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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Oh Cannabis: Nugswap Cannabis Co-op!

Dankmasta P., under another nom de plum [Wink. Wink. Wink.] is no stranger to this site. With corporate legalization upon us, his cooperative, community based canna friendly alternatives to growing your own ACMPR [Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations] weed are especially pertinent. Please enjoy his latest guest blog! And contact him to join in! Or start your own Nugswap too!



Some of us have decided that government cannabis is not for us. Many medicinal users in this position have been growing for awhile, and while some of us just grow for ourselves, many of us [myself included] run a grow for a number of family members.

Some of us have taken it a step further and have started cooperatives with multiple medicinal users and growers, which is the ideal in terms of adaptability [multiple grows = multiple methods and skill sets] and selection [multiple grows = more genetics].



Newly Transplanted CBD OG Kush

I have two other ACMPR growers that I have traded my grow with in the past, but with recreational cannabis being illegal, I had to be very careful about who I traded with.



Our Garden

The idea of a nugswap is to give all cannabis enthusiasts access to the best model for our community; the cannabis co-operative. At first the crop will just be a bunch of growers legally swapping grams of their grow, but the growth and community service potential of such a community is huge.



Mr. Law's Farm

Some new members have mentioned the idea of having a clubhouse where we can comfortably share our flower, press rosin and use communal equipment, which is an amazing idea.



Our Rosin Press

The revolutionary idea that we can now create canna friendly safe spaces where we can medicate [or just get high] without being prosecuted, is huge. There is also the potential to run an amateur "Homegrown Cup" with sponsors and real prizes if people are really enthusiastic about it, which is a great way to publicize this great alternative to LP buds.



Totrees CBD OG Kush


If you are interested in becoming part of the nugswap contact us 


Baby Pics

The first [Toronto based] event is almost fully booked, but any growers who don't register in time for the first swap can still register for the next one. More details coming soon!


-Dankmasta P!-



Dynamed CBD


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Oh Cannabis: Legalization Day 2018!



Inhale. Hold. Smile. Exhale. Finally -It's October 17th 2018. It's Legalization Day in Canada! I'm on my downtown Toronto walk. Wondering what, if anything, has really changed?

I'm packing my Pax 2 vaporizer. Puffing on a healthy plug of Godbud. Got my shatterizer, full of Laughing Buddha for good measure too. Now back from the lake til next spring, it's high time for a nice, long, urban promenade

First stop? My barbershop in Yorkville at Yonge and Bloor. I wish Wayne a Happy Legalization Day. But he doesn't toke. Nor do most Canadians, with polling show that less than a third of us plan to do so even now that it's legal. 

No matter. Maybe a lot more of us will once medibles, infused drinks and e-vapes are legalized in Canada next year? I think so. Let's face it, most folks don't smoke anything anymore anyways.

Biding adieu, I continue on my stroll. South on Yonge Street to Dundas Square. West through the Eaton Centre to Toronto City Hall. West along Queen St. through SoHo. North on Spadina Avenue to Kensington Market.


It's a crisp, sunny, autumn day with a stiff breeze in the air. The tree leaves everywhere explode in wild bursts of colour. Crimson. Red. Bright yellow. Providing plenty of opportunities for quiet reflection on a very special day. One I've been waiting a lifetime for. Well, at least since I first started toking back in 1972. 

Yes! What a bloody long, strange trip it's been! And now? Here's some thoughts and observations:

Legalization has come about as a result of the largest and most successful act of civil disobedience in Canadian history.  Let's face it though -the government and police have totally lost the War on Pot but don't seem to realize it yet, as they scramble to prop up Prohibition 2.0, in it's wake. 

In Ontario, we can now smoke pot anywhere tobacco is allowed. I am quite enjoying a quiet, peaceful vape as I walk about in public without fear of any bullshit. To be quite frank, as a medical user and cannabis activist, I pretty much regularly do so anyway. Still, it's pleasant. A liberating relief. One less nuisance in my autumn years!

