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Thursday, 10 October 2019

Oh Cannabis Fall 2019 News y Views!

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OH CANNABIS

More Trudeau: A liberal minority win in this fall's federal election, sadly leaves the Liberal's corporate weed agenda firmly intact. Expect more bureaucratic inertia and health and safety reefer madness a la Prohibition 2.0! However, with the NDP and Greens holding the balance of power, we could see more private member bills, pushing for expungement and an end to the medical cannabis tax @ Leafly 

On The New NORML: NORML Canada held an open meeting October 17th, on the first anniversary of legalization, to announce it's new 5 point plan for the road ahead. The goal? To focus advocacy efforts on reforming Canada's highly flawed Cannabis Act @ NORML.CA @ NORML.CA

Dr. Mike Whitty from NORML Michigan and NORML Motorcity [Detroit] provided insights into that state's new recreational cannabis law. Former Health Minister/ BioMed Exec George Smitherman dropped by to discuss cannabis lounges and the Ontario Smoking Act. Then Abi Roach and the NORML Canada executive opened the floor to a lively discussion on the "unregulated" [as opposed to "black"] market. Over regulation. Medical cannabis access. Fear and stigma. Social discrimination in the cannabiz sector. US border crossings. Expungements and lots more.




Furious George On Pot!

Oh Cannabis is duly impressed and plans to incorporate the term unregulated market on a go forward basis. Applauds the new NORML's clear focus on many of the most pressing grassroots problems with Canadian legalization, as also regularly highlighted here on my blog site.

Afterwards, we were invited to an industry party for a local, legal, cannabis dispensary. They will remain nameless. I've slammed them before on my site, but they were still nice enough to let me in. Suffice to say that no toking was allowed, even though they were celebrating a new line of pre-rolls. And as for the cannabis edibles they were handing out? They contained no THC or CBD's! For shame!

The irony seemed totally lost on the business drinking crowd. We heads decided to just slip outside by ourselves, into the cold and dark, to do our stoner thing. Smoke our own boo. Sigh! Alas! How typical of the whole problem with the legal sector verses the unregulated market! 

Ever wonder why the legal scene isn't catching on?!? Quite simply, the whole corporate mindset and culture sucks! They just don't seem to get it! Nuff said!




Abi on The New NORML!

Sign Abi Roach's Petition: Toronto's Kensington Market Hotbox/ NORML cannabis activist is rightfully pissed! She's demanding that the Ontario Thug Ford government open up the dispensary application and licensing process just like like they would for any other legal business in our province. Say no 2 his corrupt "pot lotto" reefer madness @ Change.org

Thug Ford's Pot Lottery: It's Ontario losing ticket! Sadly, Canada's largest province can't even begin to provide enough weed to go around under the "system" Ford's created. Meanwhile, there's plenty of established indie retailers, who've suffered long and hard throughout prohibition. They could quickly rush in to meet the demand. Instead, the Thug's oh-so-lucky friends and lotto fiends continue to somehow win big time! Without having ever risked any skin in the real legalization game and struggle! No justice, no peace @ Globe

Procedurally Unfair: Thug Ford's "disqualified lotto winners" launch a legal challenge against the corrupt AGCO @ FP



Ford -Not Open 4 Business: How bad is it here? Even the province's OCRC, our government run crown pot corporation, somehow managed to lose $42 million over the last fiscal year, since legalization. How ironic! Ex- high school drug pusher Premier Thug Ford and his Neo Conservative party?They insist Ontario is open for business. While clearly lack any half assed business sense whatsoever! @ CP24

Ford Bans Vapes: In another half witted, knee jerk move, the Ford PC government bans vapes from gas stations and convenience stores. Few if any THC pens are sold there, legally anyway, but who knows what the fucktard will do next, as he reforms Bill 36, which governs legal cannabis sales in our province @ TStar @ Ipol

Canada Vapes: Our Canuck producers are standing by their soon to be legalized vape products, despite the recent US health scare. Much more on the real problems and issues below, and @ FP 

Nic'd: Canada's only confirmed, vape related illness to date involved nicotine @ Globe 



Cannabis Council of Canada: stresses that vape pens and their contents should be sold in a "properly regulated and responsible environment" @ Inc

Canadian Medical Association: urges the government to reduce the THC count in legal edibles from 10 to 5% for ... ahem ... "safety" reasons. Our underground craft producers will quickly make up the difference, especially for our more needy medical cannabis market. Internationally speaking? Canada's legal producers simply won't be able to compete there either, recreationally or otherwise. More reefer madness @ CH

Alberta Smokes: Seems Canada's western "Texas Lite" province has the best well oiled and functioning cannabis retail sector in the country. Their usually combative right and left wing politico's even managed to work together to get it right, whereas here in Ontario it's nothing but a total fucking mess @ CH

