… and then there are Conservative Party of Canada lies and misrepresentations! And the latter category can contain some whoppers!!! This is what has me pissed off: Please find below a statement from the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Yesterday we learned that Justin Trudeau’s Chief Financial Officer and senior […]
Well I see Stephen Harper has returned from his disastrous attempt to try to force Obama to approve the Keystone pipeline. And that after shooting himself in both legs by insulting the American President, the long ride back from New York City was more like Napoleon's retreat from Moscow than Lincoln's march to victory.Read more »
Latest Nanos Numbers: #LPC 36, #CPC 30, #NDP 25 #PnPCBC with @evansolomoncbc #CDNpoli— Will (@natnewswatch) September 4, 2013
Don’t even think it. The economy has been, and will likely remain, anemic. Usually governments pay for that, even conservative ones who like to style themselves good stewards of the economy. Because clearly they must be wrong if the economy remains in the tank.
..and poli-talk turns from the wan mellow of good ganja to the economy, which ended Q2 with an enormous thud:
On a monthly basis, real GDP by industry declined 0.5% in June.
Work it out and that means less than two per cent growth for the year as a whole. Mind you, one bad month does not a downturn make. But it looks like the negative effects of Alberta’s floods will be showing up in GDP reports still to come, and even afterwards there’s nothing to suggest that growth into 2014 and even 2015 will be anything but (Read more…)
Inspired by these headlines: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/08/28/pol-liberal-summer-caucus.html
Prime Minister Stephen Harper stands with Rick Strankman and some of the other law-breaking farmers the PM pardoned in 2011. (Photo grabbed from the Drumheller Mail.) Below: Mr. Strankman, now Wildrose MLA for Drumheller-Stettler, and Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is open in his disdain for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s politically calculated admission he has recently consumed marijuana.
Fair enough under the circumstances, I guess. I’m enough of an old fuddy-duddy myself to feel that a citizen, let alone a Parliamentarian, ought to obey a law even if he or (Read more…)
Justin Trudeau’s admission that he had smoked the occasional joint had the Conservatives at their huffing and puffing best this week. His “actions speak for themselves” offered the Prime Minister while Justice Minister Peter MacKay accused Mr. Trudeau of setting “a poor example for all Canadians, particularly young ones” and went on to declare that “Justin Trudeau is simply not the kind of
Despite the misspelling in the caption, I rather like this cartoon, probably for obvious reasons.
As well, you may enjoy these letters from Star readers who have an even less flattering view of Mr. Harper as it pertains to his northern junket, escaping the heat via prorogation, and his ongoing senate ‘problems.’
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While I have real doubts about Justin Trudeau’s leadership qualities, I have to give him credit for a degree of openness almost non-existent in politicians. While surely well-aware of the political consequences, he has admitted to smoking pot since he became an M.P. He said that he made this admission for the purposes of full transparency.
The response from the Harperites has been both swift and predictable, at a time when even the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (see video below) are advocating handing out tickets for pot possession:
Justice Minister Peter MacKay said that smoking pot as (Read more…)
Swiss prisons have a marijuana problem and Swiss prison guards like it that way.
A recent study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy estimates that 50 to 80 percent of inmates in Swiss prisons use marijuana. Prison staff told researchers they found marijuana to be a relatively safe drug and that cracking down on consumption would have more negative effects than positive ones.Surveys of detainees and guards revealed similar opinions on marijuana use, with both groups describing the effects of marijuana as analgesic, calming and a way to decrease the traumatic prison experience. Negative consequences included sleepiness, social (Read more…)
Maybe he smoked too much Marijuana.
Well I'm glad to see that Justin Trudeau has come out in favour of legalizing marijuana. For the noblest of reasons:“It’s one of the only ways to keep it out of the hands of our kids because the current war on drugs, the current model is not working. We have to use evidence and science to make sure we’re moving forward on that.” And I also see the Cons have come rushing out to denounce him for the lowest of reasons. Read more »
Here is Bill Maher’s take on Pot
At the close of Saturday’s “Real Time,” Bill Maher made the case for legalizing marijuana to be the next big civil rights issue, following in the footsteps of gay marriage.
As Maher explained, proponents of legalization have to demand that it be accepted, much like the LGBT community did with gay marriage. He even suggested that there’s some political capital to be gained in doing so: “If Republicans were smart, they would steal marijuana from the Democrats as a freedom issue. Of course they’re not smart so they won’t.”
