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Monday, 3 July 2017

Oh Cannabis Summer News + Views!

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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

Canada's Provincial Premiers issue a joint communique asking Trudeau to clarify how they can realistically implement legalization before Canada Day, July 1st 2018. Otherwise they're going to want the deadline extended. The Prime Minister claims he's sticking to his plan, whatever that might be ..... Note how everybody is still singing from his hopped up Reefer Madness Prohibition 2.0 Safety Songbook. Regretfully, Trudeau and the Premiers still seem to think that more policing, regulations and corporate control are somehow going to help them "get this right". More below and see the cross Canada coverage @ Star and @ Post and @ Globe and @ Gazette and @ CBC

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

C-45: Canada's Cannabis Act: Here's a brief legal backgrounder on the legalization bill for the concerned recreational and/or medical cannabis user who's just getting up to speed on the issues. Also, see the many links in past editions of my Oh Cannabis News y Views. More @ Slaw



Health Cannabis: Absurdly, Health Canada is denying that there's a critical shortage of medical cannabis in our country, as the legalization date for recreational cannabis approaches. We patients know that's total BS. The situation only seems to be getting worse, leaving many skeptics wondering whether the Trudeau government is secretly planning to break it's 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 actually bragging that they're out to stir up shit for the First Nation cannabis dispensaries popping up at the Tyendinaga Reserve south of Belleville, Ontario [See my review below ...]! They're demanding that the reserve police and council explain why the dispensaries are being allowed, while others across Canada, despite a dire shortage of medical weed, are being busted big time prior to "legalization" next year! So ....  Will controversial reserve Police Chief Ron Maracle come to the lackey "Quinte News" rescue 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 are all ready going up in smoke under a dark black cloud of broken promises?!? Check out the "News Story" [and one uses the term lightly ....] @ Quinte

More Reefer Madness: Police Chief Ron Maracle evokes the absurd specter of fentanyl laced weed, which the dispensaries DON'T sell, 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

Getting it Wrong: Reefer Madman + Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister claims that "youth fatalities" from legal weed in Oregon and Colorado [?!?], along with fears of the Hells Angels taking over Canada's cannabis trade [?!?], mean that legalization should be delayed @ CTV

The Inside Dope: A grave injustice was committed under "Prohibition 1.0" in making cannabis 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. Canadian cannabists and our grass root cannabiz entrepreneurs are now being busted in record numbers! Moreover, our vulnerable minority groups are being prosecuted 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 suffering grave injustice, being incorporated into the government's plans? Something very rotten is obviously going on with Trudeau's corporate weed agenda. Few Canadians 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! There's strength in numbers! More of us need to take a stand! The time for action is now, not later on, when it's too late! More @ Star

No 2 Corporate Weed: Canuck cannabis legal advocate and prof Alan Young critiques the multinational corporations, crown agencies, venture capitalists, predatory stockbrokers and corporate stakeholders lining up to cash in on legal cannabis. The discredited "War on Drugs" aka "Prohibition 1.0" didn't work before. Over regulation and greed aren't the way to go now. Is he being too "idealistic"? Alas! Alan's argument just makes too much sense! Read and weep @ Globe


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

BS 101? Trudeau has vaguely hinted at an amnesty for those convicted of possession later on in the legalization process, but police busts continue in record numbers @ Global

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 treaties falsely lump cannabis in together with lots of other much more dangerous substances. They were signed under intense US pressure as part and parcel of Prohibition 1 during the original reefer madness era! Still, Canada supposedly takes pride on standing by it's treaties, and a one year notice is required to legally withdraw! The supposedly enlightened Canadian government's plan to somehow deal with this sensitive UN issue remains a complete mystery, increasingly calling into 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

Point/ Counterpoint: How the US Federal Department of Justice [DOJ] can reverse state legalization plans @ DS Here's why it won't work @ WR and @ BuzzF

Nevada Weed: What can we lean about the "adult-use" sale of cannabis one week after it was legalized in Nevada? Demand was very strong. Line ups long. Revenues high. The tax dollars are rolling in big time. And 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 rash of crazed, alt fact, reefer madness myths and evil half truths now 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 Theresa May managing to hold onto power, if only just barely, the future still doesn't look very promising @ Mari

Exit -Stage Right? Reefer Mad Woman and British PM Theresa May still spews the same old, tired, discredited lies that cannabis is a gateway drug for heroin. Also that it leads to suicide! For shame @ Herb
 
GREEN MARKETING


Check out this site ....

