We'll look at three models of urban development (in the U.S.): The concentric zone model; the sector model; and the multiple nuclei model. I'll have you annotate information about the three models in your Week 18-19 package...

I'll also have you look at the differences between North American, European and Latin American city development.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Tuesday, January 16. 2018

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

C Block Human Geography 11 - Today we'll look at the Key Issue, "Why Do Services Cluster Downtown"? Downtown is the best-known and the most visually distinctive area of most cities. It is usually one of the oldest districts in a city, often the site of the original settlement. The central business district (CBD) is the core of the city where many services cluster. Public, Business and Commercial services are attracted to the CBD because of its accessibility and density. We'll examine North American and non North American downtown cores.

Questions for the day include:
Using your knowledge of services from chapter 12 (last week's work), define each term and give an example of a typical downtown shop with that characteristic.
1. High Threshold
2. High Range
3. Why are these shops decreasing in the CBD?
4. Regarding residential uses – identify a factor pushing them out of the CBD and another that is pulling them elsewhere.
5. Describe how the intense land use of CBDs has created expansion of the CBD “above” and “below” in order to maximize the small space of the downtown?

D Block Criminology 12 - This week we'll take a look at crime waves, moral panics and the media with a special focus today on age (specifically youth). We’ll look at the way the media turns “ordinary” criminal events into extraordinary criminal “panics”. This happens when the Mass Media (usually led by the press) defines a group or an act as deviant and focuses on it to the exclusion of almost anything else. This then focuses the public’s negative attention on the group or act and demonizes people associated with it. When it comes to crime, young people are often lumped into one of two contradictory categories: Tragic Victims or Evil Monsters. We'll try to make sense of how the media covers youth criminals and victims using the 2012 murder of Syklar Neese...

B Block Physical Geography 12 - Today we look at the ethics associated with resource use focusing on the four ethical views on resource use (economic/exploitation; preservationist; balanced-multiple use; and ecological or sustainable).

We'll talk about over-consumption and unsustainable resource use practices using the example of water consumption and the Aral Sea. From National Geographic:

Actually a freshwater lake, the Aral Sea once had a surface area of 26,000 square miles (67,300 square kilometers). It had long been ringed with prosperous towns and supported a lucrative muskrat pelt industry and thriving fishery, providing 40,000 jobs and supplying the Soviet Union with a sixth of its fish catch...The Aral Sea was fed by two of Central Asia's mightiest rivers, the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya. But in the 1960s, Soviet engineers decided to make the vast steppes bloom. They built an enormous irrigation network, including 20,000 miles of canals, 45 dams, and more than 80 reservoirs, all to irrigate sprawling fields of cotton and wheat in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. In the decades that followed, the Aral Sea was reduced to a handful of small lakes, with a combined volume that was one-tenth the original lake's size and that had much higher salinity, due to all the evaporation. As a result of the drying over the past decades, millions of fish died, coastlines receded miles from towns, and those few people who remained were plagued by dust storms that contained the toxic residue of industrial agriculture and weapons testing in the area.

For the Aral Sea please check out the following:
Aral Sea Foundation
National Geographic News Aral Sea
NASA World of Change Aral Sea
The Aral Sea Crisis at Columbia University

We'll end the class finishing the Human Footprint DVD that we began yesterday with a seemingly simple question...."How Much do You Consume?"

I need you to continue tracking your family's water consumption for the week and you can use the water footprint calculator at the H20 Conserve website. For more on water as a resource please check out:
Ministry of Environment: Water for British Columbia
United Nations: Water Topics
Encyclopedia of Earth: Water

And from TIME...After three years of unprecedented drought, the South African city of Cape Town has less than 90 days worth of water in its reservoirs, putting it on track to be the first major city in the world to run out of water. Read the article Cape Town Is 90 Days Away From Running Out of Water

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Monday, January 15. 2018

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

B Block Physical Geography 12 - Today we'll begin our look at resources, resource use, and management issues. We'll talk about renewable and non-renewable resources along with the four ethical views on resource use (economic/exploitation; preservationist; balanced-multiple use; and ecological or sustainable). Our focus will be on water consumption (Don't forget I'd like you to track your water consumption for the week). After, we'll watch the first few sections of the Human Footprint DVD we previewed yesterday. We'll get through scenes 1-6 today (from birth up to early 20's) and this will take about 45 minutes of class time. When the DVD is over I'd like you to answer the following:
  1. Why do different cultures use and consume things at different rates? What do the numbers and facts in the video say about North American society?
  2. In some areas of the world people are already in conflict over a limited amount of natural resources. How will a growing population affect people’s access to food, potable (safe drinking) water, and fuel? What affect might the population increase have on pollution and encroachment on wildlife habitats?

