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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Toronto's "Terrorist" Attack!

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It's Toronto's "Terrorist" Attack! Local, college student Alek Minassian, of European descent, is charged with 10 counts of first degree and 13 counts of attempted murder. Quite deliberately, and at random he mowed down the unsuspecting late, lunch time pedestrians along 16 blocks of busy, downtown Yonge Street in North York, Toronto. It's a copy cat horror show similar to recent incidents in London and Paris, but with a notable exception. 

No matter that there aren't any clear indication whatsoever of a terrorist connection! US Fox and Breitbart "news", along with their Canadian right wing social media counterparts, decide to ratchet up the fear mongering. Targeted among the initial shock and confusion are Toronto's incredibly diverse population mix, in an nefarious slew of nasty, racist, Islamophobic memes, rumours, accusations and outright lies! It was an incredible rash of fake social media news stories, rarely seen this side of the border!

However, with amazing calm and resilience, Toronto tensions do not boil over. Instead a very detailed, criminal, police investigation has begun. The inexplicable act and carnage captured live on video by numerous, lunchtime eyewitnesses. The footage including the brave, dramatic and very professional capture of the accused by TPS [Toronto Police Services]. These will now methodologically play their part in the court of criminal rather than public "mediated" justice.

As our diverse citizenry rally together in our collective grief, Minassian, is very much alive. He will now stand trial for mass murder, not political spectacle. It provides a very rare chance to better understand what happened, and why. Perhaps also to help criminally profile what makes such mass killers tick, beyond the bogus, unscrupulous and often quite manipulative fake news eye of our media driven times. 

Hopefully, it's also a chance to better precipitate and prevent such horrific crimes in the year's ahead, sans the divisive hysteria stateside in the Age of Trump. Or even the domestic, terrorist, fear mongering of our own Harper Years. From within a criminal justice perspective rather than the often, quite suspect, political realm. In Toronto eh, it's the refreshing, new Canadian way!

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Monday, 23 April 2018

420 Toronto 2018 Rocks City Hall!

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"We're Here! We Toke! Get Use To it!"

Our April 20th rallying call echoes off the stoney, glass silence of Toronto City Hall, where Mayor Tory, our councillors and assorted officials hide, scheming away. Up among the financial towers of Bay Street, the banker and business tycoons lie in wait. 

The wisps spread outwards and onwards through downtown Toronto's Skyscraper National Park! Out towards Queen Park. Our provincial politicos bunker down low. Plotting to one way or another sell their dodgy government licensed weed. After the June 7th election. Trying to avoid the good stuff! The real kind we love to toke, illegal or not!

An official 420 city hall permit? Bah! With Canadian legalization but a few months away, 420 Toronto 2018 loud and proudly rocked City Hall, without their damn permit! 

Sadly, our elected "bosses" just don't get it! Their corporate Bay Street buddies too! Having completely lost the "War on Drugs", they remain hellbent on now trying to capitalize on our freedom weed! Thinking that come this summer, they can force us to buy their crappy government licensed cannabis instead. However, if this year's counter culture cannabis community celebration is any indication, it's a new battle they've all ready lost! Too little! Too late!

Without the permit -there's no electricity! No main stage. Perhaps they can shut us down that way? 

Fortunately a local music store comes to the rescue. I help 420 organizers Chris y Erin Goodwin unload and set the battery powered, make shift speaker system up near a planter stand beside the verbotten main stage. 420 Toronto 2018 will make do!

Erin plugs in a trez kool classic rock mix in. Jimi Hendrix's psychedelic guitar chords explode, along with Bob Marley's chunky reggae grooves, in the springtime air. As local rappers put on an impromptu show. A hypnotic, transporting, drum tattoo and chant echoing off the once forbidding walls too, in Nathan Phillips Square!

420 Toronto 2018 has arrived! So too the security guards! Along with the official, prerequisite, city hall goons. Making their way down from the lofty city hall towers! Ordering Erin and Chris to shut the blasting speakers down! Or perhaps move them over? Or ... or ... or just promise that nobody will sell any weed?!? 

No. They just don't get it! Trying to find bosses? To bully around? At a peaceful civil disobedience rally? Pfffft!

Chris leans forward, with a wry smile, the sunshine glistening off his shades. He just keeps asking questions, again and again and again, as they try to dictate and then negotiate their tight ass, dick style terms. 

Wasting no time, Grow OP Hydroponics cannabis activist-entrepreneur Katy Perry grabs a blowhorn. Launches into a rousing speech on medical patients rights, denouncing the governments inexplicable tax on our prescription weed. Accompanied by much loud whistle blowing from the growing lunchtime crowd. Very effective, indeed! 

Alas. Toronto Police Services [TPS] yellow jackets arrive in mass on bikes, trying to shut down Katy's info table beside her in the square. The irritated festival goers grow quite understandably upset -So much for free speech?

Clearly exasperated, the chief bike cop soon throws his arms up in the smokey air. 

Cop: OK. OK. Listen -move the speakers back some more! ONLY use them for your speeches then. NO MUSIC!!!

Chris: Sweet! He keeps asking more questions ..... Say What?!?