BC Ban: Promoting cannabis at any liquor-licensed venue or event in British Columbia is now strictly prohibited! But for booze it's okay?!? Crazy man crazy @ Straight



Indigenous Perspectives: Locked out of and not consulted on legalization, many of the First Nations in Canada have decided to declare weed sovereignty; that is to grow and sell their own cannabis on treaty lands. Legacy 420's Jordan Brant explains the many internal challenges and considerations that presents from an indigenous perspective @ JBrant

Here's another point of view about the right to create and enforce a indigenous "Cannabis Control Act" on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory outside Belleville, Ontario, where the Legacy 420 dispensary is located. The issues and implications run deep! More POV's @ RP

It's a very lively, in-depth community debate, bubbling under both the surface of Canadian politics and history. One we hear little about off the reserve. Truly, we can learn a lot from the First Nations' community approach to legalization. Plus from the terrific indigenous dispensaries and grow-ops that they are busy setting up. Ours often pale in comparison. No pun intended. Well, maybe ... 




Six Nations Green Cross 6N Police raid!

Six Nation Busts: When are dispensary staff beaten during a police raid? When they are indigenous. No?!? See above. Check it out @ DF

Police dispensary raids on Six Nation treaty lands are increasingly dramatical and quite brutal. In response, the Six Nations Peoples Cannabis Coalition is calling for more self regulation of the production and sale of cannabis on the reserves @ DF


Election Warning: Many First Nation chiefs across Canada are voicing a stern warning for whomever wins the fall federal election! Amend the Cannabis act to include indigenous treaty rights, so that conflict doesn't ensue! Serious business @ CBC

Canadian Federal Election My coverage of the main parties position, or lack thereof, on reforming our flawed Cannabis Act [2018] is @ HERE!

IN THE NEWS



Feel The Bern: US Democrat presidential candidate  Bernie Sanders promises to legalize cannabis, by executive order, within 100 days of taking office @ MF He also outlines a three step plan to block a big corporate takeover of the US cannabiz sector @ MM


Trumped: The befuckled US President gets his youth vaping crisis' mixed up. Bans flavoured cannabis vapes. They're not safe, it seems! Unlike opiods, or for that matter the NRA ... Well you get the picture @ Politico @ VF @ Vice

Safe US Banking Act: Good! SAFE [Safe And Fair Enforcement] has been passed by the House! Would finally allow the US cannabis industry to access the everyday, legal, banking and financial services, it so desperately needs to succeed. But it's also bad news! SAFE doesn't dare remove cannabis as a mucho verboten schedule 1 drug. So the long and short of it all? Our favourite weed remains a big no-no at the federal level. Plus, the bill's highly unlikely to be approved by all those GOP reefer madmen, still foaming at the mouth in the US senate @ BW

US Report Card: How does your state rate for medical cannabis access in 2019? Check it out @ Leafly

Two Thirds Support: Americans are increasingly in favour of legalization. Not only isn't it just for hippies anymore. More and more folks also realize, it just makes makes good business sense @ MR

Cannabis Summit: Women Republican and Democratic lawmakers from across US meet to knock heads. They calmly and rationally discuss legalization policy, showing the Big Boise [ ... duh ... ] how it's done right @ MM

Friends in High Places: Finally, a lot of top Republicans are speaking out for legalization and supporting the cannabis industry now too @ TCBD @ GH



Patricia Spottedcrow Verses the Stool Pigeon: A 25 year old single mom from Oklahoma got 12 years for selling $31 in pot to a police informant. Faaaa .... that's less than is sitting here beside my computer as I type ... !!! Patricia simply can't afford the court costs and fines, so she keeps getting tossed back in the slammer. And so it goes to be poor, indigenous and female! Once again; No justice -no peace @ Insider and OCSW

Makes Sensi: Mexico moves closer to legalize recreational weed. The plan @ Fool

GREEN MARKETING




All Dried Up: How greedy Bay Street financiers killed the golden goose of Canadian legalization @  Globe

Election High: Canada's cannabiz producers and investors alike are breathing a sigh of relief. Legalization under the Trudeau Liberals has been problematic at best. But had CPC Andrew Scheer had been elected, who knows what would've happened next?!? Now, they consider the way forward @ Fool

How 2 Tell If Your Vape Cartridge is Safe? Cannabis oil itself is quite safe. The danger is with the cutting and binding agents and other vaping liquids added for flavour, plus to make big clouds. Ditto the cheap and dangerous Made-in-China batteries. Check it out @ GE and @ Weedmaps

Vape Safety Requires Legalization Just like with any other consumer product, the cartridges and pens could be easily safety tested and proper standards set, if they weren't illegal. But of course, that just makes too much sense @ NYM @ FEE