The test topics for Thursday include:

  • the structure of the atmosphere (tropo & strato)
  • ozone depletion (CFC's), the enhanced greenhouse effect (GHG's) & air pollution (acid rain)
  • solar energy & insolation (heat, albedo, energy distribution, & seasons)
  • atmospheric pressure & global wind patterns (coriolis force, wind pattern names, pressure zones)
  • low & high pressure systems (how they happen, winds & weather associated with them, including air masses)
  • precipitation (lifting mechanisims - orographic, frontal, radiative, convectional - fronts and storms)
  • weather maps (station plots / models and low pressure cyclonic storms - cold and warm fronts)
  • severe weather (specifically hurricanes - how they develop & how they cause damage)
  • biomes (on a world map locate, as well as define the characteristic climate and vegetation of terrestrial biomes - forests, grasslands, deserts and tundra)
  • ecosystems (habitat; biotic and abiotic ecosystem components, autotrophs, heterotrophs, photosynthesis, decomposers, herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore, food chain, food web and bio-accumulation, Compare and contrast the human concepts of: Preservation, Conservation, and Exploitation) 

C Block Human Geography 11 -  Today is your Religion and Ethnicity test and you may use your weeks 10, 12, and 13 note/question packages as references. You have the whole block to do the test and if you finish early then you may work on your Week 15, 16, or 17 note/question packages for the remaining time. Breathe, be well and dazzle me with what you know.

D Block Criminology 12 - Today we're back in the library working on your blogs. Now for today I'd like you to do two things:

First...Last week we looked at the crime media coverage of the Russell Williams case both from Canada and the United States. I would like for you to answer Do you think that Canadian media coverage of crime is similar to American media coverage of crime? After your answer add an "and I think..." or a "so it may be..." or a "but not in all..." or any other descriptor to help you with your answer. Try to answer the following in your blog entry as well:

  • Do you think it would be a good idea to add video cameras and recording devices to the court room in Canada so that the media could add to their coverage of trials (like that of Russell Williams)? 
  •  Do you think the media should state their opinion when reporting on crime cases or should they remain "neutral"? 
  • Should all of the details from a trial be fully disclosed to the public or should the media select what information is presented?
  •  How much do we need to know about trials and the accused actions? 

Second, work on your individual media monitoring project/assignment. Remember,
You need to become an expert on one type of crime media. You`ll need to give an overview of what it is along with what it shows. Describe what crimes were shown or reported including as much criminological information (type of crime and why it was perpetrated) and sociological information (age, gender, race, ethnicity, class) about victims and perpetrators as you can find.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday, January 12. 2018

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

D Block Criminology 12 - 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...

  1. 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.
  2. 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?

C Block Human Geography 11 - Today we continue with our key issue, "Why Do Services Cluster in Settlements"? The process by which the populations of urban settlements grow is known as urbanization. Urbanization has two dimensions: an increase in the percentage of people living in urban settlements and an increase in the number of people living urban settlements. These two factors have different global distributions and occur for different reasons. So, Vancouver?

Would you live in the downtown of a city or out in the suburbs?

B Block Physical Geography 12 - Today we are going to make sense of ecosystem evolution and community succession (thrown in will be the terms establishment and extinction). We'll try to understand how species co-evolve and adapt to create complex communities (self regulation and emergent properties) and then we'll look at  Mount St. Helens to understand primary and secondary succession. We'll watch the last portion of the DVD "Fire Mountain: The Eruption and Rebirth of Mount St. Helens" in order to better grasp the rates of recovery for ecosystems around the volcano. The embedded video below from PBS is also a very good (specifically chapters 3 "The Blowdown Zone" and 5 "Bouncing Back") You'll need to complete questions 21 and 22 from page 662 of your Geosystems text along with a question on fire ecology and the effects of modern fire suppression. For more on ecosystem services and conservation see the National Geographic Earth Pulse website