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Friday, 14 July 2017

Teacher Free Speech Summer 2017 News y Views!

hEY hO! kEEP ChECKing BAcK! LaTeR AdDITIoNs WiLL bE AddED In LaRgE TYpe SeT! mY Acronym Guide IS @ hErE! ... Legalization news now moved to "Oh Cannabis!" @ LINK!




TEACHER + UNION

School Violence: ETFO's public elementary teacher union President Sam Hammond speaks out against the rash of violence in our Ontario schools. Even the teachers are getting hit, bit, punched, and spit at. Clearly, a lot more "front line supports" are needed from the provincial government @ CBC

End the Silence - Stop the Violence: The OSSTF public secondary school union continues to lobby the Ontario Ministry of Education and Ministry of Labour to protect it's front line teachers and education workers from "violence in the workplace". Nobody, teachers included, should have to fear getting injured at school. They outline the next steps they will be taking this fall with the provincial government @ OSSTF

Failing Grade: Toronto's TDSB public schools score very poorly for their lack of understanding about students' who are both black and queer. The issues are staggering. Sadly, one can't imagine the TCDSB Catholic board fairing much better. Much more effort and perhaps a swift kick in the butt seems desperately needed, to back up all the fine talk about Canadian inclusivity and LGBTQ Charter rights, paid for on the public dime. More @ Now

Children First: NDP MP Charles Angus takes the Trudeau Liberal government to task for ignoring 4 rulings by the Human Rights Tribunal addressing Canada's systemic discrimination against First Nation youth. After 150 years of colonial exploitation and neglect, the way forward is to start putting the children's needs first. But that isn't happening @ Star

Aboriginal Education: The OECTA Catholic teacher union has prepared a thorough list of valuable resources to help it's teachers with First Nation issues @ OECTA

OH CANADA


Oil will be well ....

Canada's 150th Birth Day: Canada Day wasn't much of a celebration for our indigenous First Nation peoples. Think about it: while "settling" in Canada, the white colonial England and France colonialists took away their land, culture and even their children. As a young nation, we are still a work in progress. So, how do we move forward constructively from here, to properly address these grave injustices? Bob Rae considers the challenges of the "Canadian Odyssey". For starters, he argues that Canada's indigenous people must also be thought of and treated as one of Canada's three "founding nations" @ Star

Trudeau + Harper: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss! Is Justin just another "puppet for the wealthy"?!? If so, how did that happen? Think Oligarchical Rigging! More @ Tyee

Trudeau and Trump: The US President is lavishing praise on Justin Trudeau for doing a "spectacular job" as our Prime Minster. Perhaps Trudeau's "greatest success" so far is in diplomatically playing the Trump card to Canada's advantage, for whatever that's worth in the long run. It's a risky hand to play, but what else can Trudeau do with the terrible one that he was dealt when Donald took office? Hmmm @  Star


Oh Canada ...

"Canada 101" or "Nice, Nice, Very Nice": Canadians are friendly, polite and very easy going .... right?!? Ummm, well, we can thank WW2 and the US for the nice stereotype, anyway @ Huff

Top O' The Pops: According to a recent international IPSO poll, 81% of those surveyed think Canada has the "most positive influence on the world right now", for the second year in a row, compared to 40% who think it's the US. Heh ... Heh ... heh @ Macs

"Canada 201" or "Look at Us -We're Wonderful?!?" The world needs more Canada @ Whig No! No! Canada needs more of the world @ Star 

Trump Polls Tank: Under President Donald Trump, 80% of Canadians actually dislike our neighbours to the south for the first time in 35 years! Grrr! Grrr! Grrr! Of course, Trump's only polling at 70% in the states, so maybe those folks can be forgiven? Quick! Somebody go tell them they can still come visit and be our friends! @ Star

Trumped: Yup! We Canucks dislike the Donald so much that the Trump Tower in Toronto is getting new owners and changing it's name! Unlike in the US where ... where ... where ..... Eh?!? It's happening all over the states too?!? Er ... er ... er ... Sorry! @ Huff

IN THE NEWS


Trump Clown Show: Whoa! Get this -US political commentators at Fox and CNN are astonished! Turns out that the "isolated and friendless" Trump scored two thumbs down in the international media for his disastrous circus like foreign policy antics on the world stage, during the G20 conference in Hamburg. Guess the befuckled stateside media didn't notice as the MAGA man "pressed hard on the decline of US leadership". Or that Russia and China will benefit again from his self inflicted wounds. Missed that, eh? Duh! Very embarrassing! But the real shocker? This is hardly anything new for the incredibly Unpresidential Donald Trump, as most everybody else around the world can all to clearly see @ Guardian

Muslim Ban: Trump wants to ban Muslim's from 6 middle eastern countries to stop Islamic terrorism from entering the USA. Truth be told, the overwhelming majority of gunmen shooting up the country are white Christian extremists ... Sooooooooo -will he banning Christians from 6 Europeon countries next?!? Why not??? More @ NYTDN

A Method To His Madness? Kim Jong Un talks crazy talk -or does he? Against all odds, North Korea has played the survival game very well for over 70 years. Still does. The buffoonish Trumpster could well just be playing into his hands with all his MAGA bluster. Bottom line: War is a terrible losing proposition for everybody, but everybody in the region. Is Kim Jong Un worried? Maybe not! For him there's not much left to lose, plenty to gain, by taking Trump for a fool in this high stake game @ WP

KULTURE KULT INK


Kayaking is fun! La la la la la ......