I pass three familiar dispensaries on today's downtown walk. Alas! MMJ in Yorkville has finally shut it's doors. Zen Zoo on Queen West is now only selling CBD's until further notice. The lights at the Green Room on Spadina Avenue have gone dark. Yup! the Ontario provincial Ford government has threatened to withhold licenses from anybody who's still open to illegally sell pot today.

Welcome to Legalization Day 2018! The irony of ironies: Pot is now legal across Canada. However, in Toronto, Ontario, arguably our largest market, not a single brick and mortar store is legally open for business on the first day. Not until April 1st of next year! 

True, you can order weed from the government run Ontario Cannabis Store [OCS] website. Then wait a few daze, at least, for it to be shipped via Canada Post. 


Or you can go on Weed Maps. My perfectly decent Godbud is readily available for $120 an ounce. That includes the taxes and friendly same day delivery to your front door. 

Meanwhile, at the OCS site? 15 grams of Godbud cost $136.35 tax included, plus $5 delivery.

OK. Go figure it out: Toronto's brick and mortar dispensaries are supposed to shut their doors until next April, even though pot is legal now? Duh!

Expect the underground market to be flooded with cheap, plentiful weed. Just go online to score a great deal. And don't throw your favourite dealers number away -not just yet!

Oh brave new world! Cannabis never should've been made illegal in Canada in the first place. Despite legalization, the underground market is still the place to go to buy good, cheap pot. What fools our politicians be...


Many of our downtown head and grow shops are having a special sale to celebrate legalization day. There's 20% off a lot of dope paraphernalia at the Toronto Hemp Company on Yonge St. All sorts of promotions at The Friendly Stranger on Queen St. too. The Sacred Seed is busy readying it's seed bank to meet all our new, legal horticultural needs. Obviously, there's no need for these very familiar cannabis entrepreneurs to shut their doors now that legalization is upon us. Matter of fact, watch for the Friendly Stranger to position themselves for weed sales in the daze ahead come next April. 

Smart move! It's a well deserved payoff for those who've stayed the course with decades of faithful service through thick and thin under Prohibition.

I continue my stroll. Note that there are lots and lots of parties and celebrations listed online. Mostly of the corporate weed strain. Our big boy, licensed producers are kicking into action, a la Trudeau's corporate cannabis agenda. No surprise! The straights are eagerly lining up to cash in. 

It would've been nice to join the impromptu festivities in downtown Bellwood-Trinity Park for an peoples' "smoke in" of sorts. A chance to rub shoulders with my fellow tokers, from the great, un-corporate washed, masses! But 4:20 pm finds me at Jodies Joint in Kennsington Market. It's only fitting to spend it on Legalization Day with some of the real movers and shakers behind our successful, counterculture, cannabis movement.


With Jodie!

Cannabis Culture activist/ entrepreneur Jodie Emery is busy sequestered upstairs with the national media to outline our pressing, ongoing legalization concerns. She pops down. Says hello to the cannabis faithful, gathered for a cup of java to see her and say thanks for her unrelenting efforts. The good fight for open free market weed and our Canadian civil liberties continues.

Across the street, the crowd gathering in front of Abi Roaches Hotbox Lounge spill onto the street. Abi heads out for an impromptu meet and greet. We thank her profusely for helping lead the cannabis lounge and dispensary fight. For providing kool and friendly places where we can safely and comfortably gather to toke, off the streets, outside our homes. Beyond prying eyes, sharp tongues, the bully boys and worse! And of course to congratulate her. Abi's now heading NORML Canada. The good fight goes on.


With Abi!

Heading home happily buzzed on the subway, I can only surmise that with legalization, not much has really changed, at least for me. Still, with lots more recreational tokers being introduced into the legalization mix, we long term cannabis enthusiasts, especially of the medical cannabis ilk, now have a safer, firewall around us. The worst is behind us. The writing is on the wall -Cannabis is legal in Canada!

No doubt, Canadian legalization seems like little more that a shameful government-corporate monopoly cash grab at present. And legalization is a total legal mess. It will still take a decade or two of court action to straighten things out. 

