January 31

Law 30: 02 Why we Need Laws

Some links and resources posted here that go along with our section.

  • Watch the Without Rule of Law video (below) – open it in YouTube to play it and watch to 16 minutes worth.

  • Personal Inquiry Search: Select one of the two following options and develop a personal summary – either in written form (half page typed) or an audio reflection (4 minutes min) – of what you have or can learn from the topic selected.
    • Research to learn whether Venezuela has Rule of Law right now and if not what is causing WROL (without rule of law). Consider, too, how long the situation there has been escalating – long term or mostly recent? Was there a specific trigger that’s changed things?
    • Explore the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2017-2018 and read the Report Highlights. You can search certain country pages (Canada vs Denmark or U.S.A) to see how they’re rated differently. Develop a personal summary of your findings/what you can learn from the site.
  • Viewing Activity: “You Should Have Stayed Home” Fifth Estate documentary on police use of force during 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto. Even countries with high Rule of Law function can fall victim to moments of WROL. Watch and take notes of significant details or comments you’d like to make to add to the discussion.


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January 30

01 Intro to Law

Media to support initial conversations of legal matters in Canada.

  1. Is it assault to pie someone in the face? Is this a crime? It is often done in a political statement – in protest of something.

2. Example of the legal issue in parents wanting to maintain life support despite a hospital supporting taking someone off it.

       3. Man is given surgery and released despite his hesitancy/readiness and suffered a stroke hours later leaving him disabled and unable to speak. Liability on part of hospital or a specific individual?

Morals shift and so do our laws.

Text pdf What is Law Why do we Have it-2o3tn0j

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January 21

Social 10: Canada’s Mixed Economy

Canada began with and is still widely reliant on its agriculture industry. Because of its importance to the country and globally, different initiatives have been developed to help support that industry.

  1. Research online to learn about the following topics:Image result for canadian wheat board
    1. Canada’s National Policy
    2. The Saskatchewan Wheat Pool
    3. The Co-operative/Credit Union movement
    4. The Canadian Wheat Board
  2. For each, find information to explain:
    1. why the policy or organization was necessary? (what did it hope to accomplish?)
    2. what effect did it have?
January 9

Social 10 Standards of Living

Here are some additional sources to help us better understand some of the concepts we’re learning about:

  1. a) What does GDP stand for? Explanation and notes from video

1.b) Government spending it part of the calculation of GDP. What percentage of Canada’s GDP comes from government spending, compared to other countries? 

Canada Government Spending – percentage of GDP

1. c) Growth rate of Canada’s GDP (image below)













  1. d) Human Development Index: The measure by the United Nations that ranks countries according to literacy, life expectancy, and GDP.Human Development Index Website



2. World Bank measures the wealth of each country.

  • Consider from the website given the countries listed as wealthy compared to those listed as very poor. What do you recognize of where wealth in the world exists and where it doesn’t?

The World by Income – site













  • Comparison of two bordering countries with vastly different living standards: Botswana and Zimbabwe

Article: Why Botswana is Better off than Zimbabwe









3. The World Bank (The International Monetary Fund – IMF)

The World Bank – Canada’s page

December 14

ELA 20 “Initial Ask” Questions

Here are some written out questions to consider when reflecting on this text.

  1. Pg 18 The Two Selves: The author mentions research giving evidence of people developing “two selves” – an online self and an in-person self. Why are there these two personas of people and what danger is there in it?
  2. Pg 24 Spelling: The book talks about how spelling errors in early texts between potential romantic partners can be a turn off. Why do researchers think it matters so much in this digital world related to dating?
  3. Pg 25 Three Traits for a Successful Text: The author breaks down the three things required for a successful text message. What are they?
  4. Pg 29 It’s written in the text that “the person who receives the last message in a conversation wins”. George Hormans established the classic sociological “principle of least interested”, which implies that the person who is least interested in the relationship has the most power. What does this mean? Do you understand this concept, based on your personal text communications?
  5. Pg 29 Wait Time: What does the author say about how people use “wait time” with potential romantic partners? What are some of the approaches to implementing wait time (wait two times as long or 1.25 times as long etc)?
  6. Pg 30 Explain the advice Socrates gives to the young woman so she can better attract more of a man’s attention. From your perspective and experience, is there truth to this concept? Could it work as well if a man employed this technique as for a woman using it?
  7. Pg 30 “reward uncertainty”: Explain the psychological concept of “reward uncertainty” and explain how people can use it in their potential romantic relationships. Why would they use it?
  8. Pg 30 When not interested – there is an ironic difference between the way people want to be treated when they are crushing on someone who isn’t interested back versus the way they typically respond to someone who is crushing on them but they don’t return the feelings.
    1. How do people typically say they would want a crush to let them know the crush isn’t interested?
    2. How do people end up typically letting others who are crushing on them know that they aren’t interested in return?
    3. What is ironic between these two approaches, based on the book’s explanation? Why do you think there is this difference?
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December 4

ELA A10 What Makes a Hero?

In your Quests and Adventures section, you’re asked to consider what qualities, in your experience, make someone a hero. Having made that list and considered your own opinion on the subject, pick one of the following articles to read and develop a response to. Instructions are included in your handout for after reading. 

  1. Choose which of the two above articles you want to read and make a list of the points made within the article.

What Makes a Hero (article) if the criteria for what makes a hero were changed, would there be more or less labelled heroes in the world?

Why we Need Saviours (article) the benefits and reason for heroism stories popularity in media

2. Following your reading, you’ll engage in a discussion with others who selected the same text. 


November 30

Social 10 Current Event Links

Our Social 10 studies have included the following topics:

  • necessity of a social contract in society
  • the roles of citizens and government in working together
  • Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • characteristics of Democracy Canada enjoys, but are not equal throughout the world
  • personal paradigms compared to political ideologies
  • philosophers that influenced political thinking related to needs of people vs government
  • Conservatism vs Liberalism ideologies, focused on different goals
    • whether a country is more left or right leaning on the horizontal scale of economy
    • whether a country is more left or right leaning (and up or down) on the vertical scale of social order


Examples from recent current events that connect to these ideas from class are posted below:

  • Supreme Court Rules Reporter Must Share ISIS Notes with Police (link)