Cop: Well then, just play one song. Do it at at 4:20. Only one .... Why not "Stairway to Heaven"??? It's real long, eh.

Unfortunately, for the officer, his demands do not hold much sway. Our ad hoc speaker system stays put. He leaves with the yellow jackets, who spread out, to focus on the dealers instead! The music plays .....

Sadly, the 420 green venders wait about, ready to set up their tables, avail us of their tasty wares. Whenever they do, the yellow jackets quickly move in, issuing stern warnings. Strategically move about their bikes to box everybody in. 

The venders sit on their hands. Waiting for suitable crowd cover, to quickly set up, all at once. Unfortunately, it doesn't arrive until 4:20 pm, too late to save the above ground pop up market day at Nathan Phillips Square. As the goodies lie in wait, in the deep, dark labyrinth of the Toronto City Hall underground parking garage below.

By 4:20 the crowd passes 8,000 tokers. Nathan Phillips Square is filling up fast now. Not surprisingly, most tokers bring their own weed anyway, with plenty to freely go around, yellow jackets notwithstanding.

Long time cannabis activist Michael "Smokey" Thompson, here due to health reasons on his final "goodbye" tour, sets up his signs, denouncing the Wynne government's unjust weed monopoly plans, for one last time. Having shouted his legalization message from the mountain top for years, they are a fitting backdrop for our 420 speeches in 2018, as Neo Libber Kathleen Wynne's legalized corporate weed is about to go on sale. Smokey's message carries on!

With Erin and Chris MC'ing, our local weed comedians work up the crowd. I gave a very short speech on peaceful civil disobedience, just in case there's any lingering doubt about what we are doing here today. Thank the Goodwins for organizing this year's successful 420 Toronto, against all odds. 

Katy Perry returns for another fiery medical weed oratory! Cannabis Activist Tracey Curley reminds us in no uncertain terms to boycott the official, government, Ontario Cannabis Stores opening this summer. 

No problem sister! The move is clearly on!

As the downtown office crowds and workers spill into Nathan Phillips Square, packing it with a crowd of about 12,000 to well past sunset, the huge cloud of smoke envelopes us in it's sweet embrace, ending a most successful 420 day. I help the Goodwins pack up the speakers. 420 Toronto is all but over for another year.

Will we be back? Next year? After legalization?

Picture this: Can you imagine Mayor John Tory hosting the event for his corporate pals? Or how about party leaders Doug Ford, Andrea Horwath or even Premier Kathleen Wynne? 

Ughh! A year is a lifetime in politics. Its hard to say who'll still be around, especially this election year. Don't be too surprised to see any of them lording it up on a suddenly official 420 City Hall or Queen's Park stage. Touting their dodgy official OCS weed. 

We 420 Toronto 2018'ers know the score! Will still be toking our good, free market weed! Growing our own stuff! Officially or unofficially! As always, legal or not! 

They lost the big bad drug war but the good fight isn't over! As 420 Toronto 2018 shows, there's lots of us! We're here to stay! Above or undergound, as always, the real show must go on!

See you there, as need be, to smoke the real, good stuff and set the record straight!

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Friday, 20 April 2018

Oh Cannabis Spring 2018 News y Views!

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HEADLINES

Major 420 celebration festivals enthusiastically proceed across Canada with much success, despite stiff opposition from the local Canadian authorities, mere months before "legalization"! See Below!

Cannabis activists take note "420 Toronto 2018" festivities will proceed out front of Toronto City Hall, despite the set backs! Under Prohibition 2.0, no permit's been forthcoming, "legalization" be damned. [More!] So expect some peaceful civil disobedience! Speakers include the Cannabis Culture 5's Chris y Erin Goodwin, the Hotboxes Abi Roach and many, many others! Lotsa live music and green vendors too! Follow @ 420! @ Facebook! 

More on 420 Toronto across the GTA this year @ Toke Of The Town!

OH CANADA



420 Toronto 2018, as organized by Cannabis Culture [CC] alumni Chris y Erin Goodwin successfully rocks Toronto City Hall! No permit? No problem! Police and City Officials are busy all day to no avail trying to curtail festivities. Only succeed in shutting down green venders from operating openly. Med Pot activists speak out against pot tax in no uncertain terms! Nathan Phillips Square is packed as thousands of eager tokers continue to arrive, pouring in after work, until late in the day! Stay tuned for my blog! Also see @ City @ BlogTo 

420 Ottawa: 20,000 pot aficionados light up Parliament Hill! Cannabis activists denounce draconian Canadian Prohibition 2.0 restrictions of legalization Bill C-45 @ OM @ OC



Busy! Busy! Busy! Ottawa Cannabis Activist Ming Saad y Crew Help Rock Parliament Hill!

