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Friday, 1 February 2019

Oh Cannabis Winter 2019 News y Views!

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THE YEAR AHEAD

Welcome to 2019: There's plenty of challenges ahead in Canada's first full year of legal weed! Sales? Shortages? Edibles? Driving Regs? Legal Pardons? Read all about it @ Vice

Legalization Is A Legal Mess: Home cultivation? First Nation rights? Our new zero tolerance driving laws? These pose serious constitutional challenges that'll take years to work their way through the court system. The Canadian political fight over legalization is over. But in 2019, the important court battles begin, to clean up the legal mess @ NP

Cannabiz Prospectus: Canada's cannabiz sector is expected to grow from $1.6 billion in 2018 to 6.1 billion in 2025. Legalization has created a lot of exciting business opportunities, plus many difficult challenges. Prepare for the year ahead @ BK

The 3 L's Prospectus: Legalization? Legitimization? Listings? Legalization is taking hold in Canada and increasingly across the USA. The stock market's dazed and confused movers and shakers bewilderingly jockey for position. There's lotsa bummers, burns and rip offs @ FP

Big Joke! Not Much Legal Smoke!: Canada's underground cannabis economy is red hot. In sharp contrast, the new legalization model lacks any sizzle. It's ham fisted. Over regulated. With a reefer madness policing focus to match it's corporate government mindset. Our initial joy and optimism is going up in smoke. Put bluntly, legalization is sadly out of touch with our everyday reality within the cannabis community. They can't supply the weed. Nor compete with quality, cost and accessibility against the unregulated market. Plus it's just soooooo terribly unkool! For shame! @ WP

Women 2 Watch in 2019: Meet 21 exemplary female cannabis activists and entrepreneurs out to challenge the status quo. They're creating new women focused alliances. Upending traditional business models. Our new cannabis sector is rapidly evolving. Watch as equity, equality and inclusion progressively move to the forefront of the agenda in 2019. More @ MJB

OH CANNABIS



NORML.CA: Abi Roach Steps Up!

The New Normal: Big changes as NORML Canada welcomes our first full year of legalization with a newly "re envisioned mandate". Hotbox Toronto cannabis activist/ entrepreneur Ms. Abi Roach steps up as new Executive Director. Deepak Annand becomes VP. Cannabis lawyer Jack Lloyd is President, while John Conroy retains a General Council role. The new mandate includes a focus on political engagement at all three levels of government; federal, provincial and municipal. The goal? To promote "functional laws" and an "inclusive" approach to the cannabiz industry. And to "advocate for licensed consumption spaces and retail stores". Congratulations Abi! @ NORML More @ NORML.CA

Medibles, Extracts, Topicals: Health Canada begins a new so called "consultation" process, to "strictly regulate" these when they are legalized in Canada this fall. It's the next step in our anal legalization process, aka "Prohibition 2.0". Will they listen? The survey's on line until Feb. 20th @ Canada.ca 

Please Sir! We Want More! Sigh! Here's a good summary of what Health Canada is actually thinking, so to speak. PS: Abi! Deepak! John! Please go kick their ass for usMonD

GPP [Good Production Practices]: Wait! There's more! Don't overlook the new safety requirements for our all ready hamstrung growers and processors. Hmmm. We definitely want to keep things healthy and safe, but ... but ... but ... is this the best way? @  CanCom



High Price$: Duh, go figure! Frustrated consumers are still flocking to Canada's much cheaper, unregulated marketplace for our weed. Blame cost, supply and accessibility. Had the government just started by licensing our existing growers, producers and dispensaries, this all could've been avoided, but nooooooooo @ Yahoo

Ho$tile Takeover: They got the know how. And the goods. But Canada's grass root entrepreneurs are being locked out of the government's tightly regulated monopoly on weed. Prohibition was wrong in the first place. So why should they suffer now? Canadian's continue to shop underground. The "legal alternative" is just way too over regulated, inefficient and insulting. Doesn't meet our taste or needs @ TSun

Ontario Licensing Act: Here's the complete text of Regulation 497/18. Supposedly, it's Premier Doug Ford's new, improved plan, to create a thriving legal, free market, cannabis industry, here in Canada's largest, richest province. Hmmm. Dougie sold drugs in high school eh?!? So what's with this?!? I know. I know. We were sooooo smug about Trump south of our border. And now we've elected this putz. Hey Yankee readers -Stop laughing! Grrr. Grrr. Ummmmm. The devil's in the details, or lack thereof @ Ontario.ca



Buds o' Wrath: Under Ford's "plan", Ontario dispensaries voluntarily agreed to close shop so that they could apply for a license to legally re-open on April 1st. But they got punked! Real bad! Get this -only 25 lucky winners from the 17,320 whom applied will now get a license for the 1st. The rest? Who knows? Alas! The lucky winners were chosen in a very unexpected and confusing lottery. Douglas opened it wide up so that most anybody and their mother could apply. The cost? Just $25 bucks. Most have absolutely no experience. Or know how. Never operated a dispensary. Are just plain, dumb lucky. As for our experienced dispensary owners? They're locked out of the game. Royally screwed! Sidelined as Ford and his cronies laugh so hard they'll piss their pants! Who knows what comes next, but it can't be good @ BoC @ CC

