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Description of Activity
This introductory activity will teach students how to perform a keyword search in the Canada Gazette digitized archives. This will prepare them for Activity 2: Historical Connections: Keyword Research Using the Canada Gazette. The results will be the basis for discussion and debate.
After the lesson, students will write a step-by-step guide for keyword searching in the digitized Canada Gazette, which may be used as a reference for Activity 2.
1. Engage students in a brief discussion about the use of marihuana for medicinal purposes and ask: "What are the regulations in Canada?" "How could we find out about regulations?"
2. Use an LCD projector to connect to the database of the LAC Canada Gazette website, or instruct students to access it from a computer.
3. Demonstrate how a keyword search is performed using the keywords "medicinal marihuana."
4. Use an LCD projector to connect to the database of the Canada Gazette Directorate website (http://gazette.gc.ca/archives-e.html), or instruct students to access it from a computer.
5. Choose Vol. 135, No. 14-July 4, 2001
SOR/2001-227 14 June, 2001, and view "Controlled Drugs and Substances Act: Marihuana Medical Access Regulations."
6. Skim the titles and information in the Interpretation and Parts 1 to 4 while briefly questioning and discussing what information is given in the regulations.
7. Introduce the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS). While the RIAS is separate from the regulations, it explains them and includes a response to consultation and questions from the public. The "Issues" section summarizes the major issues identified from this consultation process and Health Canada's response to the concerns expressed. The final item is the name of the contact person.
8. Discuss with students the importance of the public consultation process, which is provided through the Canada Gazette, and how it gives citizens access to the laws and regulations governing their daily lives, and assists the private sector in meeting legal requirements. Also discuss the importance of the Canada Gazette in enabling citizens, since 1841 when it was first published, to search significant events and historical decisions and their effects on our present laws and regulations.
Students can be assigned to teams and refer to the issues in the above RIAS for debates.