420 Vancouver: The nefarious park board attempts to discredit highly successful event at Sunset Beach! Blame volunteer organizers with heap of bogus reefer madness damage claims. Veteran cannabis activists Jodie Emery and Dana Larsen, along with local local social media, set the record straight. See how the Park board lies go up in smoke @ G-Straight

420 Montreal: Thousands ring la belle for Quebec's cannabis counter culture @ CBC

Legalization Canada: Policies for sales, distribution and consumption will vary across Canada. Here's a handy province by province guide @ Leafly

Canuck Legalization Woes: Bill C-45 is poorly thought out and fraught with peril. Here's 5 everyday ways in which it will turn out to be a big disaster for tokers @ CD

Prohibition 2:0! The CCLA [Canadian Civil Liberties Association] has warned the senate that legalization will be a "minefield of criminalization" as far as our civil rights go @ LD

Senate Vote: Bill C-45, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's legalization bill, passes second reading in the unelected Canadian senate by a 44 to 29 vote. The Conservative senators remain adamantly opposed. Alas! Not much good old fashioned business sense. Just lots of reefer madness ignorance, and fear mongering instead. Delays continue, with the bill now scheduled to pass into law after third reading on June 7th. Regretfully, legal sales and distribution for those who still obey Canada's unjust cannabis laws, will now occur much later on this summer, well after Canada Day, July 1st. As for the rest of us, well .... @ Global



Party Positions: Trudeau's Neo Liberal's continue to push forward Bill C-45; a very restrictive Prohibition 2.0 style Corporate Cannabis style legalization law, as documented on "Oh Cannabis" at great length. But what's up with our other 2 main national political parties? 

Basically, Canada's Neo Con-ster Canadian Conservative Party [CPC] remain hyper fixated very negatively on the bill's policing, public health and safety clauses, trying to block it every step of the way. With no thought given to a free market approach, they best they can do is agree that possession should be a ticket able, rather than a criminal offence. Sounds an awful lot like decriminalization, but the details get very sketchy from here! 

Of course, decriminalization was the Centre Leftish New Democratic Party's [NDP] platform in the 2015 Federal election [READ]. Sadly, that crashed and burned along with the party at the polls, as on the weed front, the Trudeau Lib's shamelessly stole the issue right out from right beneath them, with all the deceptive bells, whistles and smoke screen of their sham legalization plans. 

Still, the NDP's now passed a resolution at their recent party convention to decriminalize all drugs, not just weed. Unlike the other 2 main parties, the focus is on social justice and health care, rather than a punitive, policing approach to public health and safety. 

Be that as it may, our truncated NDP "Dippers" are now relegated to the peanut gallery in our House of Commons. Whatever else ails the party, and the concerns are legion, it's too bad the NDP's very level headed approach to cannabis is mostly lost amongst all the noise of corporate legalization rigging in Ottawa to date.

Here's a fairly decent summary of the main three party's positions @ Globe

FYI: All but one separatist Bloc Quebecois MP voted with the Conservatives [RM] against legalization. Party Leader Elizabeth May, the only elected Green Party MP in the House of Commons, supported C-45 [IPol] after proposing a number of progressive policing, health and safety amendments, also a criminal pardon [Green]. Neither party has a sitting member in the Canadian Senate.

Pardon Us: You'll also find an NDP petition to provide a still allusive pardon for any of our citizens whom have been convicted for criminal possession of pot @ NDP


Canadian Pot Tax: The Canadian Federal government only projects a $35 million cannabis tax windfall for 2018. That's after weed is legalized this summer. Then they expect $100 mil in 2019, the first full year of regulation. Or so they say! 

Are the sneaky Trudeau Libs low balling the dollar figures? Well, there are the start up costs. But let's not forget, a flourishing underground market, which has hardly been eradicated, whether they want to officially acknowledge it's huge, ongoing tax bite or not. 

But what if the revenue is actually somehow surprisingly a whole lot more? Mightn't it also give them a lot of wiggle room to .... Guess what?!? Help balance the budget! More @ Buzzfeed

Ontario "Cannabis" Budget Time: Premier Kathleen Wynne's Neo Libs expect a provincial budget loss for the first year of legalization at least. Start up costs will apparently require extra $$$ for policing and municipal expenses, to help them get onboard with the province's newest, corporate, monopoly program. Not to mention, stomping out all those darn, pesky cannabis activist-free enterprise entrepreneurs too! 

One supposes that we medical cannabis heads are supposed to jump for joy at the 8% tax rebate from the HST on our prescription weed! Hmmmmmm! 

Our First Nation status bands might not be pleased either with the province again treading on their treaty rights. Seems the $13 HST will apply to any and all "off reserve" [non indigenous consumer] purchases. No word on how much of that goes back to status council.

More on the budget @ Global



Legalization: Chief Isadore Day Speaks Out!

First Nation Rising: Our indigenous people across Canada continue the good fight to assert their economic and treaty rights in the legalization struggle. They want to set their own cannbais laws, rather than let the Canadian government simply do so. It's really quite paternal and opportunistic, but what else is now? Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day helps explain @ Herb

Decolonizing Cannabis: Weed has long been an indigenous homeopathic, folk medicine. Now it could provide a much needed economic engine to help create jobs and prosperity on our troubled, treaty lands. But will the Canadian government relent in it's patronizing ways? If not, what next? More @ Now!