Next Steps: Congrats, you won! So what do you need to do now, to comply with the new licensing "rules", by April 1st? Get a $25,000 line of credit! Pay a $6000 non refundable fee! Is your financial info readily available? Your business structure in place? Got a building permit? The signs? Shelving? Displays? A knowledgeable staff? Also, beware; the clock is ticking! Remember, there's big financial penalties if everything isn't correctly set up and running on time! More BS @ CanCom @ LFP

Cashing In 2 Win Big: Abi Roach explains. Ford's "ridiculous" lottery system was just a "golden ticket to get rich quick" scheme. Naturally, the 25 lottery winners are now desperately reaching out for help from Big Bud. The lawyers, investors, retailers, and even the LP's are stepping up. Offering the distraught winners $5-7 million with a 1.5% share in revenue, to partner up and cash in. How nice n' helpful, eh? Lotsa happy people! But lots more whom are not! @ CBC @ BloomB @ FP

Big Bud's LP Agenda: What? The LP's too?!? Yup! Hey "lucky" lotto winners! Ford's crafted some sneaky, legal loopholes. So that they can try to franchise and license you their legal boo! Nice. Nice. Very nice @  Now

Ford's Big Fix: Think about it! Con man Ford's lottery "process" was actually staged for the fun and profit of the PC's anonymous, big buck players. Not our poor, befuckled, small biz, dispensary owner's. Or you the consumer. Or med pot patient. No way! @ CLM

Recipe 2 Fail: Budding Toronto cannabis lawyer Caryma Sa'd asks; why uproot Ontario's all ready fully functional dispensaries? Replace them with a sure fire recipe for failure?!? Was Ford's lottery all a diabolical plot? Just to make sure legalization fails? Hmmm. Ontario's prickly, backroom, social conservatives would be very pleased! Then there's his evil archenemy; PM Justin Trudeau, who's facing a federal election this year! Hey Dougie's no rocket scientist, that's for sure. But he's sure got lots of dirty, sneaky tricks up his sleeve @ Now



CCMe2: In a shocking, very disturbing turn of events, leading Canadian, Cannabis Culture, legalization advocate Marc Emery stands accused of sexual harassment. The allegations roughly date from 2003-17 at his chain of CC [Cannabis Culture] outlets, mainly in Vancouver BC. The "Me Too" victim accounts quickly go viral becoming international news. Deidre Olsen explains and provides the links Leafly Mr. Emery defends himself on Facebook from a CC road trip through South America FB  FB More allegations @ Vice Marc responds @ FB

Marc Emery isn't currently facing criminal charges related to the allegations. However, it's quite unlikely they'll go away. What happens next? @ City

Editing Notes: Lots of good people from within our cannabis community are now openly speaking out against Marc Emery. They're very hurt and upset. Oh Cannabis always seeks to advocate in the best interests of our legalization movement. Report the big, news stories affecting our struggle. That presents some very difficult decisions about what to focus on here.

From my own experience, I've had nothing but good things to say about the Emery's. Knew nothing about harassment. Can't add any insights. Not from my own small window into the Cannabis Culture world. 

Oh Cannabis' coverage mostly focused on the CC Project Gator bust and court proceedings in Toronto during 2017. Within that limited context, I enjoyed Marc's sharp intellect and witty repartee. Very much appreciate the Emery's many, very important contributions to our legalization fight, as reported here. 

But no, I can't knowledgeably refute nor confirm the veracity of the many different claims now swirling all about. But I do think that it is a teachable moment.

Out of deep concern and with a heavy heart, I'm including these news links from within our cannabis community, just like I would any other important story. Without doubt, sexual harassment is very disturbing. Can't be allowed. Needs to stop. Please also see the proactive links I've posted in "Green Marketing" below. Hopefully we can somehow learn to work to better prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, on a go forward basis, as a positive outcome from of all this!

Cannabis Culture Kaput? CC's Jodie Emery and CEO Jeremiah Vandermeer are struggling to save the dispensary chains last 3 outlets in Vancouver BC. After January 31st, only Cannabis Culture Magazine, Pot-TV and a bong shop/ lounge will remain; the last of CC's once loud and proud activist/ entrepreneurial legacy. Marc and Jodie Emery separated about a year or so ago. Continue to work together as business partners, with Jodie at the helm, since about 2009. Sadly, 50 employees will be laid off, as the city closes their remaining dispensaries. Due to a recent BC supreme court ruling, police have been ordered to close all 53 of BC's un licensed cannabis shops. CC is requesting an emergency license to sell medical cannabis products, not otherwise available in the province's 3 remaining, regulated stores @ CC @ GStraight



