• CPW4U Canadian & World Politics

    Instructor: Mr. R. D'Alessio

     This course examines Canadian and world politics from a variety of perspectives. Students will investigate the ways in which individuals, groups, and states work to influence domestic and world events, the role of political ideologies in national and international politics, and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict resolution. Students will apply critical thinking and communication skills to develop and support informed opinions about current political conflicts, events, and issues.



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      Posted: Monday, February 13, 2012


Discussion Topics

  • Agree or Disagree (political corruption)

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 8/10/2012 2:49:12 PM
     "The ineptitude and gang-like mentalities of politicians in North America have allowed corporations, businesses, and politically-motivated wealthy individuals to manipulate elections, and silence the average voter." Do you agree or disagree? 

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    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 7/10/2012 4:01:00 PM
    Anyting you want to talk about that relates to what we have debated (or class content or links etc). This "chat" is currently open to ENG3U, ENG4C, IDC4O, HZT4U, CPW4U, ENG1D, and CLU3M (eg. Interpret the quote: "Some laws are better than others.") (Eg."  I just saw the Hunger Games. Like the book it is based on, it is a philosophical and political film and it is a dystopia film. Here, you can share your thoughts, keeping in mind that the film has drawn varying interpretations for its political overtones, including arguments in favor of left-wing, right-wing, and libertarian viewpoints. The film displays a general distrust of government, regardless of the audience's political party affiliation.  Some viewers formed an opinion about The Hunger Games as a parable of the Occupy Wall Street activity.  The top 1% richest people in the world have more money than the bottom 95% put together! Collins doesn't use the terms 1% and 99% percent, but it's clear that those in the Capitol are members of the 1% and everyone in the Panem districts is part of the 99..."
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  • FDA

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 6/27/2012 8:36:00 AM
    The FDA has yet to approve one single non-toxic treatment for cancer or anything that isn't patented by a major pharmaceutical company. Some would say this is terrorism, your thoughts? 

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  • Is poutine a threat to our national unity?

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 5/24/2012 5:14:53 PM
     Is poutine a threat to our national unity?

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  • OTHER Class discussions

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 5/17/2012 3:58:00 PM
     In class we discussed the following today:
    1. CEO of Schizophrenia Society of Canada tells people he would definitely have Greyhound bus killer Vince Li over to his house & around his family and that this man is no longer a threat to society and should be free. Do you agree? He beheaded and ate his victim 3 years ago. 
    2. The Canadian National Museum of Science and Technology has a controversial exhibit on sex. Is this inappropriate for a museum that cators to so many children?

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  • Auto industry request for financial assistance

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 5/9/2012 9:59:52 AM

    Should the federal, provincial and Ontario governments say “yes” or “no” to auto industry requests for financial assistance to expand plants? For example, Ford, which wants to invest $1.2 billion to expand in Oakville is expected to seek about 20% in financial help from governments.

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  • freedom of speech

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 5/9/2012 9:31:56 AM
     In the USA, the Supreme court has protected the rights of anti-gay protesters who continue to attend the funerals of US soldiers who were gay where they chant "God hates fags" and hold signs that read: "God hates fags" "God hates America" and God if your enemey." Do you agree with their right to freedom of expression? Explain. Do you agree with the statement "The Supreme Court is noble." Or do you agree with the sentence, "The Supreme Court is noble in theory." What are your general philosophies on "freedom of speech, expression, and slander (Katie Homes for example recently launched a lawsuit against the tabloids for saying that she was addicted to drugs. She will most likely lose the lawsuit). 
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  • Children's Aid debate (new)

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 5/2/2012 12:38:58 PM
     Should Children's Aid get involved when the parents of a newborn are disabled?
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  • Jim Richards Showgram discussion

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 4/26/2012 12:26:30 PM
    *************** Is it fair to to cancel refugee claimants' access to our healthcare?*******************
    Corey Michaels writes: "It's not cancelling their access, it's adjusting the level of benefits to match those of 
    provincial health care plans such as OHIP. This is equal treatment. It's as fair as you can get."
    Sean Williams writes: "No. Let them pay taxes first - like everyone else!"
    Craig Milton writes: "...It's such a pile of baloney that a person who's never spent a dime here, never spent an hour 
    here, never worked a day here, never contributed anything EVER to here, can come here and get free health care to 
    start off with... It's a slap in the face to all Canadians who've worked their butts off and contributed to make 
    this heath care system the mess it is today -- Health care in Canada is NOT free, it costs me an arm and a leg and it's 
    just not right that an outsider can jump over here and start pillaging our resources -- and there's NO ONE who's going 
    to convince me they don't, I've been witness to it directly and it's a burden on US."
    Charlie Currie writes: "No. Once they have pre-paid their share of the national debt...by all means dive in and donate 
    a couple organs along the way."
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  • General Politics

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 3/26/2012 12:11:00 PM
    General political debate
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