"Danger man" or "Kayak Fishing 101": Beware of sharks! Get this -They can flip over yer kayak and then eat you!!! Yiiiiikes! I ... I ... I go kayaking almost every day, here during the summer at Lake Mississaganon, Land o' Lakes! Eh?!? It's a fresh water lake? Shhhhhhhhhhh @ FN

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Monday, 26 June 2017

Oh Cannabis Summer News + Views!

High! Read Oh Cannabis News Y View @ May-June @ March-April @ Jan-Feb @ December Also follow me live on Twitter @davidchiarelli


HEADLINES

Happy 150th Birthday Canada: In special commemoration -"Oh Cannabis: The Anthem" @ YT and "Oh Cannabis: Our Homegrown Plant" @ YT

COMPLETE THE ONLINE SURVEY: The Ontario government is seeking your feedback by JULY 31st, on "how we should approach selling and regulating cannabis in Ontario." Please share widely with our cannabis community @ ON.CA

Cannabis Culture 5: The endless Toronto court hearings continue for Marc y Jodie Emery, Chris y Erin Goodwin y Britney Guerra! I covered the May 23 [Here] and June 26 dates live on Twitter [LINK]. Stay tuned! The next one's scheduled for July 31st! The Crown seems hell bent on continuing to tirelessly drag out the process. Meanwhile, Cannabis Culture's dispensaries and other business interests remain closed across Canada as per the CC5's bail conditions. Marc openly seems keen to deep 6ix that. He's repeatedly noted in his media scrums that he fully plans to reopen his dispensaries, business as usual, once bail is lifted. A PJT [Pre Judicial Trial] is to be held before the 29th, in which a deal could be struck, though that's by no means certain. Any jail sentence, would be Mr. Emery's 31st for civil disobedience, as he and the crew continue to fight the good fight for our civil liberties, in this case to our right to buy, sell and toke sans the Trudeau Neo Libs nefarious corporate weed agenda! Also read trez kool Dankr.ca's June 26th review @ Dankr.ca

Free The CC5: Progressive Federal NDP millennial leadership candidate Niki Ashton calls for a full pardon for the Cannabis Culture 5. Also for decriminalization and an end to Canada's mad frenzy of pre legalization cannabis busts @ Tab


CC5: Court daze ...

Project Claudia: Charges have been dropped or stayed against 72 of the 90 individuals busted in the 2016-17 Toronto Police Service's [TPS] high profile cannabis dispensary raids. Many had previously signed a peace bond. The Attorney General has decided not to pursue a verdict. Surely the decision is a cannabis infused pie in Police Chief Mark Saunder's face! He insisted that he was very sure the highly controversial charges, supposedly to preserve "public safety",  would stick @ Vice



Health Cannabis: Health Canada is absurdly denying that there's a critical shortage of medical cannabis in our country, as the July 1st 2018 date for the legalization of recreational cannabis approaches. We patients know that's total BS. The situation has left many skeptics wondering whether the Trudeau government is secretly planning to break it's legalization promise @ Lift 

See my first hand report on the horrific supply problems with Tweed and our other legally licensed producers [LP] @ Here!


Mohawk Alert: The reefer madmen at Quite News ["Quinte's Best Source of News" -according to themselves ....] are loudly bragging that they're out to stir up shit for the excellent First Nation cannabis dispensaries popping up all over the Tyendinaga Reserve south of Belleville, Ontario [See my review below ...]! They are demanding that the Mohawk police and council explain why it's allowed, when other dispensaries across Canada, quite inexplicably, despite a shortage of medical weed, are getting busted all over the place, prior to "legalization" next year! So ....  Will controversial reserve Police Chief Ron Maracle come to the rescue of the lackeys at "Quinte News" as they try to white wash the situation? To create an excuse for a huge, ill advised RCMP or OPP bust?!? On Treaty Land?!? When First Nation relations across Canada with the fork tongued Trudeau government are all ready going up in smoke under a dark black cloud of broken promises?!? Check out their latest "News Story" [and one uses the term lightly ....] @ Quinte

More Reefer Madness: Police Chief Ron Maracle evokes the absurd specter of fentanyl laced weed, none of which has been found being sold at the reserve, as an excuse for a possible police crackdown @ BI

Canada/US Border Crossing 101: With the tourist season upon us there will be many stoner "trips" back and forth between our two countries. Here's what you should be aware of, crossing either way @ Leafly
 

OH CANADA


Cannabis Act Bill C-45: Canada's legalization bill has passed second reading 200 yays to 77 nays. It now goes to the Health Committee for further study, and should be passed before Canada Day July 1st 2018 @ Lift

Provincial Angle: Canada's provinces have each now been tasked with working out a local cannabis framework setting the age limit, sales and distribution model for legal weed in their jurisdiction. These will take effect when Bill C-45 is passed into law by next July 1st. Here's what each province is doing, or not doing, as legalization approaches @ Mari

The Inside Dope: A grave injustice was committed under Prohibition 1.0 when cannabis was made illegal in Canada. Sadly, many more injustices are still being constantly perpetrated under Trudeau's much ballyhooed legalization plans [aka "Prohibition 2.0"] for next year. Canada's cannabists and grass root cannabiz entrepreneurs continue to be busted in record numbers! Moreover, our vulnerable minority groups are being persecuted the most! So why no pardons? An amnesty? Or compensation? Why aren't those Canadians who fought the hardest for legalization, persevered and are still bearing grave injustice, being incorporated into the new licit Cannabis trade? Something very rotten is obviously going on with Trudeau's corporate weed agenda. Few are forcefully speaking out! Meanwhile, those who resist, perhaps most notably the Cannabis Culture 5, are being rounded up across Canada and thrown in jail. As the saying goes, "No justice, no peace!" Don't be fooled! The good fight isn't over yet. Cannabis activism remains as important as ever! The time for action is now, not later on, when it's too late! More @ Star


Trudeau ....