Union Busting: OPSEU President Smokey Thomas accuses the Ford PC's of ordering police to stop workers from unionizing at the province's OCS warehouse. The new top secret and privatized cannabis distribution centre is located in Oakville, Ontario. This smacks of backroom shenanigans. Is Dougie setting it up and running it as a private, non union, government shop, outside the public eye? Little surprise @ OPSEU @ NK

Med Pot Tax: Canada's medical cannabis community continues to organize against the unfair, government, sin tax targeting our favoured, prescription herb @ GStraight

Condo Law: Unfortunately, many ill advised, Ontario condo boards gambled on passing in suite pot bans, as legalization approached. Medical cannabis exemptions? Forget it. Nor can recreational users now safely and privately enjoy a legal toke at home. Expect lots of expensive, charter right challenges to come! Don't be too surprised if the high court costs drives up your maintenance fees. Someones got to pay for your board's tom foolery. Welcome to 2019! @ BK

Driving Laws: Police are ticketing about 21 Ontario drivers a day for cannabis offences, under our new zero tolerance laws. Expect lots of legal challenges ahead. Many medical cannabis patients will erroneously test over the litigious limits. The flurry of charges? A clear violation of our charter rights @ HT @ Global

$54 Million: That's how much Canadians spent on government weed during the first month of legal sales. Note that in Ontario, Canada's largest market, we could only buy legal weed from the troubled plagued OCS [Ontario Cannabis Store]. Then there's the supposed "weed shortage". The unregulated market is, of course, a whole other story. More @ Nasdaq

Not So Belle Province: The CAQ [Coalition Avenir Quebec] is raising the legal age in the province to 21 for buying cannabis. Get this -they've banned smoking weed in public now too! Expect lots of court challenges @ CBC 

IN THE NEWS


US Bipartisan Weed Patch: The new, new US Congress is perhaps the most pro-cannabis yet. Despite the deadlocks and shut downs, when it comes to legalization, expect the flurry of bipartisan cannabis bills to continue unabated! God knows if any will pass, but a big push is on to reduce federal intervention and assist vets @MM. There's a specific focus on protecting state medical pot laws from federal intervention @ MM And on removing cannabis from the controlled substance list. Could be big game changers for the US cannabiz sector. Create jobs. Stimulate the economy. Generate tax revenue. Hopefully the GOP stays the course! And the Donald isn't a total ass hole again [and again and again ...]. Doesn't nix any deal at the last minute. Maybe not now that reefer madman AG Jeff Session is gone? Inhale. Hold ... @ MM

US Governors + Weed: And the winners are ...... Here's the best and the worst pro pot governors from both parties. Hooray @ Forbes



Ganja News: Jamaica is struggling real hard to develop it's legalized medical cannabis industry. Enjoy the medical and economic benefits. But Schedule 1 and 4 of the UN Conventions continue to stand in the way. Add the related banking issues that creates. According to international law, Jamaica is still designated a pariah, or more specifically an "illegal drug trafficking state". So much for all it's good efforts @ JGlea

Jah Brand: Meanwhile, Rastafarian cultivators want to protect the international GI [Geographical Indicator] copyrights, for their irie brand of Jamaican ganja. So that everybody knows where it's from. Can't just pass off any ol' herb as being the same. Ya mon! Rasta ganja is very much the product of their unique cultivation methods. Plus the island's tropical climate and growing conditions. Makes sensi -real sense! But will they succeed?!? @ JGlea

GREEN MARKETING



Health Canada ends 2018 by adding 6 new LP's [licensed producers] to it's government approved list. 56 LP's were licensed in 2018, 47 in 2017. But the stamp of approval remains a mixed blessing for many growers. It comes with just so many hard ass rules and regulations, that it's very tough to compete and make a profit, in the marketplace today. Then again, there's those huge, new, legal LP grow ops sprouting up across the country. Long term? Hold on tight, Wait a few years. You're looking good! Especially for export sales! But until then ....?! More @ NCV

OCS Hack: Oh oh! The Ontario Cannabis Store was hacked! We can only buy legal weed from the on line OCS here in our province, so you can't use cash. Weed's illegal most everywhere outside Canada. Now, your personal info has been stolen. Is maybe being shared around the world. Travel much? For business? Pleasure? Not kool @ FP

Inside Dope: Winnipeg LP Bonify is busted for slipping a lil' dubious, non-company weed into their shipments. Also, for selling E-Coli infected boo. So much for the much touted virtues of safe, regulated LP cannabis, eh? Can't be helping biz @ WSun

Corporate Culture: Now hiring! Canada's legal Cannabis industry! But they're mostly targeting traditional corporate suits, from the alcohol, tobacco and consumer packaging sector, to steer their future growth. Hmmm. Y'know what else we used to call a stiff suit? When we were being nice? "Squares". Even "establos". I liked that one myself. Until now, Canada's cannabiz sector has been very diversified, underground, and counter cultural. Fortunately, there's our heritage Women's Grow/ Green Market Toronto advocates like creative, cannabis activist and entrepreneur Lisa Campbell, now the CEO of Toronto based Lifford Cannabis Solutions. She's among the new breed of progressives whom are also up there in the corporate boardroom, keeping an eye on the things for us. Take it away, Lisa @ MJBiz



