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Sunday, 1 July 2018

Oh Cannabis Summer 2018 News Y Views!

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HEADLINES

Canada is the First Nation in The Developed World, the Second Country After Uruguay, to Legalize Recreation Cannabis! See "Oh Cannabis"

Ontario Cannabis Act: Premier Ford? NDP's Andrea Horwath? Lounges? Dispensaries? What next???

Canadian Legalization Presents A Big Challenge To the US and G7! See "In The News".

Legalization Updates: US! Uruguay! Jamaica! Etc! Etc! Etc!

US is a patchwork of different state laws on legal cultivation and retail sales. See "In The News"!

Canadian Legalization Will Be A Legal Mess! See "Oh Cannabis".

Canada's First Nations Assert Weed Sovereignty On Treaty Lands! See "Green Marketing".

Who Will Win: Price Pot  Quality? The Canadian Government's Corporate Legal Verses Free Market Weed?!? See " Green Marketing" and "Higher Learning".

Canadian tokers, investors and cannabiz types face a lot of hassles at the US border! See "Oh Canada"!

No pot amnesty in Canada! See "Oh Canada" and "Higher Learning"!

Canuck Med Pot impaired driving and prescription tax woes! See "Oh Canada"!

Across Canada legalization reports! See "Oh Canada"!

Marijuana is a dirty word. Call it cannabis, weed, pot, anything else! Here's why! See at "High Times"!

More Reefer Madness Movie Links! Der Beatles! Cab Calloway! See at "High Times!" 

OH CANNABIS



Canada Legalizes It: With a 56 to 30 Senate vote, Canada's unjust cannabis law's finally go kaput, ending 95 years of Prohibition 1.0! They've been replaced by our new, long awaited Cannabis Act, as promised by the Trudeau government during the 2014 Federal Election. So, is it cause for celebration? Across Canada? From sea to shining sea? Hardly. The initial domestic news reports are extremely guarded. They tout a new, very uptight Prohibition 2.0 focus on strict policing, health, safety measures and a very controversial new corporate Neo Lib regulatory regime. Welcome to our new Canadian cannabis millennium, while we sort out the awful legal mess that's sure to follow for many years @ CBC @ CBC

Ready, Steady, Toke: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has set October 17th 2018 as the date for legal government weed to go on sale. That's long after the original "Canada Day" date of July 1st previously being kicked around, ostensibly due to a lot of long, drawn out, and ultimately futile Senate delays. Still, the long delay could scare away a lot of pot tourism dollars this summer. Also possibly throw cold water on some long awaited, high time, legal summer fun ... But ... But .. But who's waiting?!? @ CBC



October 17th Eh?! Plan to disobey! There's been nothing but delays, delays and more delays to overturn our unjust cannabis laws. Now the legal market's being handed over to Trudeau's corporate Neo lib cronies, whom are planning to just sell us shit. This definitely calls for a little civil disobedience. What did David Henry Thoreau say? "Anyone in a free society where the laws are unjust has an obligation to break the law" Nuff said! @ TSun

Med Pot: There won't be any HST or Excise tax break for medical cannabis patients. So -A tax on prescription drugs?!? Tell me what's wrong here @ CBC



No Cannabis Amnesty: Activist-Entrepreneur Jodie Emery is distressed that the Trudeau government still hasn't offered an amnesty, pardon, or for that matter compensation for those members of Canada's cannabis community whom were arrested, charged and/or convicted under prohibition @ CTV

We Need Mass Pardons: Legalization alone isn't enough for justice to be served @ WP

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale promises the federal government will try to make it "fair" if you have a criminal record for possession sometime after October 17th. However, there are more than a few caveats @ Star

Bill Blair -Minister of Marijuana? Nope. Turns out former Toronto police chief Bill Blair will remain in charge of the "legalization and strict regulation of cannabis" as Trudeau's second in command to Ralph Goodale in the Ministry of Public Safety portfolio @ IPol

Senate Amendments: Most of the numerous, reefer madness, Senate Amendments to our new Cannabis Act were rejected or changed by the House of Commons before the bill became law. Beware: That includes a limit on the THC count of your government weed, which the Feds could still try to enforce anyway. Here's what's changed or stayed the same @ BSL PDF

Indigenous Weed: Legal cannabis provided many challenges for our Indigenous First Nation peoples. Lots more links below in "Green Marketing". Also @ NP

No THC Limits: Seems Canada's legally licensed producers have dodged a definite death bullet. Senate plans to limit the amount of THC allowed for dried flower has been killed. Still, that doesn't necessarily mean the government stores will sell it. Most of the licensed strains I've seen are usually only in the 10-20% THC range tops. In the underground market? Sativa's are easily 25% plus! More @ CLN

Cannabis Licenses: Here's an overview of what's been approved @ CLN

Grow Yer Own: It was a real nail biter, but the House of Commons also overturned a Senate amendment that would've let the provinces individually ban the home cultivation of up to 4 plants as per our new federal cannabis law. Expect lengthy court battles as Quebec, Manitoba and Nunavut try to fight back @ CBC



Canuck Legalization: Reefer Madness Galore! 