Legal Weed Sucks: Bottom line is that there's all ready a thriving cannabiz industry in Canada. It's long been successfully turning out an excellent quality, high grade product, free enterprise style, legalization be damned! All that's changed is than now, having lost their "War on Drugs" the government wants to cash in too with their own dodgy, corporate licensed boo. Bleech! @ Now

Legalization Will Be A Legal Mess: Cannabis Activists-Entrepreneurs Lisa Campbell and Abi Roach outline a whack of other very troubling reasons why the fight against government "prohibition" will also hardly be over come "legalization" in Canada @ CTV



No Toking Allowed: Some Ontario apartment landlords and condo boards are quietly moving to ban smoking cannabis from their buildings as legalization approaches. Only medical users will be exempt. However, it's very difficult to change condo by-laws either allowing or prohibiting the smoking of tobacco or weed, once they're passed. Will you be able to toke at home without getting hassled? Best get involved with your condo board or tenants association now! It's time to nip any such restriction in the bud, where you live, before it's too late @ Now!

No Grow Yer OwnTheir bullshit reefer madness concerns over Bill C-45 are many, but note well: Canada's Conservative Senators in Ottawa are specifically targeting your right to grow weed at home @ GC


It's Election Time: Don't forget the candidates from the other parties too!


Sensible Ontario -Where 2 Toke?!? As the June 7th Ontario election quickly approaches, the cannabis friendly lobby group continues to actively lead the charge to allow licensed cannabis lounges and private storefront dispensaries in our province come legalization. Hotbox cannabis activist-entrepreneur Abi Roach explains the challenges @ Leafly Lisa Campbell @ Now! Follow Sensible Ontario @ B Sensible!



Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization in Canada: Download a FCM [Federation of Canadian Municipalities] PDF file for the work ahead on both policy and regulations, as they pertain to the planning, business licensing and public consumption etc. etc. etc. of our favourite weed! It's very important to get involved with this now!!! @ FCM

Political Flip Flop: Alas! Ontario Progressive Conservative [PC] Party Leader Doug Ford seems to be quietly walking back his much ballyhoo'ed support for free market cannabis in the run up to the June 7th provincial election. The parties ultra social conservative wing is definitely not on board. Plus, except for wild card MPP Randy Hillier, most of the party is overwhelmingly opposed to legalization, period! @ PM Also, see below ...



Ontario Pot Election: Ontario Progressive Conservative [PC] leader Doug Ford has surprised everybody by promising free market pot if he's elected Premier of our province on June 7th. It's an obvious ploy by the Neo Conster populist to snatch leftie votes from our often quite hapless provincial NDP, who so far seem too afraid to say boo too loudly! Let alone cannabis .... or hash .... or ... or ... or ..... 

Anyway, Conservatives take note -ever the business man, Dougie is to be complimented. He's actually presenting us all with a real free enterprise alternative! Instead of the Wynne Corporate Neo Liberal's plan for an Ontario government controlled weed monopoly! It's capitalism at it's most basic, grass root level. Also, a free enterprise truism the party faithful, so far at least, just don't seem to get!

So will the Ontario PC's now become Ontario's free enterprise pot party? Or is Dougie making empty promises? Doomed to go up in smoke on a house vote? Can you see his rambunctious, social conservative flank getting on side with weed?

I attended Doug Ford's Unity Rally here in Toronto on March 19th to find out more details. The devil, as we well know, is always hidden in the details. Quite frankly, as far as PC is concerned there are none. The new emperor has no clothes. Nope. None. There were no details on any of his polices, let alone weed, with the provincial election less than 2 months away. Anyway, you can read my blog The Doug Ford Unity Rally!

Doug alone spoke. Did his stock "Wynne's worst nightmare" speech. I cornered outspoken PC Social Conservative critic Tanya Grenic Allen, afterwards, at the media scrum. Ostensibly, she was there to show her support for Ford's "Unity" rally, I guess. Asked her whether she'd support Doug's position on free market cannabis. Listen to what she said @ Tanya Granic Allen On Weed?

Whoa! Smooth, but I don't think so! Doug will decide the policies? With no word on whether she will go along! It sure sounds like we'll have a veeeeeery interesting pot election debate ahead! 

The match is lit. Anybody could go up in smoke. Please, let's get questioning and apply a little pressure to any and all of the candidates on where they stand; Liberal, NDP and of course, Doug Fords PC's. 

How often do they and the teams come knocking at your door? At the very least, this is an excellent chance to make sure our cannabis counter culture concerns are really heard! Face to face!

Hey -it's called democracy.

More on Doug Ford @ Macleans 



Let's All Get Abong? Abi Roach Tells It Like It Is!

Why Reinvent the Pot Wheel?!? Around and around the arguments go! Cannabis Culture's Jodie Emery explains why she agrees with PC Doug Ford's free market approach option to the Wynne Lib's government run weed monopoly. Jodie knows the score @ Sun

Political Tactic's 101: Local Hotbox cannabis activist-entrepreneur Abi Roach discusses how Ford's free market weed could well just prove to be a PC election tactic, aimed at little more than siphoning off votes from the left to the conservative fold. Lift writer Kate Robinson doubts his intentions too. She also wonders how many of us will actually follow through and vote for the Ford PC's come election day. 