Dept of PR: Aurora, 48th North, and Good and Green are among the many LP's trying to creatively market and promote our favourite herb, despite the ridiculous, "hands tied" advertising restrictions of Prohibition 2.0. Hope they hired a few heads, rather than just leave this job to the suits! @ BAC

Cash CropAltria Group Inc and Cronos are wisely eyeing both hemp and cannabis as a profitable alternative to growing tobacco. Or for that matter soybeans. So. Whatcha' like best? Soybeans? Tobacco?? Or weed?!? Nuff said Bloom

Right Wing Watch: Remember Premier Doug Ford's crackpot "pal"and former Toronto Councillor/ Reefer Madman Giorgio Mammoliti? After getting the election boot, he's shown up stateside! At Green Growth Brands! As their new Director of Government Relations! Beware: Our Giorgio has a long track record as a total First Class, Grade A, Number Uno Ass Hole. A very nasty, Con-servative. A total creep! Maybe stateside nobody knows? Or cares?! Booooooooooo to Green Growth! Everyone! Be very careful around this slime ball with your weed @ DH @ BlogTo

Hostile Takeover Bid Fails: Any coincidence? Canuck LP Altria Inc. rejects Green Growth's "inadequate" and "undervalued" takeover bid. Say it's "not in their interest". Sounds slimy. Where's Giorgio?!? @ BNN

Busted: Dougie's daughter Kyla Ford gets caught selling cannabis oil on Instagram. Meanwhile, daddy's huffing and puffing away on the nightly news about nixing our big, bad "black market". Surprised? The Ford crew's ballsy, but none too swift @ Huff

Hempy New Year: Hemp products are projected to become a huge new consumer market. Producers are focusing big time on it's use in food, fibre, building materials, health supplements, plastics, cosmetics and pet treats/ toys. All this and more @ WW

Shoppers Drug Mart is selling medical pot online, in Ontario only, for now. Dunno if you can use your points card. Plus unlike their other prescription drugs, it's also taxed. Naaa -stick with Weedmaps! @ CBC

HIGHER LEARNING



Respectful Workplace: A pro-active, human resource strategy can help constructively fight bias, bulling, discrimination and sexual harassment in the cannabis workplace. As more women and minorities step up in the business world, a safe, healthy and inclusive work environment is absolutely necessary, for your company to succeed. 

Unsolicited touching? Inappropriate talk? Sexual harassment is nothing new, even within the cannabis industry. For years, nobody usually said much. Maybe wrote it off as just stupid guy stuff. Privileged information. Or a joke. 

Nowadays, we must do a lot better than this, to create a level playing field at work. So that we can all work together to do a good job. Pay the bills. Realize our potential.

Think "respectful workplace" and "consent". A safe and healthy environment works. It's good for staff development. Team building. Commitment. Productivity. Morale. Now and for the future. 

Let's not settle for anything less. Without doubt, there's lots of bad behaviour in the working world. In the cannabis sector too. The horror stories are everywhere @ FL @ NFD 

Here are some psychological reasons for why men harass women at work PT @ CNBC A lot of the focus today, is on the relationship between sexuality and power in the workplace @ HRL and @ KGR

So what to do when we see or experience a problem at work? As staff? Management? And as the boss? For starters, here are some very good, practical tips @ Gratton @ Evio 

Think and behave proactively! Now! Rather than have a very hurtful and counterproductive, legal mess wreck total havoc at your place of work! @ @ HRL CBL @ CBE



Medical Verses Recreational Pot: So what's the difference under Canada's new legalization laws? How are they different? Alike? Think THC/CBD levels, additives, contaminants, and accessibility too. Then there's the controversy over taxing prescription weed @ Leafly

Big Pharma Scam: The big pharmaceutical companies have been very busy suppressing and banning cannabis since the 1930's. That despite it's use for thousands of years as a safe, natural remedy for countless medical needs. Why the BS? To develop and then profit from often, much, more dangerous, chemical drugs instead. If you get real sick and there's a good pill -take it. If not? Perhaps just to maintain? Check out the medical benefits of weed @ NN

CBD's in Kiddie Land: Nope! Medical CBD's don't get you high. Plus, they're a very promising alternative to a lot of other, much more, controversial pharma drugs. But are they safe for children too? More @ Mel

Make your own RSO [Rick Simpson Oil]: It lasts longer. Is a great medical treatment for cancer or whatever ails. And just to get high. Here's the inside dope on Rick's very special home made oil @ Leafly

Know Your Strains: No! All weed isn't created equal. Some strains are good for this, others for that. Pain? Relaxation? Focus? A good high? Here's another link to a helpful guide. Includes growing info too @ MG

Autism Elixir: More on how cannabis could prove useful in treating autism @ AIW

On Judging Cannabis: Very important! Do you know how to check your buds and ash for curing and flush. Lisa Campbell and Dana Larsen help explain how to spot the good, top quality weed @ 420In