In the meantime? Relax. Fire up a joint. And keep up our cannabis activist efforts. Indeed, I think Jodie has put it best:


New marched.
We protested.
We ran for office.
We created media.
We lobbied politicians.
We formed businesses.
We made alliances.
We used civil disobedience.
We got arrested.
We went to court.
We changed laws.

We did the right thing.


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Friday, 21 September 2018

Oh Cannabis Fall 2018 News y Views!

Inhale! Hold! Exhale! Smile! Then Read "Oh Cannabis News Y View" @ Summer @ Spring  @ Winter 2 @ Winter 1 @ Fall 2 Fall1 Summer @ May-June @ Spring 2 @ Spring 1 @ Jan-Feb @ December Live tweets @ davidchiarelli -Inhale! Hold! Exhale! Smile!


Justin Trudeau: Legalization Sinner + Saint! Thanks but .....

HEADLINES

Canada Legalizes Pot October 17th!

Canuck Legalization? A Weed Shortage Ahead! 

Prohibition 2.0 -Huge Dispensary + Pot Lounge Crackdown Looms!

We Won't Back Down: Medical and Recreational Cannabist's React With Uncertainty to Legalization and Prohibition 2.0!

Canadian Medical Cannabis Rights To Remain In Place!

Late Start: Ontario's Ford PC's Promise Open Market Weed, maybe in 6 more months!

Midterm Madness: US Government Fake News Offensive Aims To Thwart State Legalization Process, while Democrats eye progressive cannabis vote!

South African Courts Legalize Weed!

Uruguay Legalization Updates!

Pot: The China Card!

Willie Nelson Smokes Pot! [Eh? You didn't know?!?....]

Much More ......

OH CANNABIS



Sh-Sh-Sh Shattered!

Canada's Cannabis Act 2018: Here's a link to the complete text to our new federal act of parliament, which as of October 17, 2018, finally legalizes weed GC.CA

Handy Guide: Here are the different regulations that will come into effect across Canada, in each province, as the Canadian Cannabis Act takes effect on October 17th. They effect sales, consumption, cultivation and age limit etc. etc. etc. @ Leafly

Cannabis Offences: Here's a handy chart explaining what you can be charged with, under our new act and the penalties, courtesy Brazeau Sellar Law @ FB

Cannabis Activism Now: Here's how some of Canada's leading cannabis activists are reacting to the Trudeau government's unclear, arbitrary, and very repressive legalization act come October 17th. Think Prohibition 2.0 @ Global

Think Middle Class: Trudeau's plans for legalization were very much formulated with Canada's middle class values in mind, in this interesting piece @ NewState

Weed Shortage Ahead: Of course, Trudeau's hamstrung, licensed, corporate, weed producers won't be able to keep up with the huge Canadian demand come legalization. Duh. Thank god for Weed Map, and our flourishing indie dispensaries and delivery services. Disobey @ BloomB



Ontario Premier Ford can do good work when he sticks to things that he knows, which isn't much. So it should come as no surprise that our former hash dealer turned provincial premier has thankfully turned the Ontario weed monopoly upside down and created an open pot market in its place. Well done. Sure, there will be nonsense galore! And it doesn't even nearly get Dougie off the hook with all his other neo-conster BS [see Teacher Free Speech news y Views] but let's count our blessings. Here's what you can and can't legally do in Ontario as of October 17th @ ON.CA Read the full text of "Bill 36", the Ford government's "Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act 2018" @ OLA Here's a link to Bill 174, the outgoing Wynne government's Cannabis Act, which it now changes and amends @ OLA

Yes, Smoking: You can smoke pot in Ontario just about anywhere you can smoke tobacco, except near a playground, school, or in your boat or car, so even on the sidewalk is okay @ iPol @ CBC

Showdown: Ontario's small, indie dispensaries must close now if they wish to go legit later on in April, but who can afford that? @ CBC

Ontario Premier Druggie Fraud: Sure Doug said he'll look into allowing private dispensaries, but with the October 17th almost upon us, but there are still absolutely no new details yet. Nor have the previous Wynne government's plans for a government weed monopoly actually been replaced with any new laws or regulations for moving forward. Confusion and uncertainty reigns supreme across the province. City officials and law enforcement claim that they don't know what to do @ Global

