Gord Downie Canada 150 We Day July 2, 2017
#TrendThink is our own class hashtag this semester for use in our discussion board and on Twitter to promote social commentary and class-inspired observations regarding social justice and potential paradigm shifts #paradigmshift
Update to this story: Mayor Tory has come out against "carding"
General steps to following through on a project
1. READ THE WHOLE ASSIGNMENT OUT LOUD FROM START TO FINISH :)
2. Brainstorm ideas
3. Create Outline
4. Conduct Research
5. Revise Outline
6. Conduct more Research
7. Reference Research (citationmachine.net)
8. Write Rough Draft- turn your outline points into sentences
9. Proofread & Edit
10. Write Final Draft
Media: To what extent is the news scripted by gov't sources?
The Throne Speech promised that the government will change the law so that a life sentence means a sentence for life. Do you support making changes to accomplish that?
Charter of Values
The Parti Quebecois government in Quebec City has placed a bill before the National Assembly which would promote secular intolerance and deny rights to many Quebec workers. The most controversial aspect of the bill would bar public sector employees from wearing any identifiable Religious clothing or jewellery (hijabs, kipas, turbans, crosses, etc.). The Quebec Assembly of Catholic Bishops has come out in opposition to the bill.
Iran's new President sworn in
Does the owner of a male barbershop have the right to refuse a woman's haircut?
Gord Downie quote
I don't think you can throw over science and research for ideology and not expect there to be casualties.
The Pope in the news with some Vatican Politics
Rob Ford video back in the news
CTV'S Ken Shaw reports Toronto police were probing the alleged crack video weeks before Gawker/Toronto Star reported it.
List of Canadian Prime Ministers
Better check who's in power. Is S/he a psychopath?
Top 1% and wealth (Thanks Shaun for link)
My letter to the City of Ottawa about bi-weekly garbage and its response is now posted in class files FI. :)
latest Chompski interview
Obama speechless at mic.
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School
CPW4U Final Exam REVIEW June 2013
Section 1: Long Answer (90)
Section 2: Definitions (37)
Section 3: True or False (20)
Section 4: Matching (20)
Section 5: Essay (35)
Section 1: Long Answer: (90)
1. Name two types of government. Explain what type of government Canada has and describe Canadian society and politics. (7)
2. Explain and compare and contrast Liberalism and Social Justice or Explain and compare and contrast Conservatism, Neo-Conservatism. (6)
Section 2: Definitions (37)
1. Pick 7 of the following definitions to define. (14)
federalism, globalization, refugees, Coalition Government
2. Define anarchy: (2)
Section 3: True or False (20)
Section 4: Matching (20)
A-Lucien Bouchard _____McGuinty
B- Jean Chretien _____ Bible Belt
Section 5: Essay (35)
What to study:
Socialism and Communism, interest group, political spectrum, Michael Moore, Noam Chompski, union, Quebec issue,
Roman Catholic Church in Quebec in the 19th and early 20th centuries, notes, handouts, journals, previous tests, text work, Legitimacy, Authority, Sovereignty, State, Citizenship, Constitutionalism and the Charter (Quebec question, recognizing rights), public opinion polls, influence, spin doctors, federalism, equalization, Western alienation, globalization, refugees, Coalition Government,
Anarchy, Vatican, nationalism, theocracy, Cold War, environmentalism, The UN, The Red Cross, John Locke, Gandhi, oligarchy, the senate, voter apathy, referendum, Warsaw Pact, commonwealth, Lucien Bouchard, Jean Chretien, Bible Belt, sovereignty, Bill 101, Meech Lake, Mayor Ford, monarchy, al-Qaida, G20, emerging democracy, dictatorship, lobby group, René Lévesque,
"Dirty Wars" trailer
Jim Richard's June 5th tweet
I have sent an email to the liberals asking for an interview about the gas power plant scandal, so I am guess it's been deleted #onpoli
Harper, as we saw in class, has less popularity right now than Mayor Ford! And now this:
May 6th Discussion
For today's discussion board, please individually, or in pairs, get a laptop, scroll down to Discussions; "open-line" and discuss politics. Step 1: Complete the "Finding Your Place on the Political Spectrum handout, and discuss your score. Step 2: You may discuss previously debated topics fromt the class discussion board(s), or any of the links on the class site. Step 3: Discuss current events in politics such as the Ontario budget (go to the Ottawa Sun, Ottawa Citizen, CBC News, CTV News, or CBC politics (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/), or any of the parties websites and post your opinion(s), comments, questions, ideas.