HIGH TIMES



Puff, Puff Pass: Time to brush up on our pot etiquette; Bongs? Lighters? Toking? Sharing? A little politeness and consideration go a long, comfortable way. This primer's good for old timers and newbies alike @ TS

On The ... Ahem ... Mature Toker: Hey baby boomers! Guess what? We're seniors now! Aches? Pains? Stress? Or for just a lil' pick-me-up? To really chill? Without the hangovers! Blackouts! Well, fuck booze. Or pills. Smoke weed instead! @ Gu

CBS: No Medical Pot Super Bowl Ads: But booze, pharma ads and boner pills are okay?!? Sigh! Alas! Watch it here @ BW

Bluntly Speaking: How much weed does Snoop Dog actually smoke? 81 blunts a day  times 7 daze a week, eh?!? Whoa! Check it out @ CTR




COMMENTS

Saturday, 12 January 2019

A Stoners Guide 2 Oh Cannabis News y Views!


Hi! Hi! High! 

Here's yer stoner news from Toronto Ontario Canada, the US and around the world. Updates are added in large type. Much more is available! You can also follow me on Twitter. Or just wait for these compendiums. 

Oh Cannabis is an inclusive, medical and recreational pro-weed site, with a progressive, counter cultural perspective. Hopefully, it's enlightening. Plus 

lotsa trez kool, stoner fun!

So inhale! Hold! Exhale! Smile! 

THEN READ OH CANNABIS NEWS + VIEWS:

From 2019 @ Winter

So To 2018 Fall  @ Summer @ Spring  @ Winter 2 @ Winter 1 

A La 2017: @ Fall 2 Fall1 Summer @ Spring 2 @ Spring 1 @ Winter @ Jan-Feb 

Starting in 2016  December 




Oh Cannabis -we stand on guard 4 thee ...

HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL FIND: 

HEADLINES: An overview. A guide ....

OH CANNABIS: News from Toronto, Ontario and across Canada ....

IN THE NEWS: Ditto, from the US and around the world ....

GREEN MARKETING: The latest on the Cannabiz sector ....

HIGHER LEARNING: Know your stuff ....

HIGH TIMES: Some weed culture intrigues .....



PLUS REMEMBER:

Follow my tweets for more @ davidchiarelli 

Pax!

DAVID C


COMMENTS:

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Teacher Free Speech Winter 2019 News y Views!

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US Donald Trump Continues to Wow's 'Em On The World Stage!

EDUCATION BEAT

Sex Ed Rights: In Canada nobody should be above the law, including the Ontario Ford government. Nor anybody below the law. That includes our province's LGBTQ children and their parents. Now, the CCLA [Canadian Civil Liberties Association], and the ETFO public elementary teachers are taking the MOE [Ministry of Education] to court, claiming that the province is violating LGBTQ rights and freedoms, and thereby putting the province's teachers in an untenable professional and legal position. Sadly, Premier Ford is under intense political pressure from the parties sanctimonious, social conservative wing, to scrap the elementary level LGBTQ components of our province's 2015 sex ed curriculum, But will his actions hold up to a legal court challenge? ETFO's case @ ETFO The MOE's @ MOE  More CBC @ Rabble

Special Ed Integration: Everybody in Ontario has the right to a public education. This inclusitivity also extends to our province's challenged Special Education students, behavioural and otherwise. They too have the right to be integrated within the regular classroom setting at school. However, often the proper funding and supports needed to make this work are desperately lacking, contributing to the spiralling violence in our schools. More @ Globe

Defending Working and Learning Conditions: Watch for the Ford government to manufacture a crisis to attack the province's teacher union's for his hater buddies as contracts expire this year. "Unnecessary" sick day leave is often front and centre of any such attack, conservative or liberal. ETFO explains why teacher sick days are necessary. Also why their use is on the rise @ ETFO More on the school violence issue @ InSauga

OH CANADA

Fake News Redux: 2019 is a federal election year in Canada. Expect the troll farms and twitter bots to be very busy indeed. There's lotsa election meddling ahead @ Walrus @ CBC 

Whither Too The OLP/ ONDP: Sadly, CPC Ford's regressive neo soc con attack on our progressive Ontario values has few political checks and balances. The leaderless provincial Liberals have been reduced to a stump party, while the opposition NDP continue to crash in the polls. Can they get their act together to mount a credible challenge to the non stop onslaught? Before the next provincial election at least?!? @ NP

No Police State: Disturbing questions over Ontario Premier Doug Ford's role in hiring buddy Ron Taverner as the province's top OPP cop is raising eyebrows across the province. Also raising concern is the Premier's request that the OPP secretly provide him with an "large camper type vehicle". We Torontonian's know our Dougie! These incidents alone are very scary abuses of power and privilege. Lots more will follow, if they are left unchecked. For now, Taverner's appointment is on hold. The premier's confusing denials just don't add up. What next? More @ Star @ Globe