LP Stores: Ontario's hamstrung licensed pot producers, who've done everything they were told, can now only open one retail outlet, no more, certainly not a chain @ BNN

LP Woes: Druggie Ford's deals in launching Ontario cannabis retail stores for nearly 6 months after October 17th, means some of our LP's are taking the ex-hash dealer turned Ontario Premier to court over a federal $82 million levy and lost revenues @ Globe

LP Snitches: Corporate Canopy Growth and Tweed are busy lobbying Ottawa to shut down Canada's thriving underground mom and pop dispensary market so that they can claim it all for themselves. Nothing new here but watch this get real nasty! To be fair, they did as they are told, but the government has tied their hands behind their back, as legalization approaches, and quite frankly, for the short term, they are screwed, unless police can succeed in shutting down the open market and eliminating any competition. Don't gamble on it! You might not want to buy too many stocks just yet, if you are so inclined @ Globe



Better Call Cary: A lot of tokers are going to be very, very disappointed to learn that the condo or apartment building where you live has banned pot smoking, despite legalization. Cannabis lawyer Caryma Sa'd helped us successfully fight the ban in my building, from a medical cannabis angle, but you better get hold of her asap, this issue is going to be real biiiiiiiig, and a royal pain in the ass in the daze ahead @ AD

Hot Box Hard Times: Many Canadian will be surprised when they wake up October 17th and learn that cannabis smoking, though now legal, will actually be banned in many apartments and condos, not to mention out on the street, or in the park etc. etc. etc. So where to go out to party and smoke? Across Canada, the prohibition laws against your friendly neighbourhood cannabis lounge's remain strictly in place, pretty much wherever you go. So congratulations! Now you can possess weed but have nowhere you can smoke it. Welcome to Canadian legalization! More @ TStar

PC's Bare Their Fangs: Doug Ford's Ontario PC's are threatening to blacklist any dispensaries that are open for business come October 17th. Like the landlord, they will also face huge fines! Here's the situation in Hamilton Ontario @ HSpec

BC Crackdown: There will only be one legal pot shop open for the whole of British Columbia come October 17th. The BC government is threatening to bust anyone else who's open for business. Otherwise you need to buy government licensed crud online from them and wait for Canada Post, who might be on strike, to deliver it. Sound crazy? A new police unit has even been set up to carry out the dirty deed. And you thought things were bad before legalization? Watch out! More @ Global

Political Suicide: Here's why the dispensary crackdown in BC might well not work as planned @ VIA



Not So Higher Ed: Canadian colleges and universities are moving quickly to ban smoking before cannabis is legalized. Note: These are complete indoor and outdoor bans! @ CTV

High School High: Or a real low rather .... a black Toronto Catholic high school student is suspended because he smells like pot. Sigh! Alas! Let the bullshit begin @ Star

Mail Strike: Government LP [Licensed Producer] Canopy Growth worries that an impending Canada wide mail strike will drive medical cannabis patients, not to mention recreational users, to the countries flourishing underground cannabis market. What?!? That's how most of us are already mostly buying our weed! Just think: The Ontario's PC's under Premier Ford will only allow government licensed mail order sales come October 17th. Just watch to see how quickly the government's ham fisted legalization plans crashes off the rails into chaos, across Canada, if the posties walk. A divine comedy! Duh @ Globe


CFAMM: Don't Tax Medicine: Canadians For Fair Access to Medical Marijuana provide an easy way to petition your provincial and federal MPP/MP's to stop the prohibitive and discriminatory tax on medical cannabis prescriptions. Do it in seconds online @ CFAMM

Med Pot Backlash: The CMA [Canadian Medical Association], in trying to protect it's doctors against the current legal and medical uncertainties of prescribing weed, recommends eliminating Canada's medical cannabis regime, and simply lumping patients in with Canada's recreational pot smokers to fend for our own, come October 17th. Medical cannabis activists quickly speak out against their short sightedness  Even the CNA [Canadian Nursing Association] strongly disagrees with the CMA. Fortunately, the Trudeau government decides to not take the CMA's advice, for now at least, but it's best to always remain vigilant, as you can see @ Leafly and @ Huff @ CBC 