Busted 1: Police have raided 7 Canna dispensaries, 6 residences and arrested 80 employees in Toronto and Vancouver, reminiscent of this spring's Project Gator Cannabis Culture bust's, as Bill C-51 weeds it's way through parliament before finally becoming law @ CTV A second Canna bust and 8 more arrests followed the same week @ Global

Busted 2: Canada faces a cannabis shortage when recreational weed is legalized next spring. Government friendly LP's [licensed producers] can't even meet the medical cannabis demands as is. Sadly, police are very busy busting the indie dispensaries that can. More @ BloomB

Busted 3: Statscan's latest figures contradicts police fear mongering that organized crime is behind Canada's indie black market cannabis trade. So ... so ... so does that mean that the CC5's Chris Goodwin and Marc Emery aren't really "gangsta's" but are actually just engaged in some good old fashioned, civil disobedience?!? Yiiiiikes! @ Globe

Busted 4: What do we find when we search for "cannabis" or "marijuana" on the City of Toronto website for registered lobbyists? A number of Canada's big government LP's! Cross reference the dates with those of the rash of TPS [Toronto Police Services] indie dispensary busts. Then connect the dots to figure out what's really going on! See @ TO

Medical Sensi: Toronto's Medical Officer of Health calls for recreational cannabis to be decriminalized, estimating that if not, a further 59,000 charges and 22,000 convictions will result between now and legalization next spring @ CBC

Decriminalization: The federal NDP is pushing for it in parliament but they are up against the Corporate Trudeau Neo Libs, Andrew's Sheer Cons, and of course ... our government licensed producers @ Leafly

From the Horse's Privileged AssVice Canada talked about legalization, or rather Prohibition 2.0, with Prime Minister Trudeau @ Youtube

Union Weed: UNIFOR, Canada's largest private sector union is encouraging dispensary workers to unionize. It will support them, despite the cannabiz "gray market" legal status. Workplace safety is a big issue, especially with the rash of armed robberies in the GTA [Greater Toronto Area]. 40 workers at the Canna Clinic are now negotiating their first union contract @ UNIFOR.

Vancouver 420 Lessons: Cannabis Activist Dana Larsen critiques the hypocrisy of a right wing municipal council warmly embracing public booze fests while looking down with disgust on the weed. Enough is enough @ Huff

At The UN: Canada is violating 3 UN Drug Treaties by legalizing cannabis. Truth be told, the 3 international treaties quite deceitfully lumped cannabis in together with lots of other much more dangerous substances, under intense US pressure during the highly dubious Prohibition 1.0 reefer madness era. Still, a one year notice is required to legally withdraw from them. The government's plan to deal with this sensitive UN issue remains completely clouded in mystery, increasingly leading some to question Trudeau's promise to legalize weed by July 1st 2018 @ Mari

IN THE NEWS


Trump Reefer Madness: Whether they realize it or not, our US neighbours to the south continue to suffer gross ridicule and humiliation on the world stage in the Age of Trump. Now, in a befuckling scenario befitting a Third World nation, alleged Putin pal and Trumpster Attorney General [AG] Jeff Sessions has personally asked congress for a green light to prosecute medical cannabis users in the US -state law and budget cuts be damned! Whatever happened to decency? The rule of law? Order? Leadership? Or good government? Let alone the notion of America as a world beacon of light and hope? Alas! They all now seem to be getting snuffed out pretty quick stateside in the struggling democracy's darkest hour @ WP

Prohibition 2.0: How AG Nincompoop Jeff Sessions wants to create a new War on Drugs @ WP

The Horror! The Horror! Jeff Session's alt facts about cannabis definitely earn him another failing grade! Bigly! @ Bloomberg

Reefer Madness Sessions: AG Jeff Session's startling praise for the disastrous DARE "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign from the 1980's shows just how badly out of touch he is with drug issues in the new millennium @ Vox and @ CB

Reefer Madman 2.0: AG Session's nostalgia for DARE ignores the fact that the US government lost the War on Drugs. The evidence is clear. The heavy handed, narrow minded BS didn't work before. It certainly won't work now. Plus it ties up valuable police resources, wasting big bucks, especially on grass, which never should've been included as a Schedule 1 banned drug in the first place @ CB

Meanwhile, Back at the Farm: Trumpland's MAGA antics with both the countries federal banking and controlled substance laws and regulations are creating widespread chaos across the US! Medical cannabis is now legal in 29 states. Recreational cannabis in 8. Still, the legal states are at an impasse. They are now being threatened in a troubling conflict between state and federal jurisdictions! @ LAT

Nevada Weed: What can we lean about "adult-use" sales one week after cannabis was legalized in Nevada? Demand was very strong. Line ups long. Revenues high. The tax dollars are rolling in. They're running out of weed! More @ Leafly and @ RS

Koch Ya! Even the con$ervative Koch Network, always$ quick to $mell big buck$, warn$ the Donald again$t a "failed" cannabi$ fight @ Leafly


US: Big Problems Ahead ....?