Ontario Police Street Carding/ Checks: Have your say! Read the Ontario Ministry of Community Services review and attend the cross province public consultations @ SCR

Multicultural Attack: Watch out for CPC Party Leader Andrew Scheer. Like his right wing counterpart, so called "People's Party of Canada" extremist Max Bernier, Andy's  got something special planned for this year's Canadian Federal Election! So too their buddies at the Toronto Sun and Rebel Media. Like in the US, they are all very busy spreading outright lies, and misinformation. The goal? To inflame some of the white vote's hidden, latent, racial animosity by demonizing Canada's minority groups, then score an election win @ Cable

Canadian Immigration -5 Right Wing Myths: Let's not let the Trump North forces mislead us with a stateside hate on for immigrants come the fall federal election. Know the facts from the lies @ Cable

Right Wing Watch: In France the "Yellow Vests" are taking to the streets! Why? To end austerity measures and tax breaks for the rich. In Canada? Because they hate immigrants and want to lock Trudeau up for not fully supporting the fossil fuel industry. Ho boy! Be aware. Very aware @ Facebook @ GStraight

Charles McVetty Verses The CBSC [Canadian Broadcast Standards Council]: So Con Evangelical "leader" McVetty has got Doug Ford's ear with his nefarious LGBTQ hate mongering and anti sex ed spiels! However the CBSC warn that his proselytising definitely violate their Broadcasting Code of Ethics. P.U. -That's some company our Dougie keeps! Better hide the kiddie from them! Quick! More @ Rabble

IN THE NEWS




Look! Up In The Sky! It's Berd! It's A Plane! It's ...

Manufacturing A Crisis: US President Donald Trump stages a faux pas JFK style Presidential Address to drum up support for his partial government shutdown and much ballyhoo'ed Mexico wall. Forget that domestic terrorism is resulting in non-stop mass shootings across the US! Once again the facts don't matter, as he engages in a whack of immigrant scare mongering. Indeed, the Trumpster chooses to ignore the real stats showing illegal immigrants are actually much less likely than the average American to be involved in violent crimes. So what happens when a real crisis happens? When he desperately needs to be trusted and believed? At home? Abroad? What a fucking stupid mess! Transcript and video @ ABC More @ NYT @ WP @ PRIFox 

The Chuck and Nancy Show: Hot on their mid term win in the US House of Reps, the Democrats lash out at Trump's "Presidential Address" reminding Americans he claimed, during the election, that Mexico would actually pay for the wall. Also that the symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty and not a ridiculous Trumpian border wall. More of their focus is on the 800,000 plus public employees whom are out of work or not get paid as a result of the Trump shutdown. However, their grim-and-mad-but-not-altogether-disappointed mom and dad style rebuttal also quite arguably fails to inspire much hope or inspiration. The American public remains gravely divided on all things Trump. Video and transcript Time @ Vice @ NYT

GOP Autopsy: The 2018 mid terms have resulted in a divided US congress. Still, the Republicans are far from down for the count. No matter that history let alone democracy doesn't seem to be on their side @ Int 

Syria: International confusion continues to swirl around Trump's plan to withdraw-but-not-withdraw US military forces from Syria because-or-rather-perhaps-when ISIS is defeated. On and on the BS goes ... Meanwhile the mortified allies such as, well, let's start with the Kurds, have been left high and dry. Will Trump cut and run on the US War Against Terrorism in Syria or not? And what happen's next? @ Independent @ WP

Afghanistan: Ditto again! Trump's also claimed that he's about to cut US forces in the War against Terrorism here too. However, the Taliban are balking at a ceasefire and joining peace talk as the US bimbo in chief continues to play at being president on the world stage. Hmmmm. Didn't the US once claim it wouldn't negotiate with "terrorists" @ ET @ Reuters @ Fox

Is Trump Making America Great Again? Better hope he knows more than his generals and the US military establishment. Secretary of State Mattis has resigned rather than betray America's allies. Read his resignation letter @ CNN So too the US special envoy for Syria! Letter @ Politico More @ FP 

World Reaction: Alas! Also let's not forget! Post 9/11, the US recklessly led it's allies, often rather grudgingly and under pressure, into an open ended War on Terrorism around the world. It was a very bad mistake from the get go. Now, 18 years later, der Trumpster wants to cut and run? Leaving everybody else holding the bag?!? Fortunately Canada was wise enough not to commit to Syria. However, did we senselessly sacrificed our young men in Afghanistan for this?!? There isn't a good way, or good time to end the military madness. But to do so without any proper allied consultation, warning or concern? Who'll trust the US the next time there is a world crisis? And who's watching and waiting in the wings? Ready to take advantage of the division and chaos? Welcome to 2019! More international analysis and reactions @ NPR @ BBC @ OC @ CBC 