Surete Du Quebec announces that a new Quebec police squad has been formed to crack down on weed dealers after legalization. The goal? To strictly protect the government corporate weed monopoly! Great shades of BC! More @ MTLB

No Cannabis Leafs Allowed: Quebec has banned retailers from selling or giving away anything with a cannabis leaf shown on it. But is that constitutional?!? Arguably, it limits free expression. They'll also need to prove it's harmful enough to warrant such a law. If so, then why aren't they going after beer and ciggies too? @ Huff

Canada-US Border Patrol: A well known, alleged, former Canadian hash dealer makes it across the US border just fine. There's no problemo. That's despite widespread fears anyone that who was associated with drugs will be hereto barred entry. Eh?!? Who wuz it??? Why Ontario Premier Druggie Fraud, that's who, ostensibly on his way to the US to fight Trump's NAFTA plans. Power does have it's privileges eh? @ Vice

IN THE NEWS



US Government's Not-So-Secret War On Cannabis: A news leak reveals the Trump administration's MPCC [Marijuana Policy Co-ordination Committee] is going to try to thwart both the positive cannabis messaging and successful state legalization drives across the USA, by spreading lots of fake news stories, or as we used to say "lies", about our favourite weed. Hello Reefer Madness 2.0 @ Buzz

Flopping Bigly: Trump, with an eye on the polls, might not even support the plan. Plus the cat is now out of the bag about the MPCC's nefarious plot. Here's more on why their fake news strategy will fail @ Motley

Election High: US Democrats, also with an eye to this fall's mid term elections, are cautiously supporting legalization across the US, to get out the progressive vote against Trump and the GOP @ Politico



Cannabis Vote Project: Find out the various candidates stand on legalization, where you live, and vote accordingly this fall @ CVP

5 Worst: For starters, here are 5 well known GOP and Democratic House Reps who's "policy" on legalization really sucks @ Forbes

Uruguay #1: In 2013 Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize pot. It sells for $1.40 a gram, or you can grow up to 480 grams yourself, or as a part of a growing club, each year. Quite predictably, US the nation's US banking interest's are not impressed @ CNN

South Africa #3: As far as legalization goes, South Africa now joins Uruguay and Canada in the world leadership department. It's high court has overturned the countries cannabis laws prohibiting adults from possessing it for their personal use @ BBC

China Weed: Did you know that China grows half the world's weed? That they have been secretly raving to corner the world market? More @ Civilized

GREEN MARKETING




Welcome to the Ontario Cannabis Store Website! It''s the largest government run cannabis shop in the world. Also, for now, the only legal way to buy weed in our province, until next April. Or else, you can illegally buy it just about everywhere else .... @ BoC @ iPol @ City

Price Watch: Here are the top 10 sativa's from Canada's licensed producers. The price range? $8-9.67 a gram, plus shipping. The THC count? 13.8-19%. Hmmmm. Hey! Don't lose your dealer's number anytime soon! @ Hmed

Pot Tourism: Changes to Ontario's Cannabis Act will help pot tourism and the hospitality industry blossom across our province under legalization. For starters, guests will be able to toke in a boutique hotel room or B+B @ MBD



Sisters Got The Power: Black women face a lot of racial and sexist discrimination, subtle and otherwise, in participating in the cannabiz industry. With legalization spreading across Canada and the UDS, the stakes are high, but they are going for it anyway @ Essence

"Old Boys Club" or "O' Brave New World": The boardrooms of Canada's top licensed cannabis companies are ... guess what ... still very old school and dominated by men @ Forbes

Misogyny + Weed: Seems our sisters of colour are not alone with some of their concerns. Is the cannabiz community headed towards it's very own "Me Too" moment?! Here's how to spot if your business is at risk to hopefully, as concerned and caring cannabis activists, safely level the sexist player field before the situation explodes. Certainly, we can do better than this! @ BigBud