Maher (Read more…)
Underground grow-op found under fake horse paddock Fake fire pit, dog house and horse paddock all hid underground operation CBC News Posted: May 7, 2013 2:16 PM PT
Canada’s Provincial and Federal governments can be said to be implicit partners in this ‘enterprise,’ and so many others around BC and the rest of the country, since they refuse to acknowledge that legalizing marijuana would make all this infrastructure an expensive waste of time and money….unfortunately, we as taxpayers get stuck with a massive bill for the bust, the so-called clean -up and the legal fees, the incarceration (rare) of (Read more…)
I didn't have a chance to attend any of the pro-marijuana rallies today.Like this one in Vancouver.Or any of the many others. Canadians gathered in cities across the country Saturday to mark April 20, an unofficial annual holiday celebrating cannabis culture. But if I had been there I definitely would have inhaled eh? Because I believe the Great War on Marijuana is just another word for that unique combination of insanity and hypocrisy, known as reefer madness.Read more »
Interesting question, no doubt prompted by the recent vote for the decriminalizing of marijuana possession in Washington. Given the bloodthirsty nature of my intergalactic conquests, you will be surprised to learn that we do not have any prohibitions against selling, … Continue reading →
Marijuana has been recently decriminalized in a few states in the USA, and based off of data from California the overall rate of youth arrests will drop dramatically. This is good news because now so many young lives won’t be destroyed for participating in using a drug that has negligible health effects (way less than [...] . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Marijuana Decriminalization Lowers Youth Crime Rate
Smugglers sneak B.C. bud ashore in Washington State. Below: Typical pot smugglers’ accoutrements. Actual Canadian marijuana smugglers may not appear exactly as illustrated. If we Albertans want a hint of what it may be like when the oil runs out – or is replaced by cold fusion or something – all we may have to … . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: U.S. pot decriminalization: will B.C.’s economy go up in smoke?
These are the Canadian Progressive’s Canada and U.S. news headlines November 9, 2012. CANADA: The ugly truth about Stephen Harper’s foreign policy – Rabble.ca Disabled vets, ‘struggling’ widows line up to vent frustrations… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada and U.S. news headlines on November 9 2012
In the midst of a largely status-quo election, several groundbreaking ballot initiatives passed last night. Puerto Rico voted to apply for statehood. Same sex marriage was legalized in Maine and Maryland, and was upheld in Washington State, snapping a 32 vote losing streak for equal marriage proponents. And both Washington State and Colorado voted for complete marijuana legalization and regulation. The implications of this in Canada could be far reaching, and I’m not just talking about a spike in “road … → . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Another Argument Against Legalizing Pot Goes Up In Smoke
(On a quick side note, I’m going to start breaking up my posts into the different topics in the title, using red headings, as seen below – ‘Fiscal Cliff and American Political System’ – to make it easier for people to find what they really want… . . . → Read More: Obama wins! Marijuana legalized?!?!
Another very important development emerged from the Party’s 2012 biennial convention this past January, however. Liberal delegates overwhelming approved a policy pushed by young Liberals in British Columbia advocating the legalization and regulation of cannabis. The fact that 77 percent of all delegates backed the resolution proves that the issue is relevant not only to young Canadians.
Now that Liberal leadership candidates are beginning formally to declare their intentions, they should also pledge to campaign on this policy in the next federal election….
Look, I support this policy for the reasons the Paiken lad gives in his
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With the recent passage of crime Bill C-10 into law, we can expect a lot of young and first-time Canadian marijuana users in our high school system to do real time in jail. That’s because of the Conservative government’s’ tough-on-crime agenda and legendary disdain for evidence. And, especially, the long-standing societal myth that marijuana is the “gateway drug” leading to the use of other illicit drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Well, a report in the August 2012 edition of The Journal of School Health debunks the myth.
The real gateway drug is the more socially-acceptable drug: alcohol.
The report follows
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There has been a call from several mayors of municipalities here in British Columbia, Canada to legalize marijuana…the arguments for it are essentially that they are tired of fighting against a mega-tide of grow-ops and drug dealers who are far richer in resources and weapons to push back than the cities can afford to be, and they are right…
Never mind the stupid morality arguments and the dubious health ‘risks’ that don’t even begin to be as ‘risky’ as smoking tobacco or drinking alcohol, or eating too much salt or sugar…
Looking at the economic arguments alone, even the CRAPs*
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Oh no. Bang me with a bong. What a gaffe. I thought 4/20 was every day of the week.
Not an annual protest.
A crowd estimated at more than 10,000 people gathered outside the Vancouver Art Gallery Friday for the annual marijuana smoking event known as “4/20.”
That just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Read more »