NORML: Much of the cannabis advocacy group's recent US focus has wisely been upon public education, to debunk the crazed, alt fact, reefer madness myths and evil half truths coming out of Washington, and the DOJ. You can read their series of timely, informative op-ed articles online @ NORML

Pot in The US Workplace: What you should know @ YH

From Russia With Love: Besides interfering with the US election process, those darn Rooskies might also be stirring up the War on Drugs, to throw the US off their game @ WP

Viva Uruguay: Tired of South America's US inspired drug war, Uruguay will be selling legal weed for $1.30 a gram to more successfully put the bad boy cartels out of business. Weed will only be sold in the pharmacies. 6 plants can be grown at home. Seems you can smoke most anywhere. There are still a lot of familiar licensing requirements and government regulations. However since Canada isn't coming on line with legal weed until next year, they are the first country, if not unlike us the first member of the G7, to legalize weed @ Guardian

UN 2017 World Drug Report: It's official! The United Nations estimates that there are about 183 million global cannabis users. In other words, roughly 3.8% of the worlds population use pot. Furthermore, 163 of the 190 countries studied report cannabis busts this year. 6000 tons of herb and 13000 tons of resin are seized annually under prohibition ! Much ado @ HT


UK: Wishful thinking ....

Queen's Cannabis: The future of legalized, or for that matter even decriminalized weed in the UK remains highly uncertain, despite the widespread reforms elsewhere on both sides of the Atlantic. The Liberal Democratic Party promised to legalize "adult use" in the recent election. However, with hard ass Conservative PM Elizabeth May managing to hold onto power, if only just barely, the future still doesn't look very promising @ Mari
 
GREEN MARKETING


Tyendinaga Dispensaries: The good folks at the Mohawk reserve south of Belleville Ontario show us how to do it right! The Warriors at Legacy 420 [Here] have set up a weed superstore of sorts. Check out the wide array of buds [$8-12g], and shatter [$50-70g]. Also the vast array of home baked medibles, candies, pipes, bongs and other weed paraphernalia. The Little Chiefs at Forever Green [Link] are smokin' up a storm with their oils, Stortz + Bickell vaporizers, and a very top notch selection of strains and medibles. Within the reserve, there's a good number of shops, to find whatever strains your are looking for. Loved the "God Bud" and "Rock Star" at Smoke on the Water [Link]. Also that Big Greens [Link] and Field of Dreams [613-743-4202] provide drive through service, including evenings. Staff are very friendly, helpful and relaxed. The shops are wheelchair accessible and so far, bust free. Remember, there are NO TAXES! Gas costs about 10-15 cents a litre less than anywhere off the First Nation reserve. Please DO NOT HESITATE to support these fine dispensaries, free from Trudeau's greedy corporate clutches, at the Mohawk Tyendinaga Reserve! More @ APTN and @ CanDig

Canada's Mega-Cannabis Farms: Rather belatedly, the licensed producer [LP] race is on to build huge mega-farms to produce a large enough crop to meet the demands of legal weed both at home and abroad. Too little, too late? @ Mari


 In View:  Homegrown Canuck rockers, The Tragically Hip, are buying into legalization via their partnership with Newstrike, a newly minted government licensed producer @ TH

Racist Legacy: Regretfully, the budding US cannabiz industry in general is still very much a rich white man's game, where race, creed and colour does matter -a lot! Canada too? @ Guard

Faces of Cannabis: A new Lift ad campaign is working to change our perceptions about whom smokes pot in Canada, calling into question many of the negative public stereotypes and prejudices about toker's today. Lift hopes everyone will become more open about their cannabis use, as weed is legalized in Canada. As it turns out, Canadians' can take pride that our toker's actually represent quite an everyday, inclusive, intergenerational and multicultural mix! @ Now


Weed Prices Around The World: Here's a quick fix for Summer 2017 @ CannaH

Baby Boomer High: Many baby boomer "retirees" or "seniors" [Harrumph!] are increasingly using pot to help meet their medical and recreational needs @ MR

Getting High With Mary Kay:  Cosmetic "pot selling" parties featuring wellness consultants and cannabis balms, ointments and tinctures, are proving popular in California's retirement communities @ BI

HIGHER LEARNING


Stoner Grrrrls: Today's cannabis consumer is most likely to be a woman, according to this study. Many are seeking relief from stress, menstrual pains, and as an alternative to more harmful pharmaceutical drugs. Maybe even your mom .... not mine, bless the ol' gal, but maybe yours .... A lot are also millennials @ Yahoo

Weed Etiquette: Yes, when we join in a smoke circle with our good buds y blossums, everyone should share their weed. Here are ten etiquette tips to practice and know, to make for a kool scene @ GRD

A History of Cannabis in Canada [1801-Now]: Don't assume that all will go well just because the Prime Minister has "promised" legalization next year! Remember: History teaches that those who forget the past, are doomed to repeat it, again and again and again .... And that there's all ready been a compost heap of lies, deceit and outright manipulation by the powers that be about weed, throughout the years @ Leafly

Talking Cannabis ....