Big Tobacco is using crisis to consolidate it's power over the massive new vaping market! Surprised? @ Vice



Up Yer Butt: The cannabiz sector is pulling out all the stops in marketing "Boof", a promising, new CBD "butt lube", to the LGBTQ community. Seems it's good for pain, inflammation and to relax too. Er .... face north, Jack @ MJ 

Corporate Woes: The cannabis market is growing growing faster than the marketing branders can define it. And so we watch as the corporate squares move in on our turf and try to co-opt us. Fall flat on their face @ Forbes

Reefer Madness 2.0: Despite legalization, the pot stigma remains! Sadly, the mainstream media in both Canada and the US continue to reinforce the same old, tired racial, criminal and cultural stereotypes about us, and our favourite weed @ FT

HIGHER LEARNING



Vaping Woes -The Scientific Evidence: Since cannabis has been illegal up until now, nobody in the scientific community could properly investigate the problems that naturally arise, as with anything new. That's slowly changing. For now, we've got the CDC [Centre 4 Disease Control] investigating pulmonary disease among E-cig users, for starters @ CDC [list]

Here's Why Cannabis Must Be Properly TestedWM

Driving Stoned: It's widely assumed that THC, like alcohol, impairs your driving ability. However, that's never been properly tested nor established as a scientific fact. Indeed, another recent report, suggests otherwise @  NORML


Gender Exclusion: Here's a timely reminder about inequality, discrimination and oppression within Canada's budding cannabiz sector. How does it effect indigenous women? Our LGBTQ community? Anyone and everyone who is somehow different than the mainstream "norm"?!? What can we do?!? Some of our leading cannabis activists, including Caelan HartCaryma S'ad and Abi Sampson speak out @ HV



"Yer Visual Guide 2 The Perfect Dab": Aka "A Lil' Dab'll Do Ya!"Leafly

How 2 Avoid Getting Banned From the US for Weed, Even CBD's?!?Vice



Sore Joints Department: Seniors rejoice! Our favourite herb is a safe and pleasant source of pain relief from arthritis! Here are some strains you might want to try @ GO @ MB @ Leafly

A Weed Overdose? It's all but impossible! Yup! You'd have to consume 400 grams of pure THC in a very short time. Basically, it's all about the receptors in your brain cells! Unlike with alcohol and most other legal drugs .... So put that in yer friggin' pipe and smoke it, Mr. Reefer Madness Mad Man @ IHL

HIGH TIMES:



"Where's Waldo?" or "The Real History of 420?" Truth be told, 5:20 pm would work better for me. It's when I'm most likely to wrap up my day. Decompress. Unwind. Get real laid back with my favourite weed. But 420 is THE stoner high holiday time, on a global scale! A massive, widespread counter-culture celebration of weed and our legalization struggle! So Hi! Hi! High! Resistance is futile! Er ... Here's how it all started! Thanks 2 the Waldo's, the Grateful Dead and High Times magazine @ MJ @ LS @ Time and WL


Karma Cup 2019: See my review with links @ HERE! The final 2019 results are in. See who won @ Karma!

This Year's Top 9 Fall Harvest Strains: Miracle Alien Cookies? OZ Kush? Dosi Punch? These best bud lists debates are always lotsa fun! What's your own favourite?  Feel free to add them in the "Comments" section below. See @ Leafly


COMMENT:

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Oh Cannabis 2019 Election Blog!

Welcome to my October 21st 
Canadian Federal Election Blog!



Throughout the next few weeks, I'll post the news and views links for each parties position on Canada's Cannabis Act [2018], from the mainstream and social media. 

So far, this election, they're few and far between. The prospects for constructive reform, rather bleak!

Without doubt our counterculture community has many pressing concerns about "legalization". Most focus around the Cannabis Act [2018]. The new Prohibition 2.0. And the government facilitated corporate takeover of our flourishing underground, home grown, grass root, cannabiz industry. 

Alas! The issues are too many to summarize here! But are all out lined in great detail on my Oh Cannabis News and Views blogs. You'll find the latest @ Fall 2019!

In short, as cannabis activists, we badly need to ask the right questions about "legalization"! At the all candidate debates! When they knock on our door! 

So that we can correctly understand and then explain the issues knowledgeably to others. Ask the right questions about our government's contentious, corporate weed agenda. Make an informed vote.  

Perhaps, even if only in some small way, create the pre-requisites for positive change! If not now in 2019, then for the ongoing struggle ahead!

You'll find the rest of my coverage of the 2019 Canadian Federal Election issues @ HERE!