Outdoor Crops: Ottawa will legalize outdoor cannabis crops for it's licensed producers @ Globe

Second Wave: Additional legislation allowing some wiggle room for Canada's "micro producers and processors" offers hope that there might still be a little room for Canada's small craft cannabiz growers, producers and sellers will within the government's tightly regulated, corporate,  cannabis model. Activist-Entrepreneur Lisa Campbell explains @ Now

Boo Boo BaJoob: Canada's venerable Walrus magazine, perhaps out of misplaced nationalist fervour, jumps on the Corporate Neo Lib Weed bandwagon, with an article touting Canada as the next "marijuana" [not cannabis?!] superpower. Alas. Among all the hearty praise for Trudeau's stock tickered "Licensed Producers" the Walrus now uncritically joins in the Prohibition 2.0 chorus that "continued crackdowns on local dispensaries operating in the grey market might be necessary to guide buyers to the new storefronts". For shame. Hopefully, there will be a rebuttal @ Walrus 

Canada Craft Cannabis: Health Canada announces new micro and standard licenses for cannabis processors, producers, nurseries, industrial hemp, research, analytical testing and medical sales. Perhaps there's hope yet that our corporate Neo Lib feds won't just try to stomp out Canada's thriving underground, free market,  cannabiz industry jack boot style, come October 17th? Don't hold your breath. They've been real jerks. More @ HT

Help Wanted: Canada's licensed producers are on a pot hiring spree as the legalization date finally approaches. I'm retired and too old for this now, plus I enjoy my independence. Still, there are many of you whom have suffered very long and hard. Dunno if you can get on board with the corporate bad boys and still keep your principles intact, but best wishes. You've certainly earned the chance! More @ CBC Some food for thought @ My Tweed Blog

Pills Not Pot: Ontario's Disability Support Program won't cover cannabis prescriptions. Nope! Seems they are still too busy pushing pills @ HT

Medical Pot Drivers: New government rules could discriminate against med pot patients who toke. Saliva tests are dubious at best. Expect a lot of court challenges ahead @ Star

Fact or Fiction: The Trudeau government's new cannabis driving laws are very flawed because so little real research has actually been done. Medical cannabis drivers face the most problems due to the constant presence of THC in our system. Still, there's so many grey areas and deep doubts about the facts of driving stoned, that even the recreational user who get's busted will want to challenge it in court @ Straight




Across Canada, from sea to shiny sea ...

Government Nippers: Overtly strict and oppressive government regulations are threatening to nip legal weed in the bud across Canada, assuring the continued growth of our underground cannabiz economy. In short, in their greed and ignorance, they are making it impossible to legally compete @ ESun

High Security: Some Quebec retailers figure they'll need to use barbed wire and bullets to protect their inventory of weed at night, in order to meet Health Canada's strict security standards. Ooooookay @ Gazette

Ontario -A Place 2 Grow? OCS [Ontario Cannabis Store] officials are trying to strong arm already hard pressed licensed suppliers to produce $7.50 a gram weed, including taxes, for when they open for business October 17th. If so, sounds like they'll be selling bush weed to me. Hope you like smoking crud. The again, there's always the grow your own option or our already existing and flourishing, reasonably priced, top quality underground Ontario cannabiz market! Hmmmm. Decisions. Decisions. Decisions .... The OCS or .... or ... More @ 420

Manitoba Blows It: Get this, the province wants to apply an additional 6% "social responsibility fee" to retail revenue, but still provide cheap, safe weed to undercut the underground market. That's on top of the greedy governmental pricks other cash grabs; a 75 cents per gram mark up and the 9% wholesale tax. So much for price point. Bet the street dealers are cheering that boo boo! Big time! Duh @ CTV

Alberta Gardening Centres will be able to sell growing supplies but not plants or seeds. They are planning to fight it. Good move. After all, they are the horticulture specialists. Seems a natural fit @ CTV

Low Times In Saskatchewan: Apparently, the provincial government is planning to hire underage buyers for a big, nasty dispensary sting operation commencing this fall @ HT

Not In My Back Yard: Cannabis storefronts won't be permitted in the affluent suburb of Vancouver West. The lower mainland cities of Richmond, Delta and Maple Ridge either @ GStraight

BC Blows It: Might not matter much. British Columbia's legal cannabis retail rules and procedures are so strict and uptight, that they'll prove disastrous for anybody who tries to do it by the books, anyway @ GStraight



Newly Elected Ontario Premier Druggie Ford is promising more consultation on retail cannabis sales. He might be more open to a privatized, free market approach to cannabis sales in our province than the outgoing, Wynne, Corporate, Neo Libs, but don't hold your breath. Druggie Dougie wants to see how well the government monopoly Wynne set up works first. But just watch! After all he was a hash dealer. Let's hope he knows the score @ Global @ Globe

Privatize: Speculation is rife that the Premier is about to abandon the previous Wynne government's corporate weed monopoly plans and privatize recreational cannabis sales in Ontario. It may be a sop to the left to weaken NDP support. Then again, it could also be a new, welcome focus on grassroots, free enterprise that can and should be celebrated by right and left wingers alike. No doubt this man is going to cause us ALOT of grief as progressives in countless other ways. Consider this our boobie prize @ Globe @ Lift @ Vice @ FPost 