Let's face it -Doug Ford is a well known local Neo Con huckster across the GTA. Like him or not, he's the Party Leader who's introduced our concerns about Wynne's weed monopoly into the provincial election debate! Leaving many progressives wondering; whither too the NDP?!? More @ Macleans



Prohibition 2.0: Premier Kathleen Wynne fights back! Real quick! Free market cannabis is reckless! She flails at Ford! Punching at him time and again with the same, old, tired corporate reefer madness arguments! About policing! Health! Public safety! The same as we hear all the time from Justin T! 

What fools we mortals be. If Ford can only sweat the details, so to speak -know them well, then the Neo Lib prayer songbook might well go flying! It's not too hard to rip that BS to shreds! 

Kathleen would be down for the election count on pot, that's for sure. Plus, a whole lot of us of all political stripes would be breathing a huge sigh of relief. Inhaling deeply, if need be, as we decide whom to vote for, on election day. 

Then again; by going out short on details to fight the cannabis good fight, our clownish Doug Ford might well just make pot matters a whole lot worse. Make no mistake; like her or not -Kathleen Wynne is no dummy! Don't think a few, good sucker punches couldn't knock out Dougie's dim pot lights? Make his arguments look absolutely stupid and foolish? Sigh! Alas! We lose out too! More @ Star



Marc Emery -Cannabis Culture Rocks On!

Cannabis Kulture: Our Prince O' Pot Marc Emery's Montreal trial has been pushed back to May 30th. So far, the other 6 activist-entrepreneur's charged have received unconditional discharges. In total 6 dispensaries were closed and 18 kilos of weed seized. Marc's still away on his winter South American and Europe tour of sorts, but is expected back any day now @ MG

TSX Stock Ticker: Will the Toronto Stock Exchange smoke bubble go burst? How sustainable is it's up and down, in and out love affair with cannabis anyway? Supply? Demand? Capacity? The black market? Legalization? Just what what makes the Canuck pot stocks tick? Some speculation @ Now

IN THE NEWS



US 420 State of The Union: Activists, advocates and opponents of cannabis speak out across the states, 30 of which have legalized or are moving towards the legalization of medical or recreational weed SMR

420 High Times Cannabis Cup SoCal: It's been cancelled by San Bernardino authorities, even though recreational weed is legal in California. However, permit or not, as with 420 Toronto 2018, organizers say the show must go on @ Q

420 Racism: This 420, whether they live in a legal state or not, black people still have a far greater chance of getting arrested on a cannabis related charge, in the high charged, racially divided US @ Vox



US Reefer Madness: There's growing, widespread opposition to President Donald Trump's prohibition policies stateside. His own polling now shows less than 1 in 5 of Trump's hardcore MAGA supporters still believe that cannabis should be illegal. But is the Donald listening? More @ MM

Reefer Madman Gets Lit: Former GOP House Speaker John Boehner has stepped up to become the US cannabis industries latest spokesman @ Fortune

Now It Can Be Told: Surprise! Not! Trump AG Reefer Madman Jeff Sessions has long been in the Big Tobacco lobbies back pocket. Hypocrisy be damned -money talks @ Herb

Pardon Us: US legal activists are demanding criminal pardons for possession in 8 states where cannabis is legalized or decriminalized. Sadly, they are also missing in action in Canada too! For shame -No justice! No peace! @ Intercept



Smile Jamaica: Kaya Farms has just harvested Jamaica's first legal medical cannabis crop. They look forward to using the economically challenged island's ganja "brand" to help Jamaica become the "flagship" location for the new "global wellness industry". Ya mon! Jah Bob would be proud @ J-Observer 

Burning: Jamaica is definitely helping lead the charge! It's legalized medical cannabis and decriminalized ganja's recreational use @ MJ

Ja Travel Blog: The legalized/ decriminalized cannabiz tourism industry in Jamaica is still in it's infancy but it looks very promising indeed. Considering the awful economic divide on the troubled Caribbean island nation, it'll hopefully prove very timely for the everyday local folk too. Here's some notes, tips and links from my recent March trip @ MY BLOG

Mexican Legalization: A lot of our North American pot use to come from sunny Mexico back before hydroponics took over. Potheads down that way seem keen to re-establish their brand. A novel approach is being taken to legalization, due to the sad lack of interest amongst Mexico's politicos. It's making it's way through the courts instead. Hey, it's a pretty smart move. Worked big time for the LGBTQ! Check it out @ Civilized

Much more 2 come .....

GREEN MARKET



The Pinking of Pot: Welcome to our new millennium! Nowadaze, Canada's cannabiz revolution is often lead by and for women. Meet but some of our many grrrrrl users and distributers whom are leading the charge @ Chat

Women in Cannabis: Advocate Mz D chairs the panel discussion at the April 14th CannabisCon's Consumer Day in Edmonton, Alberta @ CCF



Mediblemania: You can bet both Corporate America and Canada are keeping a close eye on the booming underground medibles' market and will want to get in @ MJ

Double Standards: Health Canada's packaging restrictions for legal weed will be much harsher than for booze. Why? Enquiring minds need to know @ G-Straight

Much, much more 2 come .....