OVERVIEW



Reforming Canada's Cannabis Act: Three of the leaders of English Canada's main federal political parties admit smoking pot. They include Justin Trudeau; the Liberals [LPC], Andrew Scheer; the Conservatives [CPC] and the Maxime Bernier; the People's Party of Canada [PPC]. But not so Jagmeet Singh; the New Democratic Party [NDP], nor Elizabeth May; the Green Party [GPC]. Though neither are against it. 

All five seem to now realize, that legalization is a huge cash cow for Canadian business and government alike. Sounds like there's some hope yet, eh? 

Sadly, as the 2019 election begins, the only party that has specifically targeted Canada's highly flawed Cannabis Act, are the Greens. Alas. They are a relatively, new, inexperienced and untried party. Mired in a distant third place fight with the NDP.

I'll make an endorsement before this is over. But really, think and decide for yourself. I just hope this blog helps! 

Here's a basic overview of where they each stand @ GH  @ MFool @ BNN @ CSSDP Lotsa links @ WW



The Big Boys: Most likely, the Liberals or Conservatives will win, forming a minority or majority government, depending upon how the next few weeks go. Both Trudeau and Scheer are treading lightly on the cannabis front. Perhaps because of the "negative stigma" still associated with it. Keeping very quiet about the real, underlying issues as they begin the race. Ostensibly, Trudeau's dissolute Liberals don't want to seem too "light and fun", what with all their other political scandals and troubles. Meanwhile, Scheer's Conservative, reefer madmen ran against legalization in 2015 and lost! So far, the less said, the better; for both Justin and Andy @ YFC

LIBERALS



The Corporate Party Line: According to the Liberals, legalization is a great success! The underground market's on the run! Edibles, topicals and vapes will also be available by Christmas! One can almost hear the birds chirping! So they're just focusing on other issues instead @ Global

CONSERVATIVES



Scheer Unclear: By gar, the PC's didn't release a party platform prior to the federal election. But apparently, they've changed their mind about weed. Reefer madness, no more. Kinda sorta. Or are they?!?

Our Andy is hinting that the party will maintain the status quo. Keep pot legal. Support a pardon. But as far as any exact details or a clear commitment go? Mum's the word! More @ CTV @ CTV

NEW DEMOCRATS



Singh's Song: Jagmeet's Liberal Lite NDP continue to play it safe. Seem doomed to battle the Greens for a third place finish. But don't write either party off. They could still prove useful! If we get a minority Liberal or Conservative government, whomever comes in third could very well hold the balance of power! Be in a very good position to make some demands! To prop the government up! 

In 2015, Thomas Mulcair's NDP ran on a bold decriminalization platform. Provided a very real if not fleeting alternative to Trudeau's legalization plans. But against all odds they lost -big time! Then folded! 

Nowadaze, you must look pretty hard at the reborn NDP's 2019 election platform for much mention of the dreaded devil's weed! However they've promised to expunge criminal records. Eliminate the medical cannabis tax. But you need to actually type in "cannabis". Search the NDP's "commitments" real hard for the passing references to that @ NDP

GREENS



May She? Hooray! Elizabeth May's Green Party actually has a complete, and thorough plan to substantially reform Canada's Cannabis Act. With an anti-corporate, government, monopoly thrust to boot! Still, their platform contains some very basic technical errors, as the Green's many critics have been so quick to help point out. 

So far, as a distant, struggling, third party, they haven't actually succeeded in drawing much attention to our weed issues. Let's hope the Green's find their mojo. Reverse the odds. Quickly get their friggin' election butt in gear. Even against the likewise, hapless NDP. Or else? Read their cannabis platform. Weep @ GPC. More @ CTV

PEOPLES PARTY



Max Minimum: Perhaps Libertarian Maxime's a spoiler at best, since he's split to the populist, far right of Scheer's CPC's. Still, he can count Canada's  "Prince of Pot"; cannabis activist Marc Emery, among his ardent supporters. As a philosophical acolyte of Ann Rand perhaps. Eh? Nope. I can't find anything about cannabis in Bernier's platform. Aside from a few, very vague, public comments. About some sort of regulatory and tax changes, he might make to the legal market. Anything more than that's MIA, but I'll keep trying. See @ GH @ CPP

Marc Emery Explains why he supports the Peoples Party of Canada @ Youtube

BLOC QUEBECOIS



Quebec Only: The struggling separatist party is only running candidates in Quebec, to represent la belle province's interests in Ottawa, until such time as they leave Canada, should that ever occur ... well, you get the picture.  It's confusing. There's not much close coverage in the English Canadian media. I'll keep checking, but they've have made no specific election proposals about reforming the Cannabis Act to date, as far as I can tell @ BNN Please, If anybody else discovers in any links, let us know. Perhaps in the "Comments" section below .....