OCS Lease Freeze: The Ford government halts leasing OCS: Ontario Cannabis Store locations prior to the October 17th legalization date further fuelling speculation of a shift to non government run licensed dispensaries @ MJB

No OCS Hiring Freeze: Meanwhile, the Ford government inexplicably continues to hire workers for the OCS despite the leasing freeze .... So, are we looking at a mixed model of government and private dispensaries? Also remember, his buddy OPSEU President Smokey Thomas had been promised that the bud tenders and other staff at the OCS would be unionized workers by Wynne. So is this Ford's two part solution? @ Global



Puleeeze! Legal Canuck Weed Must Not Suck!

Big Weed: Then again, let's not get our hopes too high ... Kaff ...Kaff ... Kaff ... Canada's licensed producers want first dibs on any private Ontario dispensaries after years of trying to force the indies out of business. Think Project Claudia and Gator. Grrrrrr @ Vice

Vape It: Ford has also halted any additional anti-vaping rules that were supposed to come into effect July 1st under the Wynne government's Smoke Free Ontario Act. Perhaps this will help open the door to legal lounges in our fair province?!? @ Star

Bad Biz: Ontario is now widely being encouraged to reconsider it's government cannabis retail monopoly. It will be little able to compete with the underground market, nor come anywhere close to meeting demand, for some time to come @ MBD

Ontario's Cannabis Act: Recreational cannabis will now be legal across Canada, and of course here in Ontario. So what does that actually mean for you as a toker? Your new rights and/ or lack thereof are @ Dankr

Condo Ban Update: Realtors, property management, condo boards and apartment landlords are continuing to try to ban pot smoking from their buildings as reported in my recent blog. [BLOG] They might not be able to grandfather you anymore but watch out, they're still very heavy handed and sneaky! At least this "smoke free condo" building is going to allow you to vape @ Now

No Vaping or Toking: Both medical and recreational cannabis are banned from the workplace and most public spaces outside your own home. Looks like vaping lounges will be verboten too @ HRR



"Pot Racism North" or "It Can't Happen Here, Eh": Canada's afro and indigenous people continue to get arrested for weed the most, even though the herb has all but been legalized! A shocking expose @ Vice

Border Alert: Beware! Canadian travellers could get in deep shit at the US border by letting the guards know that you smoke pot! Even though it's legal here and in many US states? Yup! You could get banned from ever entering the United States again! No more cross border shopping for you! Bad Canuck! Bad! Bad! Go figure @ Vice @ CBC

Pot Investors and other cannabiz industry types could also face a lot of trouble crossing the border to travel in the US too. Possibly even a lifetime travel ban @ CTV @ CBC

IN THE NEWS



US Home Cannabis Cultivation Guide: Here's where you legally stand, state by state across the US, as a medical or recreational cannabist seeking to grow a little boo @ Leafly

US Couch Lock Activism: Here's how to help legalize the bud in 10 battleground states without leaving the comfort of your couch @ HT

Burned: The Senate Appropriations Committee foolishly torches a promising cannabis banking bill so it goes up in smoke, burning prospects of job growth and economic growth in the lucrative weed sector of the US economy @ Forbes

Weed World: The US might still be [or not be] the "leader of the free world" but no matter, for us! Apparently, with legalization, Canada is now the "leader of the weed world". That presents many challenges stateside and for our G7 partners @ RS @ Vox

Canadian Legalization Despite it's many flaws, it's still a big international game changer at the UN and on the world political stage! Here's why @ 420

"Worldwide Headlines" or "Look Ma! We Made The News!": See how the international media have covered legalization here in Canada @ CTV

Southern View: Here's how Canadian legalization was reported in the US. Of course, as is pointed out, Canada is the second country to legalize cannabis, after Uruguay @ CNN

Legal Uruguay: Only the government can legally sell weed. The low THC count buds cost $1 a gram at the pharmacy. Otherwise you can grow your own, share or join a cannabis club, but absolutely no selling weed .... Uruguay is onto something! The public good truly comes first before the dollar$ and cent$ @ CNN



When Prohibition becomes a life and death matter ...

Head Shot: Nigerian police allegedly shoot a toker in the arm, then in the head as he pleads for mercy, after being caught smoking weed. Whoa! No! No! No! OMG -Pure evil @ WUN

Pennsylvania State Police chase and kill suspected small time pot grower in country field with a helicopter and a .... bulldozer?!? Thankfully, NORML is onto this @ Leafly


Legal World: More and more countries across the world are increasingly reforming,  decriminalizing or easing their cannabis laws. Leading the pack are Jamaica, besides Uruguay and Canada are the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Columbia and Australia @ HighTimes

Black = Busted: Mass arrests of black folks, for something as simple as attending a party where weed is being smoked, continue unabated across the US. Meanwhile white folks increasingly find themselves getting off scot free @ Huff

