Grade 9 Social Studies. What are the big ideas and topics in this book and course? (pg 2) Where can we find key terms and important information quickly in this book? How do I know what's important?. Key Terms (you need to know these). Issue Perspective Point of view Quality of life****
What are the big ideas and topics in this book and course? (pg 2)
Where can we find key terms and important information quickly in this book?
How do I know what's important?
Point of view
Quality of life****
How does governance connect to citizenship and Identity?
How does economics connect to citizenship and identity?
What is Quality of life and what factors effect it?
Quality of life is a measure of person and their collective well being
What are the most important factors that affect your quality of life?
Make a list of things that reflect who you are and what important to you. Then rate them, with 1 being the most important
How might the list be different if this discussion was taking place in another country?
How might the list of these children be different then your own?
Who has the better quality of life?
Why do you say that?
What evidence do you have to support this?
Chapter 1How Effectively does Canada's federal political system govern Canada for all Canadians?
What is the structure of Canada’s federal political system?
How do laws become laws?
How do the media connect Canadians to their federal government?
What do lobbyists do?
Monarch of Britain
The Executive Branch
The legislative Branch
The Judicial Branch
Proposes most laws
Puts laws into action
Runs day to day business of the government
Includes the Prime minister and the cabinet
Who’s in charge depends on who has the most seats in the house
To have a majority, 1 party needs to have more then 50% of the total number of seats.
Minority governments typically have trouble, as they do not have the power to invoke laws easily.
Members of Canada’s Senate are called Senators
Senators are not elected, the are appointed by the Prime Minister
Senators represent the rights and interests of Canada’s regions and minorities
The Senate can propose laws, but they usually only consider bills, giving them a second look before passing them
A law cannot be passed without the approval of the house of commons and the senate
Quick review of the Federal Political System
Complete Federal Political Structure Handout
Laws are created or amended in response to issues relevant to Canadians.
Any member of the House of Commons or Senate may introduce a bill; however, the majority of bills are introduced by the Cabinet.
The Federal Accountability Act- Pg 39
After a bill has been approved by both the House of Commons and the Senate, the Governor General gives Royal Assent and the bill officially becomes a law.
Can you think of an issue that effects life for Canadians? Now is your change to show how you would put a law in place to address this issue.
Complete Lawmakers activity
Ex) internet, newspapers, radio, TV, blogs, Twitter
The freedom of the press is guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Over 350 news agencies report on the actions of the Canadian government as part of the Parliamentary Press Gallery
It is important to remember that journalists make decisions about what stories to cover and whose perspectives to include.
Political parties employ public relations specialists to help them get their desired message across.
They often try to control information available to the media through press conferences and formal press releases.
Media savvy politicians will often use memorable quotes or “sound-bites” to get their point across.
A common technique by the Parliamentary Press Gallery is to surround politicians exiting sessions of parliament and bombard them with questions.
Ex) Carolyn Parrish
A lobbyist is someone who is hired to influence MP’s and government officials
Lobbyists must be registered with the Commissioner of Lobbyists and must document which MP’s and government officials they work with
Can you think of a group that a lobbyist might work for?