It's Cannabis NOT Marijuana: "Marijuana" is actually a racist term. It is part and parcel of prohibition's ugly past. Since the 1920's and 30's "marijuana" has become a part of our everyday vocabulary. It is still very widely accepted and used today. No doubt, few of us understand it's origins, or use it in the negative sense. Still, this site, with a goal of being positive and inclusive always tries to use the correct term, or another one that we all like and know instead. You are encouraged to consider doing likewise, on a go forward basis. Legalization isn't just about changing our laws. It's also about changing a horrible prohibition mindset that's caused untold injustice and grief. Learn more @ GRD 


Coming Out! Way Out! 5 ways to tell mom y dad that you smoke weed @ WeRe

"The Pot Talk" or "The Plot Thickens": How to tell your kids that you smoke weed. Hmmmm ... @ MR

Drug Free Kids Canada [DKFC]: The mainstream, government approved approach to discussing cannabis with teens, on the eve of legalization in Canada, emphasizes role modelling, values education and an open communication strategy. Of course, one hopes that today's "with it" parents would act accordingly, as with most teen issues. However, there's also pause for concern in the parenting materials underlying note of fear mongering about the big, bad weed. It smacks of the Trudeau government's strict Prohibition 2.0 reefer madness focus on being very heavy handed with a limited focus on control, control, control. 

Contrary to popular misconceptions, that often doesn't actually work very well with most adults, let alone teens, in the real world today. It can backfire badly! Nor will more big $$$'s for policing and enforcement help facilitate a deeper conversation with our kids. Let's hope sufficient resources are instead put into creating a more thoughtful, realistic, meaningful and comprehensive public discussion about cannabis use.


Fortunately, in these DFKC booklets, parents are being actively encouraged to learn more about cannabis, as a part of this very important public education task. But will there be any more government funds left over to help facilitate that? After police, politicos, bureaucrats and Trudeau's corporate pals grab the lion's share? The dollars are in very short supply, and time is quickly running out @ DFKC 

High Anxiety: How toking weed can help @ Civ

Higher Dining: Are you ready for your first cannabis infused fine dining experience? Here's 5 thoughtful questions you should ask yourself, the hosts and others so you'll be sure to have a great time @ LA


Canuck Weed: Hooray! It's Canada's 150th b'day! To celebrate the occasion, let's "head" out to our favourite, friendly, local dispensary and check out these 5 great, new strains of weed. They originate here! Enjoy, with much Canuck love and hoser kisses @ Leafly 

Then, let's toke on these 3 .... No! Er .... 19 .... Um! .... Howzabout ... 11 buds, with Canadian roots! @ Leafly 

Whew! That sure is a lotta boo, eh?! Kaff! Kaff! And let's not skimp on my personal fave, as o' late! Ta daaa! Toke! Toke! Toke! Some more @ Ye Good Old God Bud!

Mr. Science: Green? Red? Purple? Blue? Yellow? Why is weed different colours?!? Inquiring minds need to know @ KL

A History of Cannabis in Canada [1801-Now]: Don't assume that all will go well just because the Prime Minister has "promised" legalization next year! Remember: History teaches that those who forget the past, are doomed to repeat it, again and again and again .... And that there's all ready been a compost heap of lies, deceit and outright manipulation by the powers that be about weed, throughout the years @ Leafly

Cannabis + Autism: There's growing evidence that cannabis can be useful in treating autism. Researchers in Israel are creating a global data base to study it further @ Tonic


Understanding Your Body + It's Relationship With Cannabis: It's time to start relying less on Big Pharma and begin listening more to your own body about what's good for your health. Indeed, there are many cases when it can be best to holistically self medicate with weed for both lots of ailments and just plain, good, old fashioned, healthy living reasons @ HG

High AF Sex: Like THC? Try CBD's too! Dunno if there's hemp condoms yet, but cannabis is great. Here's why @ THC and @ CBD

Enquiring Minds Need 2 Know: What's the difference between THC, Hemp Oil, CBD Oil and Hash Oil? Seek and ye shall find @ ZP

"Little Big Tree" or "Turning Japanese" or "How 2 Grow A Marijuana Bonsai Tree in 5 Easy Steps!" Trez kool @ Herb


The Big Lie: Booze and tobacco are legal, but cannabis isn't because ..... it's not safe?!? Let's get this straight -you simply can't overdose on cannabis or cannabanoids. Period. So why all the BS?!? More @ MR

Weed > Booze: 5 ways that cannabis is waaaaay better for you than the old Kickapoo joy juice @ Civ

Waste Not -Want Not: How to properly store your stash @ GL

Beginner Guide to M-Edibles: How to safely try cannabis infused candies, and baked goods etc. etc. etc. Lotsa shopping and dosage tips too, as well as an explanation of how they work @ Cal

Why We Need Vapor Lounges: OK. Recreational weed's being legalized in Canada. So where are folks supposed to go to toke?!? Legal vapor lounges are still not a given. Duh @ NowTo


DEA Slang: Oh yeh! They are soooooo cool -NOT!!! As a stoner, how many of the DEA's alleged 2017 "drug slang code terms" for pot do you actually know or use?!? "Krazy Kandy"??? "Smoochy Woochy Poochy"?!? "Little Green Friends"!?! "Righteous Bush"?!? "Pu?!? Or howzabout "Mowing the lawn"??? Ever heard that one? The DEA's new "Directory" is @ Vice Your test is @ Leafly