Tyendinaga Dispensaries: The good folks at the Mohawk reserve south of Belleville Ontario show us how it's done right! The Warriors at Legacy 420 [Here] have even set up a weed superstore of sorts! [See below ...] Check out their wide array of buds [$8-12g], and shatter [$50-70g]. Also the excellent selection of home baked medibles, infused soft drinks, candies, pipes, bongs and assorted weed paraphernalia. The Little Chiefs at Forever Green [Link] are smokin' up a storm with their oils, Stortz + Bickell vaporizers, top notch strains and medibles. There's no shortage of shops stocking lots of different strains, where you can also compare prices too. Loved the "God Bud" and "Pink Rock Star" at Smoke on the Water [Link]. Also that Big Greens [Link] and Field of Dreams [613-743-4202] provide a drive through service. Staff are very friendly, helpful and relaxed. The shops are wheelchair accessible and bust free. Remember, there are NO TAXES on the reserve! Gas costs about 10-15 cents a litre less than anywhere else. Please DO NOT HESITATE to support these fine indigenous dispensaries, operating free from Trudeau's greedy corporate clutches, at the Mohawk Tyendinaga Reserve! More @ APTN and @ CanDig


 Indigenous Cannabis: Where it's at!

Legacy 420's new 7500 square foot headquarters and dispensary is now open for business, as of "Canada Day", or rather "Cannabis Day" 2017. The Ontario Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association [OIMCA] notes that there are currently 16 dispensaries on the Tyendinaga reserve. They are helping guarantee medical patients their constitutional right to access cannabis. Also, to assert the First Nation's "aboriginal right" to cannabis, if there's any real question @ IC

MIMCA [National Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association: As "a sovereign people on sovereign land" Canada's First Nation's aren't waiting around for Trudeau to legislate and regulate, before they set up their own aboriginal cannabis industry on reserve lands across Canada. The aim? To help lift themselves out of poverty. Also, to help battle Canada's opiod crisis @ MG

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! In Canada too? @ Guard


Faces of Cannabis: A new Lift ad campaign wants to change our perceptions about whom actually smokes pot in Canada, calling into question many of the negative public stereotypes and prejudices about toker's today. Lift hopes the cannabis community will become more open about our use, now that the herb's being legalized in Canada. Turns out Canadians' can take great pride in that our toker's truly represent quite an everyday, inclusive, intergenerational and multicultural mix! Very Canadian eh! @ 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, you should share your weed when you join in a "smoke circle". Here are ten etiquette tips to practice and know, to make for a kool scene with lots of good vibes @ 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 over and over, again and again and again .... Plus that there's all ready been a shitload of lies, deceit and manipulation by the powers that be about weed, throughout the years. Maybe now too? @ 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 know and like 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 

Higher Ground: Teaching young people good decision making skills, not just for drugs but for life in general, would be much better then many of the half baked, ludicrous Reefer Madness 1.0 and 2.0 "safety lessons" being considered by the self professed experts @ Seattle

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!


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

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 Anxiety: How toking weed can help @ Civ

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


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

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

Herb? Ganja? Doobie? Chronic? Boo? Hash? Lotsa weed slang terms and why we use them @ WR


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


The Baddest: Yup! Bob Marley's half brother Bunny Wailer [from the original "Wailers" ....get it?!?] is still alive and well and smoking his pipe! Every so often he comes out of seclusion from his rasta, beach retreat in Jamaica. Here's Bunny's latest video with Ruffi-Ann! Oh Gosh! @ Youtube


COMMENTS:

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Teacher Free Speech Summer 2017 News y Views!