Cannabis Advocate/ Entrepreneur Lisa Campbell turns her talents to developing Canada's blossoming cannabis hospitality sector, as the new CEO of Lifford Cannabis Solutions. Yay Lisa @ GO

Ethnoracial Pot: An Ontario study of a student's ethnic and racial background shows Asian youth are less likely to smoke pot @ Eenet

Millennials' Toke: The next generation increasingly prefers pot over booze. Perhaps there's hope for us all yet? @ MW



Karma Cup 2018: A splendid time was guaranteed for all. What a vendors market too! Read my blog series! Here's a recap of the winners @ Dankr

Karma Cup Snitch: Seems a certain government LP couldn't stand the Karma Cup competition during the TIFF [Toronto International Film Festival]. So they got the Adelaide St. West location shut down after Day 1. Drat? Foiled! It reopened on Church Street, business as usual on time the next day. Ha! More @ TLeaf



Legacy 420: The classic, indigenous, pot superstore continues to pack us into the Tyendinaga Mohawk Reserve outside Belleville Ontario. By the way, there's also dozens of more dispensary's! I'm a regular at Smoke on the Water, Peacemaker's, Oasis and Field of Dreams myself! See plants, prosperity and sovereignty work hand in hand @ Star

Ker-Trumped: China responds to the Donald's trade war with a bunch of new new tariffs that are going to drive the price of your vape pens waaaaaaaay up @ WeedR

Higher Learning



Fake News: The Pot Stigma: False and misleading news misinformation has falsely been the main driving force in creating feeding, and sustaining cannabis' negative image. The author Chris O'Brien examines Toronto's Project Claudia and Gator busts as a case in point, in his essay. He quotes numerous local activists, including yours, truly, on Noam Chomsky and manufacturing consent. Thanks Chris! I somehow missed this one. Lotsa real great info links here too @ Dankr

Marijuana -The Weed With Roots in Hell: Of course, we can't leave out the film industry for helping create the pot stigma too! Have you seen this oldie oldie from 1936 before? Guess what? You can get pregnant, dance and dress funny or even drown, if you dare smoke weed! Gotta love the hopped up beach party weed scene too! Yowza! Boy! Those 30's gals y guys sure knew how to get wrecked! Lotsa reefer madness @ Youtube



Therapeutic Cannabis: Towards a new transcendent ethic, with insight, introspection and a focus on personal recovery, through pot. Ommmm @ NB

How To Store Your Weed: Make that stash last! It's easy! Just be sure you do it right @ HT @ Leafly

Canna-Health Care: The groundbreaking impact of legalization on our Canadian healthcare system will need to be monitored very closely. Health and safety issues? Medical cannabis access? The issues are many, and under prohibition, very little real research was ever actually done. Let it begin @ Global

Pot For Pets: Here's a "must read" guide on CBD oils for your pet @ LeafSci

HIGH TIMES



It's All Going To Pot: 85 year old, country legend and pot head Willie Nelson speaks out on weed and politics. Says he'd like to get high with SnoopMeryl Streep and Pope Francis. Ha. Ha @ ET

Mars Needs Pot: Futurists and Urban farmers are busy now making sure tomorrow's Mars colonists will be able to grow their own weed. Far out man, real faaaaaar out @ FC 



Nugswap: Howzabout a cannabis co-operative where growers can swap buds? Much more to follow! Dankmasta P explains @ TTB

High With A Little Help From Our Friends: How John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Led Zeppelin, Allen Ginsberg and the Grateful Dead helped kick start Canada's counterculture legalization movement way back in the day. Includes a history of prohibition in Canada too! Hmmm. Have I spotted this before?! Well, it deserves another read @ Star


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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Teacher Free Speech Fall 2018 News y Views!

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EDUCATION BEAT


No Consent: Ontario secondary school students rally across the province to protest the Ford PC's social conservative "repeal" of Ontario's modern, inclusive, sex education curriculum. Our young student activist's tell the Premier that they don't consent to his regressive move in no uncertain terms @ Star @ Globe @ We The Students!