Don't Legalize Weed: Whaaaat?!? Yup! Legal weed might not turn out to be as kool as you think @ YT

On High: Miracles? Spices? Oils? Herbs? Did Jesus use cannabis to perform miracles?!? Enquiring minds need to know @ MJ

HIGH TIMES


What if God Smoked Cannabis? @ YT or @ Lyrics

The God's Bud Super Star Jam Band: Despite the different music styles, these late great musicians all smoked weed -Chris Cornell, Phife Dawg, Chuck Berry, David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Leonard Cohen, Gregg Allman, Glenn Fry, Paul Kantner, and David Peel. Now they've all dearly departed us to join that heavenly jam band in the great beyond! Some fiery weed tales @ HT

Stepping Razor: Ironically Jawara McIntosh, the son of former Marley Wailer reggae star and cannabis activist Peter Tosh has ended up in a coma while in a New Jersey jail for a pot bust. No word who's responsible. Alas, Peter suffered a very debilitating head wound from a police beating back in Jamaica during the day. Now Jawara's suffering from "traumatic brain damage", and it's hardly from just smoking the stuff either @ Mari


JFK -Stoned Again!

Tokin' With The Prez: 11 US presidents are known to have smoked weed; JFK, Obama, "Dubya" Bush, Clinton, Pierce, Taylor, Jackson, Madison, Monroe, Jefferson, and Washington! Read more @ HT

Weed Top 10: Bernie Sanders, Justin Trudeau, the Dalai Lama, Snoop Dogg, and Jack Nicholson are but 5 of the most influential people publically supporting the good fight for legalization. Read more @ WR


Look Ma! No ears!

Don't Parrot This: A man has had his ears removed in a 6 hour operation to make him look like a parrot. Now he wants to find a plastic surgeon to turn his nose into a beak .... Naw, the article doesn't say whether he smokes pot. However, this DOESN'T seem to fit into my Teacher Free Speech News Y Views as any sort of ... ahem ... "straight goods" news item, so here it goes! Read on @ TeleUK

Do The Monster Hash: Let's toke and er ... danze instead @ YT and @ B-FlicK


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Monday, 12 June 2017

Teacher Free Speech June News + Views!

hEY hO! kEEP ChECKing BAcK! LaTeR AdDITIoNs WiLL bE AddED In LaRgE TYpe SeT! mY Acronym Guide IS @ hErE! ... Legalization news now moved to "Oh Cannabis!" @ LINK!


TEACHER + UNION


OTPP [Ontario Teacher Pension Plan: Some good news! Full inflation protection has been restored for the retired members, plus there's a contribution rate reduction for the active teachers! @ OTPP

No Justice No Peace: ETFO is rising to the challenge! The public elementary teachers' are returning to court to seek a "fair remedy" for their lost rights under the Ontario government's illegal Bill 115 from 2012! Will OSSTF and OECTA still just continue to sadly suckle on the Neo Liberal "extended contract" election teat? @ ETFO

Invaluable for School AND Home: "Four Tips for Effective Lesson Planning on Fake News" @ ASCD

School Violence is cited as the reason for a 29% spike in teacher sick days in Waterloo region. Alas! Also check the dramatic rise in staff sick days across the province of Ontario, especially by our hard hit CYW [Child Youth Workers] and EA's [Educational Assistants] @ Star

Not So Peaceful Kingdom: Nova Scotia teachers call for more support staff and a "clearer discipline process". Statistics now show that students in the province's public school system threaten or commit violence 1100 times a month. Endangered educators are regularly being bitten, spit at and punched by "troubled youth". The students also can't be easily removed from the classrooms they are disturbing, without proper procedures and supports in place, for safety and legal reasons. The Nova Scotia government is downplaying the crisis, nonsensically claiming that the bad behavior will decrease as the kids grow older and somehow learn to "self regulate" themselves @ Global

Autism Ontario: With an election looming in spring 2018, the increasingly desperate Wynne government is finally taking action! They've made some long awaited and much needed changes to autism programming in the province's schools. The process has been "streamlined", and students will now be "serviced" until age 18. Now if somebody could only light a fire under their butt about school safety! @ Star

Surplus Beginning Teachers in Ontario, Alberta and BC learn to navigate a very tight job market @ Globe

Austerity Binge: CUPE's Saskatchewan school workers say it's an "absolute no" to a 3.5% pay cut and 3 years of frozen wages @ CBC

Catholic School Funding: The Saskatchewan government decides to appeal a court ruling that public funding of it's "non minority" Catholic school system is a "violation of equality rights" under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Seems they might also evoke the "notwithstanding clause" to nix the decision when the legislature meets again this fall @ RegPost

School Facts: Cuba provides universal access to education for all it's citizens from kindergarten through university, despite a crippling, 50 year plus, US economic embargo @ ACEX

OH CANADA


Manitoba NDP MP Niki Ashton: enters the federal party leadership race promising to try to "bring the Bernie Sanders movement to Canada". Alas! The time seems right, and it might've once been a good fit for the proudly progressive party. However, today's wishy washy NDP seems more set on self destruct, as it strays from it's leftist roots. Is Niki's plan doomed?!? @ Tab and @ NatPost

NDP Intrigues: The Canadian Labour Congress [CLC] has been working the party backrooms trying to finally oust deadbeat, federal NDP Leader/ Not the Leader Thomas Mulcair once and for all @ ipolitics