GREEN MARKETING



Mohawk Weed: First Nation dispensaries continue to grow across treaty land at the Tyendinaga Reserve outside Belleville Ontario much to the governments chagrin. Across Canada, our aboriginal entrepreneurs are asserting their sovereignty as a part of the new cannabiz economy, in no uncertain terms. Stay tuned for my reviews this summer while I'm out thattaway! More CBC

Treaty Land = Sovereign Weed: Dispensaries continue to flourish across the Mohawk reserve with the AFN, and the Chiefs of Ontario in talks with the federal and provincial government. Check for updates @ MBQ

Tyendinaga: Once again, I'm spending the summer in Land o' Lakes near the Mohawk reserve, where I sometimes drop by for some ... er ... camping supplies! More and more dispensaries continue to pop up everywhere. Legacy 420 has grown into a weed superstore of sorts. Smoke on the Water has expanded operations, added a pool table lounge at one store. B'Leaf, L'Eagle Dreams, the Pot Shop, and Oasis are very welcome additions. Expect lotsa bud, and medibles etc. etc. etc. Quality and service seem to vary this year. Prices vary and there are lots of great deals. Stay tuned for my live tweets @ davidchiarelli


Business Savvy: The Madawaska Maliseet First Nation Reserve is including indigenous cannabiz as a big part of it's growing business empire, a much welcome harbinger for better days to come @ CBC

Summertime RCMP Bust: 2 First Nation dispensaries have been busted on Treaty Land in Chilliwack BC. Almost sounds like police are trying to send them a warning shot, which one cannot see going over well, to say the least, with legal sales pending this fall @ Prog

Statistics Canada figures our price point for weed is about $7 a gram, well below what the legal crap will probably sell for with HST and Excise taxes added in our government licensed stores. Hell, there's plenty of $150 ounces for sale on Weed Maps Toronto, or for that matter at the Mohawk reserve, and it's pretty decent too, in a pinch. Ummm. The government stores don't plan on on any bulk discounts either .... Maybe you shouldn't invest too much in our LP [Licensed Producer] stocks?! @ Global

Jah Ganga: Jamaican weed will be making it's way onto the Canadian medical cannabis menu at 3 government licensed LP's @ Now



Trailer Park Boys y Snoop Dogg Beware!

Lazy Hazy Boundaries: Canada's new cannabis advertising restrictions are hazy at best, when it comes to celebrity endorsements, testimonials and depictions of people, animals and characters; fake or real. Seems the government is willing to just let the courts work it all  out @ Leafly

Big Alcohol Verses The Green Wave: Rather than fight it, US beer, wine and spirit companies are now looking at marketing THC infused drinks @ Forbes

Jodie's Joint: Cannabis Culture Activist-Entrepreneur Jodie Emery has opened a new cannabis themed coffee shop in Toronto's Kensington Market, despite some earlier "Fake News" setbacks, as reported here. More @ CBC

Sea of Green: Remember Jamie McConnell and the "good buds" at Marc y Jodie's Emery's Toronto Cannabis Culture shops? They helped run the dispensaries, even took over Marc's 461 Church St digs, after the Emery's were busted in the Project Gator raids. Well, a lot of them are still around carrying on the activist-entrepreneur good fight and still selling great weed. Jamie's "Sea of Green" dispensary is now located on Weston Rd in Toronto's West End @ SOG and @ CBC

HIGHER LEARNING



Lit As Ever: Cannabis Culture Activist-Entrepreneur Jodie Emery succinctly explains where Trudeau's Corporate Neo Lib government has gone wrong with legalization, while providing a scathing critique of their new prevailing reefer madness mindset under Prohibition 2.0. Hooray Jodie @ Youtube

Money Talks: After all is said and done, it wasn't the high minded, legal principles of justice and fair play that led to legal pot in Canada. Far from it! Rather the sheer corporate hunger and greed for big, cash dividends prevailed. NORML's Alan Young explains how the Trudeau Liberals ultimately did the right thing but for the wrong reasons; legalizing cannabis so that their big corporate buddies could cash in @ CBC and @ Globe

Free Market Pot: Canada has long had a thriving free enterprise, underground, craft cannabis market. The experts argue thats needed instead of, or the very least to supplement the dicey, Ontario government run, corporate monopoly being set up in our province @ MJBiz

Weed Data: Legalization means researchers can begin gathering previously unavailable health, criminology, and economic info that we couldn't get before to guide our public policy decisions. Hard facts will fill in the gaping holes now filled with fear mongering, guess work and conjecture. Don't be surprised if many of their findings undermine the erroneous assumptions upon which our legalization bill and it's attendant regulations are now based, opening up the doorway for change. More @  Wired

Statistics Canada's Cannabis Stats Hub: For government info on health, justice, and economic issues, as well as weed prices across Canada, visit them @ StatsCan 



Islam's Complicated History With Weed: Yes, it's usually strictly forbidden, but it has quite a history nonetheless. Plus they seem to prefer hash. Check out the scene in Afghanistan, Morocco, Turkey and Iran @ Prohbtd

China's Complicated History With Weed: China has. been growing weed since 10,000 BC and currently produces half the world's crop. Furthermore a lot of Canada's weed crop is illegally sold to China as well. As far as weed patents go too, they are the world's biggest player. Much of the Chinese weed is hemp. It's still illegal to toke the good stuff there, but for how much longer? More @ Forbes

Amerika's Complicated History With Weed: And nope. The higher powers ... heh heh er .... still haven't figured out what to do about it in the US either @ GE



Dana: Nope! Rest assured -It won't kill you!