TO DO-ABLE:


Join CFAMM's "Don't Tax Medicine" Campaign: Find out whom the federal election candidates are in your riding @ Elections.ca Get their Twitter Handle @ Lists Then Tweet them to ask if they support taxing medical cannabis? Why or why not? Tag your tweet to share @ #Don'tTaxMedicine!



Much More 2 Come ....

COMMENTS:

Monday, 23 September 2019

Teacher Free Speech Fall 2019 New y Views!

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OH CANADA

Did They Or Didn't They?!? Congratulations to Ontario's CUPE Education workers! Pending a membership ratification vote, CUPE has reached a last minute contract deal with the Ford government. Averting a school strike for now, during the Canadian federal election. But is it a good deal? And what happened?!? Did Ford fold? Or did CUPE sell the members short? AEFO, ETFO, OECTA and OSSTF too? Letting Doug the Thug off easy? Sadly, we need to wonder. It wouldn't be a first for our unionized education sector. Cross your fingers. Let's see this time! More @ TStar @ Global

Concession Bargaining: Sigh! Alas! CUPE's education workers had the Ford government's nuts to the friggin' floor, during this fall's Federal election. But let him go for a measly 3% wage and benefit increase over the next 3 years!!! 

Get this: 21% cry foul ball. A tepid 79% ratify the deal. For 1% per year?!? That's less than the inflation rate! The cost of living! It's a CUT in pay!  

Like it or not, as with the "OECTA Roadmap" in 2012, that's called concession bargaining! Officially, education cuts have now been sanctioned by a union partner, as the government contract negotiations wage and budget baseline. So who strikes out next? As ETFO, OECTA and OSSTF come up to bat? Can they show Thug Ford that, unlike CUPE, they mean serious business? Or is it too late? More @ CTV @ WSWS @ WSWS



CUPE Strikes? Last ditch contract negotiations continue prior to CUPE's Monday October 7 strike deadline. It's mid federal election. CUPE's 55,000 education support workers are at a 5 month bargaining impasse, in fighting for their sick days, decent working and learning conditions. A living wage. 

York, Peel, York and many other Ontario school boards are planning to immediately close their schools Monday, arguing safety and sanitary reasons. Meanwhile, the province's parents are left madly scrambling to find alternate day care arrangements, as push comes to shove. More on CUPE y the boards @ Globe Parents @ CBC



The Spin Game: A CUPE strike would squarely thrust the Canadian federal election spotlight on Ontario Premier Doug Ford's deep, very troubling public service cuts. Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer denies he'll follow BFF's Ford's lead, across Canada, if he wins on October 21st. Meanwhile, the ham fisted Ford's been desperately trying to lay low. Not complicate the facts for him, with any of his trade mark bullying and bluster. 

Will Doug The Thug finally agree to CUPE's not unreasonable demands? Or will a CUPE strike succeed in smoking Ford out? Embarrass and expose him? And Andrew Scheer? Or will the Conservative's back room boys be able to successfully spin it for parents, and the Canadian electorate? Get the better of CUPE instead? Without doubt, a province wide school strike blow's the door wide open to a huge, angry elephant in the Conservative war room @ CBC 

Front Line: An educational assistant speaks out. Shares her first hand experiences. See what life in the trenches is really like nowadaze, under Ford. For Ontario's students, education workers, teachers, and once world class, public school system. Read and weep @ CE

THE CANADIAN FEDERAL ELECTION RESULTS ARE IN: 



Canada Votes: Trudeau's back with a minority Liberal government! Moreover the narrow Conservative defeat is very good news, for we progressives! Do the math! Two thirds of Canadian voters choose a centralist of left of centre party! The NDP, Bloc and Green's now hold the balance of power in Ottawa!

But the national divisions run deep! Basically the Cons swept the prairies. Continue to do well in western Canada. The Bloc resurged in Quebec. While the Liberals take the urban vote in Toronto. Hold onto their power base across Ontario, Canada's most heavily populated province. Denying the Con's a hotly contested election, that seemed all but there's too lose! Whew!

Here's the cross Canada results @ CBC @ Macs Toronto @ City Ontario @ Ipol  Quebec @ Post  Alberta @ CalH  More @ CBC and @ Vice


All Out of Proportion: Both the Greens and the Bloc got about the same number of votes. But under our "First Past the Post" voting system, the first won 3 seats in parliament, the second 32! Here's how the election results would've looked under "Proportional Representation", as Trudeau promised in 2015 @ ConV



Politics of Division: It's the dirtiest federal election yet, with our prime minister reduced to campaigning in a bullet proof vest. The long term result? Alas! A huge wave of unwelcome, negative, US style election toxicity has now been injected into our Canadian body politic @ Walrus

BoP: Jagmeet Singh promises to use the NDP's balance of power to fight for universal pharmacare. Also to get the Trudeau Liberal's to drop their onerous appeal of Canada's Human Right Tribunal's urgent indigenous child welfare ruling @ CTV

Stinking Albatross: That's how Red Tory Peter MacKay describes party leader Andrew Scheer's losing "social conservative history" as he considers a possible Conservatives leadership bid to oust him. Git rid of Andy?!? Ah c'mon! He's such a putz. That was too much fun @ CTV

More Canadian Federal Election Coverage, specifically on reform of our highly flawed Cannabis Act [2018], is @ My Blog!