"Andrew Who?" Or "Harper 2.0": Meet CPC Andrew Scheer, Canada's new federal opposition leader. Will he be any match for Justin T?!? @ TorLife

The Trouble With Andrew: Scheer's been described as a theologically driven, social conservative with close ties to the alt right "Rebel Media" group. Seems the Conservative party is about to abandon the voter rich political centre where Canadian elections are usually lost and won @ Now

All Talk? The Trudeau government promises Canada will help "pick up the slack" after US President Donald Trump pulls out of the Paris Climate Accord @ CBC

No Go: Canuck leftist firebrand Naomi Klein warns that it's dangerous not to hold Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accountable for his election promises on climate, energy and indigenous issues, as Canada now feels the brunt of the "Trump trajectory" from our neighbour to the south @ MacLeans


Trump Appeasement:Trudeau is accused of trying to appease President Trump as they begin to renegotiate NAFTA. Reportedly, Trudeau asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel to leave the Paris Climate Accord out of a planned NATO statement after the recent summit/ non summit in Brussels. However, the Canadian government is denying the media claim, and has requested a retraction of the allegedly false news story @ NatPost

Justin Vichy: Seems our Canadian PM is now also willing to increase defence sending and help out the poor old, military-industrial complex, in another effort at appeasing the Trumpster, as he sets out to MAGA [to Make America Great Again] @ Star

Standing Rock North: The appeasement news stories follow an earlier statement by Trudeau that he was "very pleased" Trump has approved the Keystone XL pipeline. Doesn't that contradict his previous bromance with former US President Barrack Obama over all things environmental? Also his self professed deep respect for First Nation treaty rights? Are Trudeau's moves just some fancy political footwork? A part of a larger negotiation strategy? Regretfully, they smack more of a Liberal flip flop and appeasement with the Donald! Ugggh! Read @ Star

Cuba Si! Seems Justin is sticking to Canada's long standing policy of constructive engagement with Cuba despite Trump's "crackdown"! Canada's business and tourist trade continue "business as usual" with the rogue socialist state for now, same as they have throughout the permanent state of emergency under the illegal US embargo, since 1961. But for how much longer?!? More @ Huff


Counterpoint: Canada's Trump Strategy: On a positive note, there are claims that Justin is working with the provincial premiers to "go around Trump" forging "direct ties" at every level of the US local, state and federal government to box him in on policies that would be detrimental to Canada. Apparently it's a strategy that even former PC PM Brian Mulroney, Trump's neighbour in Florida is in on too. How long will it work? @ NYT

Wynne Win: Seems even Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has been involved in Trudeau's Trump strategy. She successfully applied pressure for New York State to back off a protectionist "Buy America" policy that would've been detrimental to both Canadian and US businesses, by threatening to retaliate! Pretty ballsy! Hope there's more method to her madness @ NYT

Fake News North: Canadians shouldn't feel too smug about the rash of misleading "truthiness" of "alt news facts" by "election hackers" and "purveyors of fake news" south of our border. It's a growing concern here too that will only get a lot worse come the next federal election. Unfortunately, not much is being done to deal with the threat @ Globe

It Can't Happen Here? Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett is under attack for exposing "corporate media lies" about the War in Syria! Hmmmm .... so, what aren't we being told about Canada's involvement?!? @ ActivistPost

IN THE NEWS


"National Security Presidential Memorandum on Straightening the Policy of the United States Towards Cuba": Read the text of Trump's travel ban @ WH and a news backgrounder @ NYT

Normalizing Chaos: Obama's efforts to normalize US relations with Cuba, as brokered with help from Canada and the Vatican, was a "smashing success" until the Donald came along to destroy it @ Nation

Pay Back Time: So why change course now? To stand up for human rights?!? Well then what about China? Vietnam? Saudi Arabia? Etc. Etc. Etc... Truth be told, Trump is in debt to Senator Marco Rubio, Mario Diaz-Balart and the Miami Right for their election support. Get behind the scenes with the Cuban backroom boys @ Politico and @ MJ

Double $tandard$: Eager Biz Mogul Trump illegally violated the U$ embargo of Cuba him$elf for profit and personal gain during the 1990'$ @ Daily

Revision Not Reversal: Despite Trump's claims that he's "completely cancelled" Obama's "deal" with Cuba, little has really changed. In some cases, tourist travel for US citizens will become more difficult to arrange @ MHerald

Cuba Tripping: A guide for US traveller's to Cuba under the Trump travel ban @ RollingStone

Vamos: Cuba refuses to negotiate with Trump under pressure or threat @ Atlantic

Viva Cuba! Read the official Cuban critique of Trump's Miami Right inspired travel ban @ Granma


So Bad It's Good: GOP Majority House Leader Kevin McCarthy explains how withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord is actually a good thing. Just thank American ingenuity and the free enterprise system for a better world without an environmental agreement! And if you believe that, maybe I can sell you some private property in Cuba? No?!? Why not??? @ KMML

Trump-ocracy 101: Trump White House messaging on the Paris Accords shifts from blatant outright lies to authoritarian style propaganda, to further the corporate agenda and reassure the faithful that everything's fine @ MediaMatters

Trump-ocracy 201: On "tracking the creeping authoritarianism" of the Donald through his conspiracy theories, attacks on the media, praise for tyrants and countless other befuckling moves @ MotherJ