Reefer Madness 101: Cannabis activist Dana Larsen explains why Canadian Press claims that cannabis kills 8,851 of us annually, is complete and utter bullshit @ GStraight

Marijuana is A Racist Term: One hates to be politically correct, but please! Please! Please! Call it "cannabis", "weed", "boo", or what have you! Know that "marijuana", despite it's common usage, is a hurtful, derogatory word born of racist prohibition @ Guardian


HIGH TIMES



The Lonely Planet Guide To Legal Pot in Canada: Hmmm. What more can I possibly say? @ LP

High Hopes: The sixties and seventies were a "dope time" for cannabis. Weed was considered an integral social and political part of the "hippy" counter culture movement. On the downside, the THC count of our pot was a lot lower and we got a lot of seeds and stem in the bag too. Remember when @ GH



The Beatles On Pot: Yes Sireee, the Fab 4 liked to smoke pot [and do acid and pills and and and ....]. Personally, I always thought Rubber Soul was the perfect weed album, though for some reason I really like to toke to Magical Mystery Tour too. Not to forget HelpRevolver, Sgt Peppers, Yellow Sub, The White Album, Abbey Road and on and on and on .... A review @ Youtube More @ Leafly

Yellow Submarine Revisited [Again]: The Beatle's animated psychedelic kult klassik has been reissued this summer for the umpteenth time. Must be coz of the trippy tunes. Also the groovy Peter Max graphics! Faaaaar out @ BBC



Reefer Man: Huzzah! Cab Calloway was everyone's main man for music, dance and good ol' fashioned reefer madness back in the 1930's @ Youtube

Hit That Jive Jack: Gramatik updates Cab's shtick for today's discerning reefer madman/ woman @ Youtube

Reefer Madness: Those of you whom follow my Twitter Feed will see the movie links I often post at 420. Yup! As crazy as these old weed movies where, they seemed very real at the time. Fooled a lot of folks. Created a stigma and consensus that cannabis was evil and bad, bad, very bad for you. It helps to laugh. We expose the lies for all to see. But it makes one wonder; what else are the powers that be still lieing about today eh? Hmmmm! Why not fire up a spliff! Lie back! Ponder the infinite and enjoy these parodies! "Marijuana Ed 101 -1950 Style" @ Youtube "Demon Weed -An Educational Film" @ Youtube "Devil's Grass -A Silent Film" @ Youtube



Indigenous Cannabis Music Fest: Lotsa high times are coming on August 11th to the Tyendinaga Mohawk Reserve, just a few minutes drive from Belleville Ontario. Headliners The Headstones share the stage with DJ Shubs,  Drezus, Eric Landry, Derek Miller, Murray PorterLogan Staats and many other kool indigenous musical acts who'll be on hand to help supply the appropriate cannabis tuneage. Plus there'll be tons of weed to smoke, a food court, and overnight camping too. Sponsored by Legacy 420! Yummy! See you there! More @ Exclaim



COMMENTS

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Teacher Free Speech Summer 2018 News y Views!

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EDUCATION BEAT

Sex Ed Chopping Block: Premier Doug Ford is promising to "repeal and replace" sex education in Ontario's classrooms despite warnings from educators that it's a bad move. So much for teaching "consent" and recognizing "diversity" and "inclusiveness" within our province. But the premier's social conservative backers won't have it any other way @ Globe

Sex Ed ConsContrary to popular misconception, Ontarians' were widely consulted on the province's 2015 sex ed curriculum. It's focus on consent, cyber safety and gender identity had all three party support. It was soundly based upon widespread, leading, expert advice for keeping our youth safe and healthy as we enter the new millennium. However, during the spring provincial election, some pretty mean spirited, extremist, right wing, social conservative lobbyists made a secret backroom deal with our new premier. He is acting upon now that now, among his first acts in office, in ways that clearly don't protect the better interests of our modern, inclusive society @ Huff

Tanya Gracie Allen leads the social conservative charge to "repeal and replace" Ontario's leading edge sex ed program. She explains how and why it must be nixed @ PM

Social Conservative Televangelist Charles McVety, a Ford booster, is now calling in the chips for his election support, in getting Doug to axe the sex ed program. The ugly behind the scenes story is @ PressProg



Meet MOE [Minister of Education] Lisa Thompson: She once defended the very sex ed curriculum she's now repealed as part of Premier Doug Ford's Social Conserative offensive @ PressProg

PC MPP Sam Oosterhoff has been named Parliamentary Assistant to the Lisa Thompson, our new Minister of Education. The young whipper snapper is eager to get back to the "drawing board" so he can help make our sex ed programs adhere to yesteryear's, outdated, social conservative values @ SCS @ Xtra