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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

BC Goes NDP: 2 months after the provincial election, British Columbia's new NDP government is finally sworn into office, ending 16 years of Liberal rule. The New Democrats might very well be missing in action in federal politics, but not so at the provincial level @ CBC

Ontario PC Opposition Leader Pat Brown is laying low and playing his cards very close to the chest, during the run up to next spring's provincial election. Meanwhile, his "Progressive Conservative" [ahem!] party is very busy laying the groundwork for an election breakthrough in northwestern Ontario, to help topple the very unpopular Wynne Liberals. Will rising electricity rates prove to be the winning PC ticket? @ TVO

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 "dislike" polling has hit 70% in the states. Pretty close! So maybe those folks can be forgiven? Quick! Don't think too much! Somebody go tell them they can still at least 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

"Oligarchical Rigging 101" or "Try It On 4 Size": True to form, the Democrats continue to play the Russia card, hooking up with the Bush era Neocons, to plot the next Cold War sans the Trumpster. Ironically, regardless of whether the Donald's been playing footsies with Putin or not, in his arrogance and stupidity, he's playing right into their hands. Trump should be red in the face over how he's mishandling the Russia conspiracy stories, but he's not. With mid term congressional elections next year, is he painting himself and the GOP into the traitor's corner? @ Intercept


Single Payer Health Care? As the Republicans continue to flail at repealing and replacing Obamacare, the Democrats toy with the increasingly popular idea of a single-payer healthcare act, like we have in Canada. But will they actually stand up to the big health insurance company bosses? Provide a credible alternative to the GOP in the Tweedle Dee / Tweedle Dum world of American oligarchical politics, circa 2017? Their "leadership" says no! More @ Huff

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

White Privilege RIP: White Christians are now officially a "shrinking majority". They only make up 45% of the total population in the US. So, how can they re-engage in public life? From this new, unfamiliar, minority position? Where one no longer holds all the cards in their hand? Perhaps the reactionary backlash against anybody and everybody else, both at home and abroad who stands in the way of privilege, has hit it's high water point with President Trump. However, some terrible precedents for the future are also being set. What happens once the chairs are reversed, and one no longer holds the winning suite? Consider @ Atlantic

Civilian Casualties: US coalition air strikes against the ISIS evil doers have already killed 2,200 civilians in the Middle East during Trump's first 6 months in office. That's more than Obama racked up in 8 years! So does that mean that the ... ahem ... good guys are finally winning? And um ..... aren't Canada's CF-18 jet fighters over there too?!? Could it be we also have some blood on our hands here in the Peaceful Kingdom?!?" @ Independent

President Trump -The Decline + Fall of the American Empire: A dire prospectus for the years' ahead @ Intercept

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 klownish 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


Cuba Si! Undaunted, the Cuban's wait for the other shoe to drop following Trump's foreign policy reversal on normalizing relations with Cuba. What will it actually mean? What will he really do? And are they afraid? What many pundit's forget is that the Cuban's have "been there, done that" with the nasty business many times before, through 11 previous presidents. Not only have they managed to survive the US embargo and CIA sponsored "Operation Mongoose" terrorist attacks. They've even created a functional, independent, post colonial state. Despite the high cost, that's no mean feat for the region! Of course they'd welcome more economic prosperity. But not so, a return to the bad old days of Yankee exploitation, especially under the incredulous Donald Trump @ Granma

Another Cuba? Bolivian President Evo Morales declares "total independence" from the World Bank and the IMF. He's been resisting their austerity measures in favour of increases to Bolivia's health, education, and poverty reduction programs since he was first elected in 2006. That's big news throughout the America's, but not up here to the north. Now watch for the pre-requisite Bolivian alt fact, bad news stories and an international crisis to soon unfold, as if on cue. An example will need to be made, in case anybody else gets the wrong idea! As with Cuba, or even Venezuela, you can bet the "freedom loving" Donald Trump won't like it, whatever's happening, independence and social justice be damned! But is Amerika still calling the shots around the world, or if so, for how much longer? In the Age of Trump, everything's changing and progressing, though perhaps not in the way he might think! More @ Telesur

KULTURE KULT INK


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"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

Georgia Straight: Vancouver's "hippie newspaper", celebrates 50 years of ruffling feathers at city hall @ CBC

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