HIGHER LEARNING



WHO's Next? Finally! There must be a god! The World health organization [WHO] has decided that medical cannabis isn't a health risk and it's safe to use @ USHT

Cannabis Catch 22: Cannabis was a DIY homeopathic cure for whatever ails, long before prohibition came along in the 1920's. Because it's been illegal, very little real scientific research into it's medicinal qualities has been possible, until now. Note well, whenever we hear that there "isn't enough research" to support the medical benefits of weed, that's why. However, with legalization, that's all changing now and the results are often very encouraging, to say the least @ Leaf


Sex + Pot + Rock + Roll: Study shows that our lowly weed is actually a great aphrodisiac! To prick your interest, here's some scientific notes on the research methodology and results, for the .... ah ... academically reclined @ Hytiva

Medible Gummy Bears: Here's how to make these THC infused delights yourself @ Leafly

Much, much, much more 2 come .....

HIGH TIMES



Stoner Babes : In Katie Guin's new adult colouring book, each "stoner babe" is a picture of empowerment for our new cannabis age! Inhale deep n' get out yer crayons! All colours, textures and shades! @ KS

No Pot Celebrities Allowed: Snoop Dog and the Trailer Park Boys beware! Trudeau pot point man Bill Blair says celebrity endorsements for any and all "legal cannabis products" won't be allowed under legalization @ Global

2 Unfair: Take another hit of Robert Klein's "Medical Marijuana" @ Youtube!

Oldie But Goodie: This "Pot Shop" rap video parody has all the right credentials; a kool tune, NORML references, and a direct attack on the corporate "reefer madness" lobby @ Youtube

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Monday, 16 April 2018

Teacher Free Speech Spring 2018 News y Views!

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EDUCATION BEAT

Liberal Collusion: Ontario's OECTA Catholic teachers have just reached a $31 million settlement with the Wynne government. It's the result of a grievance over the salary grid delay resulting from the Liberals long, drawn out contract negotiations, since OECTA broke with the ETFO and OSSTF public teacher unions, to sign the contentious 2012 OECTA MOU. Much bitterness and acrimony persists, as the June 7th provincial election approaches, along with a very disturbing, well documented sense of internal/ external union betrayal and nefarious, backroom deals @ Star  

Grass Root Teachers in Revolt: It's the teacher union members whom are leading the charge! They defiantly refuse to settle when the leadership makes compromising sweetheart deals with state authorities, unlike here in Ontario @ R+F



For More: Also see my extensive Teacher Free Speech 2011-18 Archives, especially for 2012 to 2013, and 2014-15. You'll find a whole whack of often very illuminating, primary source and news links from back in the day, on the top left of my blog page. More @ Here!

Walking The Talk: In the US, teacher's are breathing new life and vitality into the nation's often long moribund, union movement. The teacher walkouts in Oklahoma, West Virginia and now Colorado too, certainly show a refreshing sense of commitment. No doubt our own impotent Ontario teacher unions could also learn a thing or two from them too @ NYT @ Fox

Teaching Diversity and Equality: Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world. It's essential that we all learn how to get along as equals. Inclusion isn't just a skill that needs to be taught at school! Parents need to get involved too! Check out and use these educational materials at home, on your own. Remember -Our children are the future @ CYH



Lessons for Life for an Autism Spectrum Teen: In Ontario, like many places, our teachers are required to prepare a useful IEP [Independent Education Plan] for your autistic child at school. Parents have the right and an obligation to get involved and provide direction. Do you? Is your autistic teen learning about more than just reading, writing and math? Are they learning about social justice and the social good too? Check this out @ OECTA

Digital Distractions: Our average attention span nowadaze is just 8 seconds! That's less than for a goldfish! Bowled over? Maybe we shouldn't be! Consider the possible role and implications of smart phones and the new electronic media, in the massive dumbing down of our society today @ PMC

Empowering Our Youth: Today, young folk are entitled to be involved in, and often even make choices, about their own health at the doctor's office. A lot of frustrated parents are upset and don't know what to do. Rather than get angry, perhaps we need to teach and empower our kids how to make more informed healthcare decisions for themselves! Here are some ways to help them become more responsibly involved. It's a very important and useful, life long skill that will serve them well long after they've left the nest @ Globe

OH CANADA



Toronto "Terrorist" Attack: Local, college student Alek Minassian, of European descent, is charged with 10 counts of first degree and 13 counts of attempted murder. Quite deliberately, and at random he mowed down the unsuspecting late, lunch time pedestrians along 16 blocks of busy, downtown Yonge Street in North York, Toronto. It's a copy cat horror show similar to recent incidents in London and Paris, but with some notable exceptions. Read my blog @ 


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NAFTA Lies: For shame! Turns out that the Donald has been making up stories about a sneaky, unfair US - Canada trade imbalance! Doesn't seem to know his own facts, as released in another White House report, showing that there's actually a slight US surplus instead! It might be a big joke stateside. But such bully boy antics also have a very negative and corrosive effect on others outside the US. Like in Canada; one of America's biggest, trade partners. We're also a long time, trustworthy friend and reliable Allie! Is it really worth all the grief?!? @ CBC