Human Rights Issue: United Church Minister and former NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo explains how Ontario's sex ed reversal is rooted in a very misguided and unChristian opposition to LGBTQ rights @ UCOb

TDSB Sex Ed Bluez: Toronto public school board expresses their serious concern over not teaching the inclusive 2015 sex ed program.  A failure to do so might violate the Ontario Human Rights Code, Education Act and their own board policies. Expect some Supreme Court challenges ahead @ TDSB

Going Backward: Ontario's OECTA Catholic teachers warn that Fords Sex Ed repeal will harm their students. President Liz Stuart explains @ PressProg



Dept. Of Dirty Secrets: Get this -Deputy Premier Christine Elliott advises teachers to meet privately with their students to discuss the controversial LGBTQ and consent issues etc. etc. that have now been chopped from the Sex Ed curriculum. The province's teacher unions and boards quickly oppose the notion. Not only is it highly inappropriate but doing so could put the unfortunate teachers career in jeopardy if their actions or words are misconstrued. The NDP's Andrea Horwath says enough with the 'dirty secrets' approach. Just goes to show how little the new PC government understands the education portfolio! Hold onto your hats ..... More trouble ahead @ CBC

LGBTQ Students are particularly vulnerable and at risk as a result of Fords "repeal and replace" of Ontario's sex ed curriculum @ 519

A young gay man explains what happens when sex ed classes fail to represent LGBTQ youth and teach them about relationships too @ Xtra

Download Ontario's 2015 Sex Ed Curriculum Guide aka "Health and Physical Education Grade 1-8" before it disappears from view @ ON.CA

Sign The Petition: Doug Ford -Keep Ontario's Sex-Ed Curriculum! @ HERE!



School Funding Attack: The new Ford government attempts to balance the provincial budget on the back of Ontario's schools. Much needed school repair funds are slashed, along with some very important, summer, curriculum workshops @ Globe

Austerity Binge: $100 million in badly needed school repairs have been cancelled. The NDP's Peggy Sattler questions the Ford government's priorities while explaining why this is a very bad idea @ ONDP

Colleges Academic and Applied Trades Task Force is also  quietly cut mid summer by the Ford PC's without advance warning or notice. It was set up after last fall's college strikes to address issues of academic governance structures and precarious work. The aim was so to reduce labour-management turmoil over issues like "casualization"; the replacement of stable full-time jobs for short, part time or contract work. So much for that @ Sarasoapbox

Ontario Truth and Reconciliation?: Indigenous educators and elders express their concern over the Ford government's cancellation of  a TRC curriculum rewrite that would've helped increased indigenous content in our province's school's @ CBC @ Star

Nishnawbe Aski Nation speaks out against this grave step backwards from truth sharing and reconciliation @ NAN



Everyday Ontario Teachers had already eagerly begun implementing the new province's new TRC curriculum to better help their students understand our indigenous peoples history and culture in the face of past and present injustice @ ON

ETFO: Ontario's public elementary teacher union has been working long and hard on developing TRC. They speak out @ ETFO Also, on the terrible situation with our crumbling schools @ ETFO

MOE No: As the shit hits the fan, the Ford government explains that the curriculum writing sessions were cut by ministry bureaucrats, not the Ontario Ministry of Education itself, as a cost saving "austerity" measure. They argue they are just on "pause", tho no further details are forthcoming @ Star

No 2 Ford: Premier Dougie seems unaware of the TRC recommendation that it be taught in our schools, rather than covered up and ignored, so that justice can be served. There's even more injury and insult. Meanwhile, he has also rolled Indigenous Affairs into the Energy Mines and Northern Development portfolio, eliminating it as a specific cabinet post @ IPol

Teacher Charged: A Toronto teacher is charged after a student drowns on a school field trip to Algonquin Park. Truly, it's an awful tragedy. But note how the school admin and board culpability isn't even an issue. That's because they legally wash their hands of the whole affair, often fearlessly sending staff off on mission impossible with their hands tied behind their back, when it comes to extracurricular activities, long a bone of union-management contention. Teachers -proceed with extreme caution! Or perhaps, alas, not at all, when it comes to school trips @ OC

Janus Decision: The US Supreme Court targets union membership dues in a vicious right wing attack on America's flourishing, activist, teacher movement and other more challenged US labour groups @ NYT

OH CANADA


Harris Redux: In the wake of the election of PC Neo Conster Premier Doug Ford, Ontario's right and left mobilize for a 90's style Harris Era fight to the death befitting the new millennium. Some opening volley's: The view from the right @ Sun @ Rebel And the view from the left @ FB @ Now

By The Numbers: How PC Doug Ford won the Ontario election according to one polling company, Pollara Strategic Insights. Basic focus is on perceived affordability of promises and that Ontario elections are fought and won in the political centre. Interesting, but will definitely look around for a second and third opinion. Despite Ford's win, more folks voted for NDP/ OLP social programs like universal daycare/ dental care and support services, which the PC's also paid lip service too. Perhaps we are looking at a subtle shift left/ centre left; the new middle ground? More @ Enterprise

