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Posted: May 29, 2016


Thu, Jun 2/16 2:00 pm


Wed, May 25/16 9:40 am


1.      What was the difference between the 1920s and the 1930s economically?

2.      How did the end of WWI affect the Canadian economy?

3.      How was the experience of Atlantic Canada different from the rest of Canada when talking about the Roaring Twenties? hint: Look in A Stalled Economy for Others

4.      Definitions – need to know, and be able to explain, tariff, primary vs. secondary industry, installment plan

5.      What factors hampered the Maritime economy in the 1920s? (see p.88 of textbook, you’ve already answered this)

6.      What was the experience of the First Nations in the 1920s? Know the word assimilate.  Know residential schools. Know Indian Act restrictions. (all on p.92)

7.      How did electricity drive economic growth in the 1920s?  What effect did mass production have on life of the 1920s?

8.      How did women’s roles change in the 1920’s?  Look at education on p.91 and track through to Changing and Conflicting Attitudes on p.94.

9.      Definitions – know the terms stocks, share, dividend, public relief, public works and balanced budget.

10.  How did the stock market and stocks and shares help the economy to grow in the 1920s (before the Great Depression that is)?

11.  What is Black Tuesday?  When and why did the stock market crash? Answer – Thurs. Oct.24th – Tues.Oct.29th,  1929 because share prices started to fall and became worth less money.  People panicked, tried to get their money out of stocks, this caused them to crash/fall faster.  Without confidence in the market by investors, the market crashed.

12.  What are the root causes of the Depression? Answer - With easy and available credit, people bought and sold more goods.  Credit was even being used to buy stocks.  Everybody believed the good times would not end, so they spent money freely.  Canada’s economy was closely tied to that of the US.  As their economy slowed, so did ours.  In Canada, we relied on trade to foreign countries for growth and by 1932 this dropped by 50%.

13.  Describe the difficult conditions of the Depression – hint: look to “Social Conditions” and “Hard Times Across the Country” in your notes as two sources.

14.  What were the new political parties created out of the Depression?  Why might they be considered only regional parties?  What ideas did each of them offer and why would these ideas have been attractive to Canadians?

15.  Explain the significance of terms like “Bennett buggie,” “eggs Bennett,” “Bennett blanket,” and “Bennett coffee.”  What does this tell us about Canadian’s perceptions of R.B. Bennett.

16.  What was the trend of the unemployment rate in Canada over the course of the late 1920s and 1930s?

17.      From what we have studied, explain why this chapter is titled what it is?


Wed, May 11/16 10:50 am

Chapter 4:  A Place to LiveReview

  • Know the definitions for population density and population distribution.  If given the population and area for each province, be prepared to calculate the population density.
  • Know the difference between clustered, compact, loose-knit and inear population distribution patterns.
  • Know the difference between Urban and Rural.  
  • Know in very basic terms what push and pull factors are.Be able to look at a chart like the one on p.52 of your textbook and be able to answer questions about migration.
  • Be ready to explain why Fredericton grew as a city?  What factors made it the provincial capital?
  • Who were the First Peoples of Atlantic Canada?  (know the four groups: Innu, Algonquian Nations, The Inuit, and the Beothuk).  Know one fact about each of the four groups.  
  • Be able to explain what the result/effect of contact with Europeans was on the First Nations (for example, looking at map on p.55 you can see FN settlements moved further inland away from Europeans AND populations became smaller)
  • The Acadians = who were they?  why did they come to North America?  where did they settle?  what happened to them?  where did they end up and why?
  • British Settlers = why did they come?  where did they settle? who were the Loyalists?  why did they come?
  • Irish = Why did they come?  where did they settle primarily?
  • Scottish = why did they come?  where did they settle primarily?
  • African Canadians = how did they get to Atlantic Canada?  where did they settle?  where did many go? what was Africville

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.

Posted: April 5, 2016

Canada's Immigration Policy

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

"Immigration Regulations"

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?