Wynne energy scandal
If you have not yet handed in your biography essay, please do so ASAP. (also: p.212 1-7*)
Do you agree with Don Cherry that female reporters should not be allowed in male dressing rooms?
- Yes. It’s not appropriate and as Cherry points out, male reporters wouldn’t be allowed in women’s dressing rooms.
- No. This has been normal practice for years. Female reporters are doing their jobs and should not have different access from their male counterparts.
New terror legislation coming
Dear students: As you were told in class (or if you were absent today, please note...) there was a test scheduled for today. However, the class successfully lobbied that the test be an open book test and so the test needed to be converted to an open book format test which was not done in time for today's class and more importantly, as I was not in class (I'm at the General Hospital in Ottawa for several hours today) it is school policy for the teacher to be present when there is any type of test. The test will be in class tomorrow. If you are away tomorrow, you will write it Friday. If you are away tomorrow and Friday, please let the teacher know and alternative arrangements will be made.
Monday, April 8th
-Test Review (Unit 1: Plato, John Consel, Ann Coulter, Noam Chompsky, 9-11, political spectrum, coup d'etat, Li Lu, non-gov't organization, voter apathy, professional politician, conservatism, liberalism, anarchy, socialism, PC party, Liberal party, NDP, Quebec issue, Rhinoceros party, Fraser Institute, feminism, environmentalism, religion & politics (theocracy, Vatican, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Dali Lama, US fundamental Christianity/Bible Belt), Israel, Iran, North Korea, gun laws, Micheal Moore, and nationalism) (10 true or false, 10 multiple choice, 5 short answer/definitions /30). (Bonus section on journals: Bomb Canada; Twelve Steps Toward Political Revelation, Rick Mercer on Stephane Dion, Why Capitalism, The American Canadian)
-Unit 2, Ch.5:Decision Making and Participation; Forms of gov't (Learning Outcome expectations: Identify factors that influence a state's form of government, illustrate an understanding of direct democracy and representative democracy; define the relationship between decolonization and democracy; give examples of dictatorships) (read txt: p.156-161) (homework: p.157 #1-2).
-Last summative assignments of term 1: Letter to editor (April 12th) and biography essay (April 16th) (famous politician of your choice, 2 source min., 5 paragraph min with title page and bibliography).
-Class Links con't
Term 1 Journals due: April 9th. Term II Journals due by June 12th
A reminder about journals
A reminder that journals will be collected tomorrow (Thursday). Today, there were 2 journals, the second part of the Noam Chomsky journal talking about 9/11, US democracy, and the late Venezuela president V. Chavez and Rick Mercer on Stephane Dion.
Supreme Court of Canada rules police need a wiretap warrant to access cellphone text messages.
Journals will be collected Thursday and weekly (Fridays) from here on in...FYI
Green Party update...
There is a current discussion going on. Some Green party supporters feel that the Green Party, the NDP and the Liberals should cooperate to present one alternative to the Conservatives in the Labrador by-election? The 2 viewpoints are:
1) it’s time to end vote splitting and give voters one clear choice between the government and the opposition.
2) cooperation between the parties actually eliminates choices for the voters. The people should have the option of voting for any of the major parties.
Fair or unfair?
There is a town in Brazil that powers its streetlights by having convicts pedal bicycles attached to generators.
Important in-class work on key figures: p. 129 #1-3 & p. 131 #1
Yea or Nea?
your tax money funding an aquatic centre that has a curtain to shield Muslim women while they swim?
Quebec election update
The Quebec Liberal party has a new leader - former health minister Philippe Couillard.
He won on the first ballot at a convention in Montreal today.
The 55-year-old ex-neurosurgeon replaces Jean Charest, who stepped down after the Liberals lost power in last September's election.
Jean-Marc Fournier had been interim leader since then.
