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Posted: April 26, 2016


Tue, May 3/16 9:40 am

Chapter 5: Responses to Geographic InfluencesTest Review

·         What is Australia’s general location in the world?  Southern hemisphere, eastern hemisphere.   South of the equator but not so much that it would experience cold climates like in Canada.

·         Know, and be able to name, all 5 landform regions of Australia.  Be able to draw similarities between these regions and Canada’s regions. ie: Eastern Uplands are ancient fold mountains like the Appalachian region in Canada. OR Western Craton is ancient shield rock similar to the Canadian (Precambrian) Shield.

·         What is the population of Australia?  How does it compare to Canada?  What is pop.density of Australia? (2.6people/km2) and how does this compare to Canada?

·         What is the population distribution of Australia?

·         Be prepared to name the 3 climate zones of Australia and tell me where they are located within the country.  How do these zones compare to Canada?  Are there ones they have that we do not?  Are there ones we have that they do not?

·         When did Europeans first arrive in Australia? What kind of people first arrived in Australia?  Who was there before they arrived?

·         Be able to describe life for Australia’s aborigines pre-contact with Europeans.

·         Be prepared to compare/contrast Australian Aborigines experience w/ Europeans to North American natives experience with Europeans·         What was the White Australia Policy?  How does this compare to Canadian immigration practices of the past?

·         What are artesian wells and aquifers and why are they important to the economy of Australia?

Posted: April 19, 2016

PowerPoint Presentation : Genocide

Things that must be included/addressed:

  • Where is the country that it took place?  Locate it geographically within the world and discuss its political boundaries.  Good opportunity to use visuals in your powerpoint.
  • At whom was this genocide directed? The particular ethnic group that was the target and how they would differ from the mainstream or from the ‘party’/group committing the genocide.
  • Address how each of the eight stages of genocide were met or accomplished. (use your notes to refresh your memory on what each stage is)
  • A slide showing what was happening in Canada (or outside of Canada that we were involved in) at the time; what were the major events occupying the gov’t at this time?
  • What was Canada’s response to this particular genocide?  What aid, if any, did we provide?  What role did we have?

Due Date: 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Posted: April 18, 2016


Thu, Apr 21/16 9:40 am

Chapter 3: Canada’s People

·       Know all your definitions (they are the bolded/italicized words in notes)

·       What is population distribution vs. population density?  Be prepared to explain.

·       Population of Canada? Pop.Density of Canada?

·       What is the difference between site and situation factors?  Be able explain and give examples of each.

·       Why did settlements begin where they did in each of the regions of Canada (see 2 bullets below for regions)?

·       What is the difference between urban and rural?  Where do most of Canada’s pop. live?  How has it changed over time?

·       What are Canada’s five regions? Atlantic, Central, The Prairies, British Columbia, the North. (p.52 in textbook)

·       What are the physical/cultural attributes of each?  What are the political/economical attributes of each?  (p.52 in textbook)

·       What is the core vs. peripherary?  What happens in each?  Where is the core of Canada?  Why is it the core?

Chapter 4: Migration: People on the Move

·       Push vs. Pull factors è What are they?  Examples of each?  How have they affected Canadian immigration

·       First Nations è When did they get here?  What are the theories about their arrival?

·       Who controls immigration? The Federal gov’t does

·       Know what a melting pot is vs. a multicultural mosaic.

·       How has our policy of immigration changed over time?  Look at examples of where we have not been accepting of different groups.

·       What is the difference between an immigrant and a refugee?

·       How many immigrants should Canada accept?  How many refugees should Canada accept?  Be prepared to argue both of these questions (good points can be found on p.66 of textbook)

·       Know the idea of emigration (the idea of leaving a country).  With this, know the concept of the “brain drain.”  Is this something we should be worried about?  Why or why not? (p.70 in textbook)

Posted: April 13, 2016


Fri, Apr 15/16 10:54 am

Know all definitions related to climate

Why does snow form?How do snowstorms happen?What places get more snow?  Why?

Why do we have wind?  What happens to air at north pole?  What happens to air at the equator?

Be able to read climographs and get information from them concerning precipitation and temperature.  Also need to be able to draw conclusions about what the climate is normally like in that area.  Be able to compare two climographs to discuss differences in climate.

What effect does latitude have on temperature and weather?

Be able to explain the three different air masses and what kind of weather is brought by each.Know what a front is (a large volume of air with similar temp. and moisture conditions).

Know what happens when ocean currents meet.What is the effect on weather and climate of being next to water?

What is the effect on weather and climate of elevation.

Know what a meteorological technician does and why they might be important to certain industries.

Be able to read data from a radiosonde chart.

Know the three ways that we examine weather: from land & sea, from the air, from space.  Know the tools that are associated with each.

Canada's Immigration Policy

Posted: April 5, 2016

I would like you to focus on two sections:
"Immigration and Refugee Policies" &

"Immigration Regulations"

Prime Minister King Biography

Posted: April 5, 2016

You may also wish to examine this quote (found in two different sources) as being one of PM King's views on other cultures:

The following website is a further examination of the Immigration Policy of Mackenzie King's tenure:

Posted: March 24, 2016

Per.2: Canadian Identity 9T

  • Complete the Chapter 3 Comprehension Check to hand in for Tues. Mar. 29th

Per.3: Social Studies 8D

  • Complete Questions for "Our Fragile Wetland" #'s 1&2 on p.27 (time was given in class in groups to discuss so I expect lengthy, well-explained answers)
  • Reminder: Test on Wed. Mar.29th (review is found under the Calendar Item on this website)

Per.4: World Issues 120

Per.5: Canadian Geography 120

  • Reminder of Module 1 Test on Monday.  If students handed in their assignments from this unit they have been returned for study purposes.

Posted: March 24, 2016


Wed, Mar 30/16 10:42 am

Chapter 2: Our Natural Environment 

  • Be able to read a relief map and get information about elevation and some land features (p.19)
  • Know the 5 regions of CanadaKnow how big Canada is as a country in km2
  • Know representative fractions and map scales
  • Be able to use a straight edge and a map w/ a legend estimate distance between two points on that map.
  • Know all 6 Time zones by name.  Be able to tell me time in one if given a time in any other.
  • Know what the landforms of Atlantic Canada are like.  Be able to describe these landforms.
  • Water forms => be able to contrast and compare like we took down as notes in class.
  • There may be a vocabulary section on the test: it would be a matching type of question if there.

Posted: March 22, 2016

Per.2: Canadian Identity 9T

  • No homework, they had a test.

Per.3: Social Studies 8D

  • No homework.

Per.4: World Issues 120

1.      Summarize what occurred on Jan.30th, 1972 in Derry.  Make reference to internment.

2.      How has your impression of the events of Bloody Friday changed in light of Bloody Sunday?  If your impression is unchanged, why?

3.      Chief Justice Lord Thomas was told by PM Edward Heath that this was not just an occupation but a war of propaganda.  What does that mean?  How are both documentaries you watched a perpetuation of that propaganda?



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