"Oligarchical Rigging 101" or "The SNC Lavalin Sideshow": All three of Canada's mainstream political parties; the Liberals, Conservative and NDP, continue to mudsling over the Lavalin scandal. Basically, it just distracts us throughout the fall election, from all the corporate butt kissing going on. Canada's political and judicial system system of government remains at the beck and call of Corporate Canada. It doesn't matter which party wins, ultimately they control them all. Zzzzz. Yawn. So let the finger pointing continue! It's just a side show. An amusing diversion. A corporate  blood sport. The status quo stays the same @ Tyee



Brownface Canada: Prime minister Justin Trudeau stumbles out the re-election post. US based Time magazine publishes a "Arabian Nights" costume photo [or two or three ... ]. Showing him back in 2001, painted up like Ali Baba, complete with dark make up and a turban, laughing it up at an elite private school party. Sure, Justin's indiscreet Disney dalliance paints a pretty ugly picture of the monied class, racism, and white privilege in Canada. But I guess our neighbours to the south only object to election interference, when it happens to them, eh? Just need to go find a willing Canadian partner. The story is Time Plus you'll find a very "Time-ly" reporting expose @ FTCP

Turban Power: Are Canadian's mature and open minded enough to vote for an NDP PM wearing a turban? Or are the media just trying to stir things up for Jagmeet Singh? @ CTV



Election Racism Frenzy: PC Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer, despite the rampant racism in his own party, goes on a vicious personal attack against Trudeau. Accusing him of being the most racist of all. But they miss the main point. Systemic racism is nothing new. It's rife throughout Canada, a historic by-product of wealth and privilege. It remains unchallenged today, despite all the self righteous, election furor @ CBC @ Huff

Jagmeet Demystified: NDP Party Leader Jagmeet Singh takes off his turban. Let's down the hair. Explains his Sikh turban for us. Knowledgeably. Sensitively. With a personal touch. And damn! He looks sooooo cool with long hair! Unlike Trudeau and Scheer, Jagmeet actually reaches out, to everyone who's been hurt by all the racial nonsense and joking around. Whom are someone often seen as lesser people, just because they're different. Don't closely conform to the elitist ideals @ CPAC . The high point? Jagmeet Singh uses the new story as a teachable moment to expose 5 misleading Sikh head wear myths! Seems a lot better at it too, than former teacher Justin Trudeau. Or for that matter, Andrew Scheer too. Well done @ CBC



BFF: Thug Ford y Andrew Scheer:  Premier Doug Ford successfully campaigned on "tax cuts for all". We got service cuts instead. Now the Thug's very desperate, fellow Conservative Andrew Scheer is quietly copying him to become the next Prime mInister of Canada. So far, he's had to tread very lightly in Ontario. Indeed, our voters have all ready seen where that leads. We've been conned once by their lies. Here we go again? @ CBC More on the "Doug Ford Factor" @ NP

Ford Tracker: Premier Thug Ford and his Ontario PC's have been very busy trashing our province's essential social services and safety net, since being elected in Spring 2018. Here's an ongoing record, with news links, for the damage to date @ OFL

Back 4 More: Wage caps? Teacher contracts? Fiscal updates? Carbon pricing? Alcohol y cannabis sales? Autism services? Housing? Health sector reform? Ontario place? Etc? Etc? Etc? The Canadian federal election is over! Ontario Premier Doug Ford is suddenly back from a 5 month "holiday". Hang onto your hat! Here's a sneak peak at the burning political issues in the action packed, firestorm that lies ahead @ CBC

98% School Strike Support: That's how many of ETFO's Ontario's elementary public school teachers and education workers have voted in support of strike actions, if necessary. The provincial contract talks are badly stalled. Better start making alternate daycare arrangements now @ CTV

More Strike Votes: OECTA, Ontario's English Catholic elementary and secondary school teachers, will also hold a strike vote. It concludes November 13th. The goal? To fight Ford's regressive educational agendaOECTA Ditto OSSTF, representing the province's public school teachers! They vote November 15th, after months of government inaction and delays @ OSSTF



OTTP Dumpster Fire: Faced with an impasse, the Ford government wants Ontario's teachers to pillage their pension plan surplus. It's a quick, unseemly, cash, smash and grab for all concerned. A pox on our teachers if they're that short sighted. As for the Ontario PC's? Absolutely, no business smarts. Nor sound, sustainable, financial sense. You call yourself fiscal conservatives?!? For shame @ SC