17 Investigations and Counting: One bombshell after another continue to explode in Washington. Most every aspect of the Trump administration and his family financial dealings come under investigation. Moreover, mounting evidence suggests that we don't know the worst. It's still coming! Hang on tight! We haven't seen everything yet @ Wired Also check out Robert Mueller's 2019 "to-do" list @ Wired

Final Word: Newly elected Democratic Congress woman Rashida Tlaib accuses the Donald of ... er ... having sex with his mother. Well, who knows, he's done it with everybody else!!! Just kidding! Still, it looks like there's finally a new, next generation of US politicos. One whom isn't about to take nay BS or cut Trump any slack, in no uncertain terms @ TMZ

"New Cold War Blues"  or "One Nuke Can Ruin Your Whole Day": Get this -Der Trumpster has dumb foundedly decided to rip up a Reagan era nuclear treaty! Yup! It's one of many which effectively ended the Cold War between Russia, during the late 80's/ early 1990's @ [NYT] [Hill] [Conv] More specifically, it placed limits on INF's [Intermediate Nuclear Forces]. Theses nuclear tipped missiles are primarily for use in Europe, to deter a Rooskie invasion. Not that that could happen anymore, eh? In all fairness, successive presidents put off updating America's nuclear treaties with Russia, let alone include China, for decades. Now, we've got a complete nincompoop dangling the nuclear sword of Damocles over our heads, to get the job done. Not much comfort! Or collective security! How we got here @ FP

Nuclear Deterrence: The threat of nuclear war is all or nothing. If it works, it deters war! But if it fails? Kaboom! We all die! Plus miscalculation on either side is always a huuuuge risk. So. Think the Donald can play nuclear poker smartly with Vlady and the Kremlin boys? Has a firm grasp on the "escalate to de-escalate" strategy behind the new generation of battlefield INF's? Some insight into Russia's Nuclear doctrine @ CSIS

KULTURE KULT INK



Kold War Kulture: The Cold War between the US and Russia ended not with a bang, but a whimper. That's because pop culture went to war too, helping finish it off. Ironically, blue jeans and the Beatles were sometimes more of a threat to the Russians than the nuclear bomb. Here's how pop bizarrely celebrated, and helped win the Cold War, in the US, Russia and around the world @ Shmo @ Tele

Atomic Cafe: This pop culture artifact perfectly captures the utter madness of the cold war era. It uses a fantastic collage of authentic pop music and film clips from back in the day. Here we go again? @ Youtube!

Duck and Cover: Yup. Today it's gunmen and lockdowns. Back then, they use to show kids this flick at school, in case of atomic attack. To be safe, we were supposed to hide under our desks ... The Cold War -Believe it or not! @ Youtube!



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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Oh Cannabis: Welcome To 2019!


Welcome to 2019! It's hard to imagine. Sounds like a science fiction movie, eh? But for me each year has been the same, since ... oh, let's say 1984! 

Sadly, the news headlines nowadays daily reveal that our truly dystopian future is also a very real horror show. Very Orwellian. A totally perverse brave new world too. Hardly what I expected, as a baby boomer, back in the day. 

Still, this is the indisputable reality. The one by which we live and die, every day of our lives, in real time, while the hands of the clock tick tock off the seconds, minutes and hours of our daze.

My blog site's been up and running for over 7 years now. The counter top right of your screen shows that I hit the one million reader mark long ago. That was my original goal. A personal gold record of sorts. Some folks tally up points with online video games. This is how I amuse myself instead. 

Then one day I checked out Google Analytics. Wondering, when is a million hits, a million hits? What's a reader? Who's a bot? How many of you take but a quick look then leave. Or read my blogs all the way through?

I continued an extra half million hits for good measure. Then more and more. Still wondering if I've reached one million real readers yet? I might never know. It's near impossible to figure out!

Then again it doesn't really matter much really. I write. That's just what I do. 



My blogsite began in 2011 as a teacher free speech site. Focusing on current events, social justice, civil liberties, educational issues and my political activism, as a Toronto high school teacher and union rep. After I retired in 2013, it slowly morphed into a cannabis activism site along much similar lines, using my same skills set. But now I work for nobody but myself. I'm completely independent. The focus remains on a progressive mindset. On seeking a better way forward through developing some real alternative mindsets to the craziness, the mediocrity and the mundane in the world at large, as I see fit.

You'll also find travel blogs posted here because I love to travel a lot. Expand my horizons in many different ways. There's lots on music and entertainment because I was a radio programmer and DJ in another of my life lines too! Then there's the focus on media literacy and counter culture [with a capital "K"] issues. All of these are, as always, still a big part of my framework of reference here on the site.



These links are listed in my Teacher Free Speech Archive right on the top left of your screen; the good, the bad and the ugly. Including the story of the sell out of the Ontario teacher protest movement vis a vis the OECTA MOU of 2012. The successful Canadian civil disobedience struggle resulting with legalization in 2018. The ongoing going fight against Prohibition 2.0. And so it goes and on and on and on....