America's New Crime Boss: Former FBI Chief James Comey's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee reveals Trump's "management style" is more like that of an American Mafioso then the President of the United States @ Globe

Loyalty Issues: A full transcript and video of the Comey hearing is @ NYT

Loyalty Tests: Trump's "loyalty test" is having a very debilitating effect on US government institutions and staff. Ask yourself, is this by accident or design? Hmmmmm. Read @ Time

"An Appetite For Chaos" or "Self Inflicted Pain + Incompetence" or "This Is Not Celebrity Apprentice": Confusion and anger are also the order of the day within the dysfunctional Trump White House @ NYT

Department of Alt Facts: Check out the Trump team's anti-Comey talking points and media propaganda to better understand the dark side's complete disregard for the President's obvious lack of respect, understanding and allegiance to the rule of law @ Boing

To Russia With Love? By accident or design, Trump's chaotic presidency has served to divide Americans, destabilized the countries long standing and fruitful alliances as a world leader, and helped strengthen Russia's international hand @ MotherJ

LGBTQ Fight Back: Trump's attack on LGBTQ rights is galvanizing Gay Pride activists across the US at this year's celebrations @ MotherJ


Life In The Saudi Den of Extremism: Dumbfounding Donald thinks his massive arms deal involving advanced weapon systems is worth the Saudis promise of a $200 billion investment for "building infrastructure" back in the USA. He also somehow manages to forget that it comes courtesy of the homeland of the 9/11 terrorists @ Alternet

Mid East Sizzle: The Trump-Saudi deal lacks enough economic substance to actually create very many jobs back in the United States. Moreover, it pretty much gives the questionable Saudis a free hand to do as they please in the troubled region, with US support! Unfortunately, their track record is not very good, to say the least. More @ MotherJ

"Missing In Action" or "The MOAT [Mother Of All Terrorists]": Civilian casualties in the ISIS terrorist hotbeds of Iraq and Syria are mounting from the US lead coalition air strikes, which also employ Canada's CF-18 jet fighters. They deadly attacks are seldom investigated. Nor do they get much media attention over here @ AlterNet

On The Killing Floor: The UN claims 300 civilians have died in US lead air-strikes in Raqqa, Syria since March alone! @ Reuters

MOAT 2: US airstrikes in Afghanistan have tripled after 16 years of a war that's reduced the country to rubble many times over, to no avail @ DailySab

Expect Retaliation: Human right monitors are trying to investigate the US lead forces use of deadly white phosphorus incendiary weapons on civilian targets in Syria. It's creating extremists whom can't possibly fight back with even nearly the same military force that we have. Still they can retaliate an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth style with a home made terrorist attack. Then we are surprised, shocked and angry in the west! But before we get too indignant, who is really the Mother of All Terrorists??? More @ Snopes


The War Against Terrorism as a Fraud: Getting sick and tired of surrendering more and more of our basic, hard earned civil liberties every time the government announces it's latest measures to fight terrorism? Why not? A lot of often very dubious terrorist threats have been used since 9/11 to expand their authority and control over us. They argue that it's an emergency, and quite conveniently, a permanent one at that! How dare we question what's really going on!!! Pffffffft! @ DailyB

Who Loves the Donald?!? The military-industrial complex, that's who! More @  GlobalRe

War Watch: Syria, Iran and/ or North Korea -who's it going to be? @ NEO

Theresa May May Not Survive! It's official! The Conservative party has squandered and lost it's "working majority" in the recent UK election. The Brexit wing of British politicking takes a darn, good shellacking @ Toi and @ TeleNews

Bad Seeds: There's an Global Arctic Vault in Norway, where 5,500 crop seeds from around the world are being safely stored in case of an emergency. Well folks, the emergency is here! Due to global warming, the vault is melting! @ BBC

KULTURE KULT INK


Bruce La Bruce: The Toronto based "cult" movie maker/ writer/ and queer core punkster discusses the role of "lesbian terrorists", "second wave feminism" and "radical queer cinema" in his latest batch of challenging, thought provoking films @ Now

2 of Amerika's Most Wanted: The Trumpster angers Latino's and blacks while playing up to his white base by targeting Tupac's auntie and Black Panther member Assata Shakur, who was granted political asylum in Cuba by Fidel Castro back in the day. He wants her returned to the US to face criminal charges, but of course, Cuba says no @ Telesur

 
The Donald? Tupac would NOT be impressed ....

Nice Nice Very Nice: The stereotype that we Canadians are polite to a fault is critically re-examined and largely debunked, eh @ Huff

Pink Floydian Studies: "The Dark Side of The Moon" -What's it all about? @ Spinditty



Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder: A woman has photo shopped her body 18 different ways to illustrate the "ideal picture of beauty" from different countries around the world. The purpose is to reveal how subjective and depending upon context, the concept really is @ 22W

Cold Place: Moby's new video sounds the alarm about the rise and violent fall of capitalism, greed and President Donald Trump in no uncertain terms @ Huff And of course MAGA objects @ Alternet

Talking To Yourself: Ever catch yourself doing it?! Don't worry, talking to yourself can be a good thing. Helps you organize your thoughts, put things in perspective and feel motivated. Not sure about doing so in the 3rd person though, like you are somebody else, as this article suggests. Personally, I always talk directly to myself in the first person ... hmmm ... but to each their own, especially if it works. Right, me? Yup! @ NYT


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