"NAFTA -Crunch Time" or "The Whole World's Watching": From a world perspective, the multilateral 3 way trade talks are a actually a very timely and insightful litmus test too! Will MAGA nationalism trump the traditional US internationalist approach to the global economic order since WW2? Considered are 3 key multilateral trade issues, with dire implications for Canada, Mexico, and the US; equity, protectionism, and dispute resolution @ CR

"Think Positive" or "Trudeau's Trump Bump": An untethered Canada, in the Age of Trump, is free to actively pursue a growing range of "third options" for trade and other alliances on the world stage. We are often far too dependent upon the United States anyway @ FA

Indo Pacific: Here's but one example -Canada stands to benefit greatly long term, from it's strong, close "family ties" with our large Indian population. India is also a huge growing market and possible partner in the TPP [Trans Pacific Partnership]. Trudeau's recent visit there was much more important in cementing key, new, regional trade relationships in the face of Trumpism, than the partisian fashion/ dinner party intrigues playing out in Ottawa and the tabloid news would suggest. A coincidence? Hmmmmm @ CR

Trolled: What to think about those "Russian troll farms"? Might they, whoever "the" are, also be stirring up shit here in Canada? Maybe over Trudeau and the pipe line controversy? Beware! The National Post is a very selective, neo con-ster rag! What?!? No mention of the PC debacle with Pat Brown, Doug Ford and the upcoming 2018 Ontario election?!? Might the trolls be having a hand in that too? Time to investigate! Dig deep! Enquiring minds need to know what's really going on @ NP

Pipeline Woes: The feds, the provinces and our indigenous people are all up in arms about the rocky issue of the Trans-Mountain Pipeline extension. The facts can easily get lost or tangled up in all the shifting political, economic and environmental winds, but one thing's for sure! There sure doesn't seem to any way Trudeau can win this one, as the crisis peaks @ Vice


$15 + Fairness: The protests snowball! Canuck coffee shop Icon Tim Horton's has been caught punishing it's underpaid coffee shop workers over an increase to the Ontario minimum wage! Staff benefit cuts? Unpaid breaks? Cost cutting? Profiteering? The ugly, exploitive underside of Tim's is finally exposed! Nope, it isn't really a Canadian company. Nor does it respect Canadian values, despite wrapping itself in our flag! The once popular, two timing Tim's takes a huge hit, as coffee drinkers wake up, dropping from #4 to #50 in this year's top Canuck brand survey @ Globe 

Make That A Double - Double: Oh oh! Double trouble times two! Now, the federal government is investigating Tim Horton's Brazilian owners! Seems they might also be screwing Tim's franchise owners under the Investment Canada Act @ CBC




"Toronto Sun Ontario Election Plans": A leaked internal memo shows how the alt right Toronto Sun hopes to help throw the provincial election to Doug Ford and the Ontario PC's. Among their other usual talking points, the Sun's set to go down on a particularly nasty, set of social conservative hard ons like "diversity, division and free speech" as they ostensibly pertain to "race, gender" and "sexual politics" [as opposed to "gender politics" ... ].  Apparently these issues are really, badly dividing the province. Well, they're certainly stirring up a real WASP nest at Postmedia Network headquarters, that's for sure. Now, watch for lots of trolls to get their day in the Sun, as the rag's boffo "rapid response team" spread out looking for  "human faces" and "background material" to help feed the "social media" and elect their good bud Dougie @ Sun

PC Doug Ford: Will the surprises never end? In the skin tight, controversial leadership race, after PC Conservative leader Pat Brown's sudden ouster on sexual misconduct allegations, populist neo-conster Doug Ford takes charge of the party, just in time for the June 7th provincial election. He quickly kills Brown's "Peoples Promise" to support the carbon tax, which was supposed to finance the PC's many election promises. So, how can Doug still possibly do so without deep cuts to jobs and spending while balancing budget? More @ Macs

Trump North: Yup, he's Ontario's Donald Trump @ WP! No, he's not @ Globe! IMHO? A different Canuck variation, yet still very much alike! Ooops! Oh no! He's also taking to Twitter ....

Soc Con Hell: During the leadership race, Ford made a whole whack of social conservative promises to court Ontario's extremist, religious, far right. He'll "repeal sex ed", restrict abortion access, facilitate protests outside the clinics, and let doctors opt out of performing the procedure. Often, these promises blatantly run contrary to Canadian Constitutional law and our Charter Rights and Freedoms @ PP  

From The Weed Patch: Doug Ford also promised to legalize the free market sale and distribution of weed. Then quickly flip flopped back to the Wynne government's plan for a government run pot monopoly. Seems his social conservative wing, and most, but not all of his party supporters and caucus, are outright opposed to legalizing cannabis at all. More insightful, social con, inner, PC party intrigues @ PostMillennial

Oh Cannabis: Check out the various "Oh Canada" news links and commentary in my "Oh Cannabis" blog and marvel at the many similarities. The focus and underlying themes in both blog features are often complimentary, and not quite as different as you might think @ Oh Cannabis!