Fight Back: Here's a Marxist take on the Ford win, and the collapse of Ontario's political centre. The NDP clearly failed to mobilize a mass movement against the status quo. So we progressives end up polarized on the left with a populist right winger for Premier instead. In short, Andrea Horwath is no Bernie Sanders. Then again, as the official opposition, and with the Liberals in ruin, the NDP certainly now has the platform and resources to really fight for change. That's if they've got it in them .... More @ Marxist.ca

"Pat Brown Tells All" or "Nothing But Secrets": Former PC leader Patrick Brown is writing a "tell all" book about his "political assassination" to be published this fall. Remember Patrick? How got dumped last minute in a surprise sex scandal? Then Dougie took over, and the PC platform got mysteriously dumped too? Stay tuned: Plenty of neo-conster fireworks are sure to follow! @ CTV



Racism Ontario Canada: In a Trump like gesture, Premier Ford decides to target immigrant asylum seekers to our province, in one of his first moves in office. PM Trudeau perhaps quite rightly accuses him of being ignorant of our obligations under international law. But sadly, the federal government isn't adequately providing the funding and resources we need to help properly accommodate them either, despite Trudeau's many kind words and sentiments @ Vice

Mulroney Revisited: Back in his day, former Canadian PC Prime Minister Brian Mulroney pragmatically embraced diversity and inclusion within the Conservative party. Today, a lot of his accolades are involved with the Ontario Ford PC government. It will be interesting to see how they will spin the immigrant vote in our very multicultural province, over the next four years @ Globe

No Janus Decision Here: In Canada we have a constitutional right to collective bargaining, unlike in the US. In 1991, our Supreme Court ruled in the unions favour in upholding the Rand formula, unlike the recent Janus decision stateside. That's because paying union dues does not violate our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms @ CanEnc @ GBP @ WP



UNIFOR: Don't be fooled into thinking all is well though! Canada's biggest and best organized union denounces the Ford Throne speech for failing to reflect worker priorities in our province. They outline their concerns. The gauntlet has been dropped. Dougie can expect a tough but fair union labour ride ahead @  UNIFOR

OFL: The same goes for the Ontario Federation of Labour @ OFL

Canada United: How did that happen?!? Thank Donald Trump, in this case, for achieving the impossible in a positive sense, and not for himself but for us @ Macleans

Canada Invades The US: Well, not really, we too nice for that, but one could make a very good case for it, as the Trumpster goes totally off the rails @ Macleans



Fake News North Is Very Busy Making Up Lotsa Terrorist Stories!

Toronto Shooter Faisal Hussain inexplicably opens fire on the Danforth injuring 13 bystanders and killing 2. Although it's still early in the investigation, it seems clear that he had a lot of mental issues. So what's the relationship between mental illness and violent crime? The link is not always as strong as we might think for most of the mentally ill @ Vice @ Star

Fake News Storm: Another flurry of false news stories followed the Danforth shooting, just like after the Yonge Street massacre this May. The Islamophob's were back in force. Even ISIS tried to claim blame. None of the claims, of course, were verifiable, and were quickly dispelled by Canadian authorities as patently false @ BuzzF

Toronto Sun: In particular, our infamous right wing Toronto tabloid is reduced to sheer hate mongering and conspiracy theories about Faisal Hussain in the wake of the Danforth shootings. "Journalists" Joe Warmington, Candice Malcolm, Anthony Furey and the appalling Sue Ann Levy are leading the hate cheerleading squad. Moreover, they've been working closely with Ezra Levant's Fox North style Rebel Media to help stir up lots and lots of Canuck hater shit, all of it fake. Check them out and beware. Ultra diverse  Toronto the Good doesn't need this BS @ PressProg

IN THE NEWS



Right Wing Horror Show: How the conservative news media in the US tried to manufacture consent for Trump's "child separation" immigration policy. Oh, and then he backed down. Kinda sorta @ Slate

White Fight: Trump is leading a GOP charge to preserve America's shrinking white majority. However the existing trends make demographic changes ahead inevitable. Hate to sound cliche, but what goes around, comes around. What better time than now to do-unto-others, but alas! Seems it's not to be @ Slate



"Fog of Trump" or "There's A Method 2 His Madness": Here are the 5 tactics that the Donald uses to confuse, bewilder and distract us from the real damage he is doing to the U.S of A's most valued and cherished democratic traditions and institutions @ RReich

Real Mike Pence: Meanwhile, the US VP for one, has been a very busy boy behind the scenes amassing great power, and exerting influence with impunity, while the Donald grabs all the headlines. Check it out @ HRC

IREALLYDOCARE.COM: Web domain goes viral countering Melania's "jacket stunt", redirecting readers to activist groups whom are really working to help the innocent kids caught up in this truly ghastly, state sanctioned, child snatching scheme of the Donald's. Jeez. Isn't it usually taboo to hurt little children?!? No matter what?!? God help us all @ Adage



4 Explanations: Here's the 4 main explanations floating about the internet to explain Melania Trumps's "I don't care" jacket. Take your pick. Whatever. Complete chaos grips the US, from the top all the way down. Mission accomplished? @ HR