Sex Ed Charter Violation: The CCLA [Canadian Civil Liberties Association] argues that censoring LGBTQ issues from Ontario's sex ed curriculum will "do real harm" to the province's LGBTQ students and their parents. Of course, our new Premier might just once again brazenly evoke the Notwithstanding Clause, to override their Charter Rights, as he has threatened. But as the saying goes -no justice no peace. More @ CBC

Soc-Con Snitch Line: The Ford PC's quickly pick a fight with Ontario's teachers, as our provincial Conservatives are apt to do, once again forgetting whom helped bring about the Great Tory Demise of 2003. Get this -Parents that discover their children's teachers aren't blindly following Dougie's social conservative sex ed dictates, on the repealed curriculum, are supposed to report them to him by phone. Sadly, Ontario's teachers are now caught between a rock and a hard place -Ford verses the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, their professional standards and the Ontario College of Teachers. ETFO and OSSTF quickly guarantee their union member's legal assistance, if they get caught in the middle, as Ford's shit hits the fan. More @ Star



Catholic Sex Abuse Scandals: As the Catholic Church is increasingly exposed for systemic, widespread corruption as the biggest pedophile organization in the world, Canadians, even those who are practising Catholics, must now ask ourselves: Should we be publicly funding the separate school system and providing the church with tax breaks any longer? Truly it's impossible to enable, hide or ignore the long track record of horrific abuse, least of all in the name of God and ahem ... Christian values @ CBC @ Buzz Another POV @ CV

Why Do Unions Matter! Even if you don't belong to one? You like weekends, holidays, maternity leave, safe working conditions, healthcare, worker rights and a pension don't you? Thank the union movement! More @ NYT

OH CANADA



NotWithThinking: Ontario Premier Doug Fraud is found guilty by a judge and shell shocked Torontonians of violating our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, without even giving it much thought. His new PC government has arbitrarily cut city hill from 47 to 25 elected councillors. Dougie thought that it would've been okay to abuse the Charter's "Notwithstanding Clause" to nix the verdict, rather than even bother to wait for an appeal. The Notwithstanding clause? Well, it's a very Canadian constitutional oddity and he uses it sort of like how Trump abuses his "Executive Orders", just to get his own way. Now, in grotesquely throwing our fall city election into total chaos as a part his lingering grudge match with city council's progressive wing, he is also unfairly disadvantaging many candidates, and undercutting our citizen rights to fair and equal representation. Very sad! Pathetic! Even tragic! More @ Star

Majority Rule?!?: Premier Fraud won Ontario's spring election with a majority of seats if not the actual vote. He now insists that gives him the complete right to do as he bloody well pleases, supposedly by "majority rule". In so doing, he displays a complete lack of respect and understanding for how Canadian democracy really works, vis a vis the rule of law, our Charter Rights, and the very important role of the judiciary within our constitution. Sadly, it looks like he'll actually get his way with city council. So what's the silver lining, if any? The PC's political honeymoon, on short notice, is now all but over. Our Fraudster Premier's fitfully revealed himself rather belatedly to the electorate in no uncertain terms. At least now the battle lines are clearly drawn, so everybody finally knows where we stand in the big fight ahead, over the next four years @ CBC @ Star


A Pandora's Box: Premier Fraud seems totally oblivious that he's crossed a very dangerous political line, in evoking the Notwiththinking Clause to override our Charter Rights, opening up a real Pandora's box for year's to come. Let's be completely objective. Imagine future NDP or Liberal governments using the clause to do whatever they want too! What a horror show! A truly ugly, impulsive precedent has been set totally without any sober thought or care. It's no way to govern responsibly in a complex, developed country and democracy like Canada. For shame! @ CBC



Everything Is Broken: Surprised? Premier Fraud has a long, very shady and disgraceful political record, dating back to his term as councillor and wingman for  brother Mayor Rob Ford at Toronto City Hall. Still the putz has managed to easily seize control of the provincial PC party, win the spring election, and turn our Canadian constitution upside down on it's head. Not only do we desperately need to defeat the PC Fraudster in the next provincial election, but it clearly shows that our legal and political system also carefully need to be fixed, so that this chaos doesn't happen again @ NatPo