Vatican Politics/NEW POPE
The Papal Conclave officially ended today. A new Pope has been consigned to lead the Catholic Church. He is the first non-European Pope in modern history and first from Argentina. On Monday we will briefly discuss Pope Fransis the First. There is a test-material lesson on unions on Monday and a test-material lesson on THE QUEBEC ISSUE next Tuesday, please see teacher if you are absent on one or both of these dates.
Jimmy Carter on Argo
Original Carter speech on the Iran crisis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCOd-qWZB_g
Never underestimate the power of a first draft. If you want to e-mail your introduction to the teacher Rob.D'Alessio@cdsbeo.on.ca I can proof read and correct it for you (you must do so before the deadline).
There are concerns that disaffected airport employees of duty free shops, cargo facilities, ground services, baggage handlers & fuel suppliers may be suborned by jihadists and pose insider security threats. Would you approve electronic eavesdropping of air travellers & employees at the Ottawa Airport?
Reminders: The essay is due Tuesday. If you mised a day this week, you may want to ask the teacher for an extended deadline. I put up several files on this class site with essay tips, expectations, and a rubric (mark-wise, it breaks down to 5 marks for title page; 5 marks bibliography, 10 marks mechanics; and 25 marks for the essay (i.e., 5 paragraphs min (no max.). But it's an opinion essay of your choice in topic. Your conclusion should state that you would like to see politicians do more of this______________ or start doing this_____________ or stop doing this____________ or support this____________ (etc). You can do the same topic as someone else. It's formal, thus do not use personal pronouns, instead say: "One could argue that......." And include 2 sources (you are allowed to use Wikipedia for 1). Possible topics range from abortion, capital punishment, health care, education, environment, how to deal with terrorists, war, marijuana, taxes etc. It can be a Canadian, American, or international topic. It can be any topic we debated in class as long as you tie it into politics. As you work on it, feel free to e-mail any questions to me: Rob.D'Alessio@cdsbeo.on.ca
left or right?
In this course, you will be writing several journals whereby you will be asked to identify if an article has a left or right bias. Check this blog out and see if you can call it out as left or right and see if you agree or disagree (i.e., is Paul McCartney of the Beatles more or less ecologically literate than the Canadian gov't?:
Quote of the day
"When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it." -- Eleanor Roosevelt
Today's essay tip
Be careful with the use of the word "like" in formal essays. We usually use this word to compare one thing to another or as a simile. But it is too informal in an essay to say "...promising to not raise taxes is like promising jobs for everyone." It doesn't matter how logical or clear your point is, you should say: "...promising to raise taxes is comparable to promising jobs for everyone..." "Like" by defintion can only be used in its literal sense. Therefore, you can use it to say: "He likes pizza." "This dog likes cats." "Canadians like hockey." Etc.
Essay Tip of the Day
In formal essay writing, when there is a question mark, it must be followed by an answer or theory in the next sentence that addressed the question.
Labour laws topic of the day
Some female teachers with the Toronto school board are angry over priority for job interviews going to males and racial minorities. 72% of Toronto students are visible minorities, while about 22% of teachers are. Almost 80 % of elementary teachers are female.
The state of Mississippi only officially ratified the 13th amendment this year!! Slavery!!
Today's SoundOff: Justin Trudeau made more than $1 million dollars as a public speaker between 2006 and 2012.
$277,000 came from speeches since he became an MP in 2008. He charged for speeches to a mix of charities,
education organizations and professional groups. Trudeau says his appearance helped organizations with their
fundraising through sponsorships and ticket sales. Is your opinion of him better, worse or about the same after
Marrianne Williamson: "There is no direct ratio between the amount of money we spend on defense, and how safe we are. The former doesn't guarantee the latter. If we spent even a fraction of what we now spend on defense to actually route out the causes of terrorism, we would be much safer."
In class the other day we were arguing over whether or not US citizens are allowed in Cuba. Between the time in the 1960's (during the Cold War) whereby JFK introduced an infamous embargo that made it illegal for US citizens to travel to the USA and 2011, only members of the media on business could travel there but now any US citizens with family members in Cuba are allowed to travel to Cuba.
New Florida Law update
In class on Thursday we learned about a new Florida law that requires all non-US drivers to hold international licenses to be in the state of Florida (i.e., regular licenses and passports will not suffice). The media got the story wrong becuse Florida modified the law allowing Ontario residents to use their regular licenses.