Un 4 The Road: Kim Jong Un and the Trumpster not only failed at the summit to define what "denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula actually means, but it now seems that the North Korean dictator is doing nothing of the sort. Often frequently overlooked -he expects the US to reduce it's military presence in the region and perhaps "denuclearize" them too, for "security reasons" @ VanityF @ WP @ Atlantic

Reality Fix: Ditto China! Here's why they won't do what Trump says when it comes to North Korea either! Far from it, for a variety of very important, overlooked reasons, from their point of view @ SCMP

NATO Divided: Trump praises Russia and continues to sow division amongst his allies and trade partners at the latest NATO summit. Putin must be laughing @ Bloomberg



"Putin's Pet" or "Treason Summit" or "Playing Him Like A Fiddle": Here's the full transcript from the Donald's imbecilic and arguably quite treasonous press conference statements in Helsinki. Not only is he aiding and abetting the Rooskies in Crimea and on the human rights front, but he is also totally ignoring the threat of Russian election meddling. Moreover, with congressional mid terms coming up this fall, he's seemingly just treating the very dire and worrisome US intelligence warnings as a personal affront. Very sad. Scary even! Read @ Politico Watch @ Youtube

#KremlinAnnex: Protests still continue, weeks later out front the White House, after Trump's Treason Summit. Follow @ Twitter

Election Meddling: There's nothing new here! Truth be told the US has a long history of doing so too, all the time, in lots of other countries. But now the shoe is on the other foot! Unfortunately, amongst all the anger and outrage south of our border, the real issue remains unaddressed @ Atlantic

US Trade Wars Galore: US President Trump has initiated "America First" trade wars everywhere with friend and foe alike. Experience shows this story does not end well, for anyone @ WP


China Card: China decisively steps forward into the Trumpian world leadership void encouraging America's former trade partners and allies to enter into a new global trade agreement with them at the WTO [World Trade organization]. The goal? To preserve multilateralism on a go forward basis without the US @ SCMP

Yuan Number: There's more super duper, big trouble ahead in the escalating US-China trade war, even by Trump's standards, or lack thereof, if China ever retaliates by devaluing the yuan and cashing in the US debt @ SCMP




Trump Travel Ban: The new right wing enriched US Supreme Court upholds the Donald's travel ban 5-4, because .... well just because he's the prez. That's despite his Islam phobic rants, now that Trump appointee Justice Neil Gorush is onboard @ WDT

Janus Decision: The US Supreme Court veers far right in supporting so called "Right To Work" laws on voluntary union dues, delivering organized labour a sharp blow NYT @ NYT Read the Janus Decision @ PDF

Koched -The Attack On The Left: Republican billionaire's like the Koch brothers and right wing non-profit foundations such as the "Freedom Foundation" are behind the effort to weaken America's struggling union movement. The goal?  Oligarchical rigging -to increase profits and forward the corporate agenda @ AmProsp @ BloomB

KULTURE KULT INK




Beautiful Toronto: Well, I've heard it called a lot of other less becoming names. Here's a "curated love story in photos and quotes" to honour Canada's largest city and our hometown ... Hey! We could be living in the United States of Donald Trump!!!! Ooops! Sorry US readers... eh ... heh ... er ... er @ Medium

True Smut: Premier Doug Ford is replacing Ontario's sex ed curriculum with .... with .... with ... er .... ahhhh ... an old copy of Playboy that he found in the woods .... or something like that!?! @ Beaver



Kim's Inconvenient Truths: Kim's Convenience actor Andrew "Kimchee" Phung is witness to a jaw dropping case of police racism. He exposes it very responsibly, and with class @ Star

Poet's Korner: Mary Oliver is a "poet of a different dissidence" in exploring the deeper undercurrents of our life and times via her disarming verse! Enjoy @ WD

Guns?!? Shhhh! Country rocker Eric Church reflects on the Mandoley Bay massacre in Vegas, where he was a headlining act. A second amendment right supporter himself, he then suggests that the NRA should be more reasonable about gun control and gets shot down real bad! No wonder Amerika's country stars are so silent on the important issues of today @ WP



Eric Church: Read the "Rolling Stone" interview and weep. Ahh, but fret not! Eric can take it in a strum. Still ..... @ RS

A Desperate Man: Eric verses the Nashville hit making machine! Here's a taster from his next album @ YT

Japanese Innovators: They are the real pioneers in underground, experimental sounds. Yup! There was the Yellow Magic Orchestra and the Travellin' Flower Band, but there is so much more! Trez Kool @ Barbican



Summer's Here: The 30 worst bathing suits of 2018! Need I say more? @ OB

Secretly Queer: Snow White? Sleeping Beauty? Xena? Frodo? Sam? Spider Man? Captain Janeway? Mulan?Buffy? The "butler" in just about any t.v. show or movie?!? LGBTQ folk speculate on who is and who isn't in a homophobic media world where many can't openly show their character's true colours, though they still somehow do ... @ Vice

RIP Koko the Gorilla: She could actually speak with humans using sign language. She liked nipples and kittens. Perhaps Homo Sapiens are not as special as we think? More @ CBC




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