OSSTF "Open Negotiations": The Ontario public school teacher union announces it'll openly post and share it's bargaining position and any updates online, during the ongoing contract negotiations, with the Ford government. IMHO the transparency is refreshing.  Hopefully better engaging the membership. Responsibly. Making the whole bargaining process a lot more accountable. With no more nasty last minute surprises, come the ratification vote, when the final deal is presented to them. We'll see. Open up! Waaaaaay up! OECTA take note! More @ TStar

Culture of Secrecy: Many unions are ending the questionable practice of media blackouts and closed door negotiations, during the collective bargaining process. During the 2012 and 2015 contract negotiations, our Ontario teachers often felt deeply betrayed by all the secret back room wheeling and dealing that occurred. The shocking concession bargaining practices, and so on and so forth. It's well documented in my Teacher Archives, top left of your screen. Check it out if you weren't around. Or need a refresher course. Anyway Kudo's to OSSTF. But betcha the OECTA catholic code of silence, as always, stays firmly in place. More on the new union approach @ BP



OECTA Pre-Empted: Ontario's Catholic teachers accuse the Ford government of unfairly "pre-empting" contract talks through teacher layoffs and drastic increases in  class size. Seems Ford's violated the integrity of the teachers bargaining process. Wrecked havoc among the student learning environment. While running roughshod over various, very important and legally binding "statutory freeze" clauses. All in all, it looks a lot like another constitutional court challenge, a la Bill 115, back during the McGuinty years. More @ Star

CUPE OSBCU Votes 93%: The Canadian Union of Public Employees are now in a legal strike position come September 30th. CUPE represent our Ontario's school staff, including the custodians, educators, paraprofessionals and office workers. Sadly, contracts talk are stalled with the right wing Ford government, as the big Thug takes a PC wrecking ball to our much needed provincial social services. Ford's goal? To pay for big, fat tax breaks for his rich friends! CUPE's options? Work to rule. Or maybe a full blown labour strike. Expect lotsa CUPE fireworks smack dab in the middle of our fall federal election! BFF's Andrew Scheer and Premier Doug Ford beware! @ CUPE

Fox North: The right wing Toronto Sun is hellbent, on helping elect CPC Neo Conster Andrew Scheer as Prime Minister of Canada, anyway they can. Beware! Very aware! Over the years they've shamelessly endorsed everything from racial apartheid to anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. And now, they're out to convince us to vote for Andrew Scheer! Consider the [news] source @ N99

IN THE NEWS



Impeach Trump: Read the full text of the House resolution on the Trump impeachment process @ ABC 

A House Divided: The Republicans and Democrats vote sharply along party lines. Public support for the inquiry remains at above 50% CNBC

Finally! The Democrats are going to try to impeach Trump! But not with the Mueller Report! Instead, it's on a go forward basis! To wit: Since Russiagate, Trump's busier than ever with his corrupt, self serving bullshit. Seems like he's now trying to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 US election. This time vis a vis the Ukraine, Australia and China. Hoping they'll help him dig up dirt. Make up stories. Ruin Democrat leadership forerunner, Joe Biden and his son Hunter. 

This time though, it looks like he's been caught red handed in the act! The Whistleblowers complaint is @ Wired The Trump Transcript @ CNN Australia @ NYT  China @ NBC

Upside Down: The journalist who originally reported on Joe, and his son Hunter, explains how the right wing spin doctors misrepresent the real Biden-Ukraine story @ Intercept

The Conservative Media is real busy trying to bury the whistleblowers report under a flurry of misleading conspiracy theories @ MM

Out Foxed: Fox News is a prime example. It's a major source of news and views for many in the US. It's been very busy helping Trump, by either ignoring or weaving a false narrative about his impeachment @ MM

"Down But Not Out" or "The Trump Grievance Machine": Sure Trump is about to finally get raked over the coals in the lead up to the 2020 US election. However, the Trump campaign is successfully using these conspiracy theories and the impeachment proceedings, to fundraise huge amounts of cash. Can he buy his way out of this? More @ Politico



The World Stops Listening: US President Donald Trump has devalued American credibility, power and prestige such that much of the world no longer respects or feel they need the United States. That's unlikely to go away, whether he's still around after 2020 or not. The damage at home and abroad has been all ready done, much more effectively than any progressive, anti-imperialist critic could've ever dreamed. But make no mistake! Trump's also created a very unstable power vacuum in his wake. Not just America's important, international allies have noticed. Other various big, bad boy, dictators, terrorists and assorted malcontents are also very busy out there, carefully taking notes. Planning accordingly @ Macs