Rise and Fall of Caroline Mulroney: Lots of Ontarian's had high leadership hopes for Caroline as our our new AG [Attorney General]. She's also the daughter of a former Prime Minister who ironically, is a very strong critic of the "Notwithstanding Clause". However, her complete spineless inaction and compliance during the recent crisis has now totally overshadowed all of that. Surely, it's time for her and the Ontario Progressive Conservatives to drop any pretence of being "Progressive" and change the party name. As for Ms. Mulroney, it's going to be a very long, and nasty 4 years before we can bid her 
adieu. But meanwhile we can give her a damn good run for her money @ Star

Fact Check Time: Premier Fraud didn't conduct any public consultation whatsoever on his plans to slash Toronto City Council, despite his claims of widespread support for his haphazard actions. Like buddy boy President Trump, south of the border, our Fraudster's frequent, bogus lies always, invariably, and without reservation require that we very thoroughly fact check everything he says More @ iPol and @ Globe and @ Star



The Ticking Clock: The polling numbers are clear, both across Toronto and the province. Ontario overwhelming opposes PC Druggie Ford's crude and uncalled for use of the notwithstanding clause. He's clearly exposed and branded himself as the crass, unabashed Neo Con Fraudster that he really is, despite his manipulative,  mainstream charm. Doesn't even seem to care that smack in the middle of his government's honeymoon period he's gone shot himself and the party in the foot. True, it's still very early in his term, but he's now painted a huge, inviting target on his political back for all to clearly see. Really, our Fraudster Premier is only making our job to unseat him and his lackey, unethical PC government, all that much, more easy over the four years ahead @ Global

Election Meddling 101: Folks are understandably very upset about the prospect of Russian election meddling south of our border. However, quite ironically the US has also regularly rigged elections in other lots of other countries, including Canada, for many years. Consider President Kennedy's successful coup de etat in helping defeat Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. Why? Because he refused to arm Canada with US nuclear US tipped weapons of mass destruction, without being properly consulted or warned, thereby royally pissing off JFK during the controversial Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962!? Whew! Now it can be told! A must read @ Boyko 1 and @ Boyko 2

IN THE NEWS

US Mid-Term Elections: Also, see my reports and links in "Oh Cannabis Fall 2018 News y Views" @  

Corruption Central: What's worse? A corrupt leader or a corrupt country? Wow! Here's why Trump supporters don't believe he's corrupt, nor worry much about it. Consider all points of view @ Atlantic

Ex-Gay Files -The End of Gay to Straight Electro Shock Therapy in the UK: Here's how an investigative journalist helped finally expose and end the horrifically abusive "conversion" practice in the UK @ Ind




Attack of the Online Bots Etc: Here's how the lowly, often undetected "bot" can help swing popular opinion and effect election results without us even knowing it. Includes instructions on how to spot them @ WP

Much More To Come ......

KULTURE KULT INK



Lennon Remembered: This fall, the ex-Beatlemeister finally gets the "Imagine" 6 disc deluxe box-set treatment to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic rock album's official release. Imagine that! Of course, the faithful have long ago already scored a nearly endless, unreleased stream of Lennon "Imagine" bootleg outtakes, rare songs and videos! So why take so long to try to cash in?!? Does anybody beside the aging Beatlemaniac still care? BTW, in our crazy, post 9/11 world, Mr. Lennon is very sadly missed. Can just imagine what he'd have to say! @ UCR



The Falling Man: Photos of 9/11 jumpers from the WTC are often censored or viewed with shame in the US. They were hardly cowards, nor few or far between. Rather they were just simply everyday people like you and me. Truly, they are among the real unknown soldiers in the horrific terror wars that still continue to brutally victimize innocent folk of every colour, faith and nationality around the world, as collateral damage, even today! A very powerful piece @ Esquire 

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Art at the Paris Louvre: What does it mean?!?
A careful analytical study!

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The Snake!

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