Millennial Wynne: Hmmmm. Premier Kathleen Wynne's Ontario Liberal party suddenly announce a wide range of very progressive election promises. These follow years of a very tight ass and corrupt Neo Lib austerity agenda! They included new special education and school infrastructure funding. Free pharmacare. Daycare. And tuition breaks. The list goes on and on. There's lots to appeal to Ontario millennial's, as they overtake the aging baby boomer's in our province. But will they vote? @ Star

Much, more to come ......

IN THE NEWS


US Air Strikes In Syria: Maybe Trump is suddenly a great humanitarian, only out to destroy Syria's chemical warfare facilities. Or there are at least 6 other more likely possibilities for why he'd consider risking a war in Syria. They include petrodollars, a distraction to the Cohen - Stormy Daniels affairs, Saudi or Israeli pressures, and a lot of deep state anxieties. Sounds like a cover up @ ASNM

Military Industrial Complex: Surprise! There's more! The stock value of Raytheon, the US Tomahawk missile manufacturer, and other arm merchants like Boeing, Northrop Gunman and General Dynamics, suddenly rockets up nearly $5 billion after the Syrian air strike @  Fortune

Nothing New: Hardly "recent", US "intervention" actually dates back to "Day 1" of the Syrian war @ ActivistPost

Trumped? North Korea's Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet prior to Trump's May visit for nuke talks. Unlike Donald, they definitely have a well thought out, long range plan for the region. Indeed, their goals and strategy for both the nuclear umbrella and trade alone are often quite different and diametrically opposed to those of the US.  Are his visit and any "deal" they reach, just a risky US public relations stunt? Will the Donald get trumped? @ FP

Giving Up The high Ground: Since Trump has largely given up on human rights, selectively at least, will any surprise deal with these oppressive regimes simply overlook the horrible, ongoing abuses of power? What sort of an international message does that send out? @ FA

Mahjong: China responds carefully to Trump's surprise trade war sanctions, targeting the US states where he enjoys the most support, with a long list of tariffs on agriculture, technology, cattle, chemicals, and airplanes. That's just their opening volley. They still have a whole lot of even much more powerful moves that they can bring into play, as the world's largest economic power @ CNA

Politics of Food: Think about it! Chinese tariffs target soybeans, nuts, pork, fruit and cotton. US farmers whom voted for him will now be cut off from a huge, lucrative market. Too bad the Trumpster doesn't seem to have any back up plan in place. Xi must be laughing so hard so he'll cream his jeans! Here, bite the big one, Don @ Eater



The Law is Coming: The plot thickens as Trump's lawyer and BFF Ray Cohen is busted! His alt facts collide smack head on with the the rule of law. Of course, he denies everything! So who'll win this one?! "President Trump" is the best, reality TV hero and/ or villain ever, depending upon which network you watch, in the complete, value negative sense. A total horror show too. Now, let's see what the US justice system can or can't do about the Donald @ NYT

Emboldened Trump: He's fired about half of his White House staff. Seems to be flying solo now, completely untethered. What next?!? It's all grown very, very tiresome, wearing everybody but everybody down, even we hard core, political junkies. US politics has become completely toxic, muddying any and all political waters. Perhaps Trump's intent? More @ NYT

Facebook Follies: Mark Zuckerberg sits poker faced being questioned by a technologically clueless US senate. The issues? A very worrisome data breach. Plus there's them there election trolls. Sorta like he's being grilled at a piqued, senior citizen gathering about that how that durn, internet thingy of his works! Yiiiikes! Very scary implications for the way forward, no? More @ Wired



Miguel y Raul: Hi? Bye? What happens next?

Cuba Election: Cuba has a new President, Miguel Diaz-Canel. Also a new Council of State. Raul Castro becomes Second Secretary of the PCC Central Committee until 2021, to assist with the smooth "transfer [of power] to a new generation". 42% of the National Assembly are new. 48.4% are women. There will be a referendum on charges to the constitution. The beleaguered socialist state remains under a permanent state of emergency, with a US economic embargo and the threat of military intervention hanging over it for almost 60 years @ Granma

Here's how the Cuban election system works @ Granma

Much, much more to come .....

KULTURE KULT INK



Toronto The Good, Bad + Ugly: Cannabis is being legalized! Along with our many other vacation amenities, Toronto could become a very kool stop for a little pot tourism. To get primed, here's but one list of Toronto's Top 100 tunes. Really, the "Tarawna" link here is really pushing it sometimes. Still, it's an interesting, varied list! Included are Drake, the Weekend, Bare Naked Ladies, Broken Social Scene, Viletones, Gordo, Buffy, and The Band! More @ Star



Canada For Sale: The True North is very rich in natural resources. In the very polluted new millennium, many previously overlooked ones are now in big demand! Get this: even Canada's fresh mountain air is being bottled and sold as a "wellness" product! Be well @ CBC

With Marti Against Irma: Meet Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, Cuba's new ambassador to Canada, at a $25 Hurricane Irma fundraiser in Toronto, on April 27. Buffet, dancing, poetry and lots of tunes @ CCFA




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