Over time, I've narrowed down my blog writing into two main features; Teacher Free Speech News and Views and Oh Cannabis. I also post single or two and three part features on different topics and initiatives that help forward my site's progressive agenda. But being retired now, I like to relax. I write less. Much more selectively. Only picking and choosing whatever interests and excites me. Really turns my crank. 

So what are my site plans for the year ahead? Well, I plan to stay the course, though not so rigorously. Let's just say, I've got my gold record. 1,560,261 hits is pretty good for a blog site. No matter what that really adds up to in the cyber sense, or lack thereof. 

This blog site helps me organize my life and times in a meaningful sense. Provides a creative and intellectual outlet. Employs the skills set I've tried to develop over the years. Keeps me active. Moving forward. It's also how I see our life and times. 

Whatever. Like I said, I write. That is what I do. Pretty much always have. Always will. 

Perhaps in some small way, for you the reader, it'll also prove helpful. Insightful. Encouraging others not to give up the good fight for a better world too. Hopefully, above and beyond the awful mess and mass confusion that we see swirling all around us. 

If not? Perhaps its the last of my youthful optimism. I don't want to ever give up hoping and fighting for a better world, like we did back in the day.

Love it or hate it! Take it or leave! But I hope you stick along for the ride .....

Indeed, 2019 promises to be very interesting year! But I ramble. Some blogging notes:




The Straight Goods: Teacher Free Speech News y Views!

Teacher Free Speech News y ViewsUnder the influence! Above the ignorance! I plan to continue these current event blogs as quarterly, ongoing posts, adding onto and developing them as need be. This year, the Trump shit storm south of our border is about to finally hit the fan! Big time! 

New year's finds the Dems about to take control of the House. Hold him accountable. Feet to the fire. Most every aspect of the Trump administration, even the Donald himself, will be under close scrutiny and investigation. Expect plenty of big surprises! Plus lotsa nasty, MAGA splatter! 

In Canadian politics, PM Trudeau's Neo Libs face the divided CPC Neo Cons during the fall federal election. Lots of important questions need to be asked. Many timely, critical issues raised. But don't hold your breath! Especially with Jagmet Sing's NDP all but MIA!

In Ontario, Premier Ford's majority government is headed to disastrously go off the rails. His honeymoon is over. But the political good fight to follow will make the Harris Year's look like a piece of cake. The OLP has been decimated. The NDP "opposition" just haplessly spinning it's wheels. Watch for Ford to soon ruthlessly target the province's teachers. Their contracts expire this year. It's pure red meat for the party faithful. Are the teacher unions up to the fight? This could be very painful. Devastating. The infighting too. OECTA Provincial in particular had better watch out, as they reap what they have sown. Remember -there's no more Liberal butt to kiss ....




Cannabis Activism: Oh Cannabis News y Views!

Oh Cannabis: In Canada, legalization aka Prohibition 2.0 is turning into one, huge, legal mess. It'll take years to make it's way through the courts. Get sorted out. Pardons? Impaired driving charges? Apartment and condo pot bans? Edibles? Recreational sales? Med pot rights? Expect many, seemingly endless, critical and mind boggling legal challenges to be launched, in the year ahead ...

Oh Cannabis will continue to champion medical and recreational cannabis rights as a civil liberty issue. Also to fight the corporate weed agenda. And seek constructive, counterculture alternatives for we small time, everyday folk, whom somehow always seem to get lost in the mix ....

Remember: Guest blogs are always welcome! Don't be shy if you too have something important to say!




Lots More @davidchiarelli

Also, my Twitter news service will continue to provide plenty of links on all of this and more, including any other issues that will invariably arise. Along with lots and lots of good stoner tunes, videos and movies too!

Stay tuned!

Pax/
Solidarity!

David C.

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Communist Girls ARE More Fun!

Communist Girls ARE More Fun!
See below ...

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Communist Girls Are More Fun #4

Art at the Paris Louvre: What does it mean?!?

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

Help! I Have No Arms!

Help! I Have No Arms!
Please scratch my back.

I can't find my underwear!.

I can't find my underwear!.
Have you seen them!

Weee! I can fly!

Weee! I can fly!
Look! I can crawl thru walls!

I have a headache!

I have a headache!
And a broken nose.

I have a square hole in my bum!

I have a square hole in my bum!

Here try this, it's very good!

Here try this, it's very good!
No. You have a bird face.

I have an ugly baby!

I have an ugly baby!
No I'm not!

Let's save all our money + buy pants!

Let's save all our money + buy pants!
OK but I need a new hand too!

Oh no! I got something in my eye!

Oh no! I got something in my eye!

You don't look well.

You don't look well.
No. My head hurts +I have a sore chest.

Would you like a bun?

Would you like a bun?

Chichen-Itza: Lost Maya City of Ruins!

Chichen-Itza: Lost Maya City of Ruins!
The Temple of Kukulkan!

Gotta love it!

Gotta love it!
Truly amazing!

Under Reconstruction!

Under Reconstruction!

Temples + Snakes!

Temples + Snakes!

The Snake!

The Snake!
It runs the length of the ball field!