Boris y Natasha Redux: Meet the top secret Russian GRU Cyber Spy units trying to help destabilize the US and Europe. Think Russiagate for starters .... Here's how they work @ MSN

EDUCATION BEAT




Denominational Vs Human Rights: Canada's largest Catholic public school board, the TCDSB, might not add genre identity and family status, to it's code of conduct. Apparently it's "uncatholic to do so", even here in Toronto. So we're all expected to pay for this blatant violation of our Ontario Human Rights Act, on the public dime?!? A final decision is expected soon [See below]. Expect a lot of fireworks. Also more than a few constitutional challenges and Catholic school public funding debates should the motion pass @ CBC Across the GTA, 1 in 4 high school student's report being the victim of hateful, homophobic and trans phobic comments and more @ OHRC  @ CBC @ CBC

Gender Identity and the Catholic Schools: The TCDSB seem to think that denominational religious rights will trump Ontario's Human Rights Code when it comes to gender identity and expression. But would that hold up in court? And if not? A case of cutting off your nose to spite your face?!? More @ CBC

Right Wing Watch: Campaign Life continues to help organize the effort at the TCDSB @ CPL Alt right poster girl Faith Goldie has been very busy too @ FG

TCDSB Meeting Dates: Mark your calendars -Subcom -October 30th and November 7th! The final board vote is on November 21st!

Special Ed Integration: Ontario's Ford government is hellbent on integrating all special education students into the regular classroom setting. Including the most violent and challenging ones! Realistically speaking, numerous educational assistants and other in-class supports are desperately needed, for such a plan to even half work. Too bad! The Ford government is cutting them, to ostensibly help balance the provincial budget. Pay for his tax cuts for the rich. More on the truly, horrific problems ahead @ NFR

Millennial's Matter: The youth vote elected Trudeau in the 2015 federal election. An older, angry vote might now well turf the Liberals out. After all is said and done, it's the voter turnout which actually wins an election. Will our young voters still show up, in large numbers, this fall? Are they still attracted to the Trudeau Liberals? How about the NDP? The Greens? Or will they be outnumbered by the older, white male Canadians whom vote PC? More @ CBC



Chicago School Strike! The teachers vote on a tentative contract after 11 days marching the picket lines. The offer includes caps on class size, while providing more student supports and a 16% salary raise over the next 5 years. Ontario teachers take note! Chicago teachers take no guff! Plus they don't back down. Hint. Hint. Hint @ RS

Greta Thunberg: A co-ordinated network of climate deniers, across Europe, the US and Canada, is out to discredit her calls for action by any means necessary. Can't see that appealing to our next generation of voters and decision makers, during their formative years. Talk about being on the wrong side of history .... But damn the torpedos @ TVogue

Indigenous Activist Top 10: Meet 10 of North America's most leading edge, indigenous activists. These innovators and disrupters are strongly speaking out about pressing First Nation issues, with deep, universal implications for all of us today! Youth Suicide? Violence against women? The destruction of our environment? Racial stereotyping? Truth and Reconciliation? Colonialism now? Learn more @ Imp

Socialism Now? Good news for Canada's left! But not stateside! Unlike in the US, most Canadians have a positive view of the socialist bugbear that Americans love to hate -in equal measure! Up here, the times they are a' changing. Sooner or later. It's just a matter of time @ Star

Why People Hate Religion? A pox on the countless charlatans and phonies amongst our oh-so-newsworthy Christian conservative circles! Sadly, they're undermining all the good, social justice work of those hands on Christians whom still humbly follow His example. Instead of passing judgement or looking for fault, they're still actively helping desperate refugees, the poor and downtrodden today! @ WP

KULTURE KULT INK




The Best: Trailblazing, sixties, R+B iconoclast Tina Turner is enjoying retirement. At age 79, she's doing "absolutely nothing she has to do" for a change. But continues to dish out some helpful advice on ... get this ... relaxing. Yup! Our Tina's still alive and well @ N1 Some Tina tunes @ Youtube Live Concert @ YT @ 60's

"Now It Can Be Told" or "I Hate Tim Horton's More Than I hate Donald Trump": Let's face it! Faux "Canadian values" donut shop Timmies exploits it's workers. Plus simply put, it's just trez unkool! @ TStar

Sad: A Liberal snowflake turns white supremest book burner after being radicalized online by the right  ... but now she's seen the light ... Ya right! Puleeze! Whatever yer political ideology, let's take responsibility for ourselves, not just blame somebody else @ CNN


Happy Autumn? Thanksgiving? Not if you're indigenous; a member of our First Nations! Think about it: Settlers come from Europe. Steal your land. Destroy your way of life. Then want to celebrate it every fall?!? More @ Think

Much, much more 2 come ....



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