They Must Be High

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The Wynne government has announced that they will create yet another monopoly to control the sale and distribution of marijuana in Ontario.

They must be high.

The plan is up in smoke.

Maybe they’re smoking their own stash.

Insert other pot-related expression to exhibit how stupid a plan this is.

We DO NOT need another monopoly for the sale of a legal product in Ontario.

The government’s LCBO is already on its last legs and we’re in the process of privatizing it by allowing grocery licenses and direct distribution to larger food and retail monopolies (mom and pop shops need not apply).

Add to this the simple FACT that marijuana is easy to grow.

It’s not like wine or spirits (or even beer) that require a good knowledge of how to ferment products without killing yourself (which is why the ‘control’ aspect was brought in under Prohibition years a century ago).

It’s called ‘weed’ after all.

As weed is decriminalized (planned for as late as July 1, 2018), people will be able to grow marijuana in their own backyards or basements.

Controlling the sale and distribution of marijuana will be a COMPLETE WASTE of taxpayer dollars.  It’s not a product that can be monopolized because it will be ubiquitous.

Focus on your legal issues, Wynne.

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Follow the Law or the Law will Follow You

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For torturing a teen.

If they can’t follow the law, the law will follow them.

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The Needle and Damage Done

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Pharmaceutical producer and supplier Purdue had a $20 million fine slapped on it today as part of a class-action lawsuit concerning communication of the effects of opioids.

Canada now has a significant opioid problem that is costing EVERY province billions per year in terms of remediation, deaths and crime.

I’ve rambled about this issue before and we now see who the dealer is.

If we want to even remotely begin to solve the issues related to opioids, we need to start by doing two things immediately:

  1. Reject the settlement with Purdue and pursue a substantially greater fine, to the tune of several billion.
  2. Prohibit the medical community from prescribing any Purdue or other opioids until we’ve can turn the tables on this crisis.

People chastise me for being relentlessly opposed to the vaccinazis that force us to pump poisons into our kids arms.

This same culture has created a drug epidemic unlike anything we’ve ever seen before in Canada.

Do you not understand that this cycle MUST stop?

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A Reminder That ‘Science’ Can Be Bad As Well As Good …

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I came across two recent examples of the fallacy of ‘perfect science’ and would like to share them.

First, let’s look at SUGAR.

In the 1950s, prestigious Harvard researchers accepted substantial funding from the sugar industry to point the finger at fat and not sugar when it came to identifying the reason behind obesity in North America.

Here’s a great summary video from College Times:

And the second industry myth:  sun tan lotion.

We’re seeing more and more evidence that the conventional myth is completely and absolutely wrong.

In fact, Swedish scientists have shown that women who avoid sunbathing during the summer are twice as likely to die as those who sunbathe every day.

I’ll repeat that just in case you’re shaking your head:  women who avoid sunbathing during the summer are twice as likely to die as those who sunbathe every day.

That’s basically because they’re not getting Vitamin D, an important nutrient that primarily originates from the sun.

Vitamin D protects the body from diseases like multiple sclerosis, rickets (in the young), tuberculosis, inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjogren’s syndrome.

And not only does sunscreen block Vitamin D, it wreaks havoc on the local environment when you use it.  One researcher found that ‘in areas where there has been much exposure to ED [endocrine disrupting] chemicals, coral and other sea populations have died off and the prevalence of dual-sexed fish has risen‘.

Science should just be science, but unfortunately, a LOT of it is funded by different special interest groups.  Disclosure of funding sources should be mandatory, both with the reports that are created, but also with the reporting that’s done by journalists.

And yes, some times those who purport to act in our best health interests may not be.

Remember this.

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Media’s Right-Wing Bias

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The question shouldn’t be ‘does Canadian media show a right-wing bias‘?

It should be ‘how do we address Canada’s right-wing bias’?

The Walrus article addresses some recent ‘unintentional’ exposure for extreme right-wing groups, but I don’t think it explores the issue of ownership, news ‘feeds’ and the use of technology in an adequate manner.

Let’s look at ownership.  Under this broad category, I’ll suggest that the ‘owners’ of the direction of the CBC are the Board of Directors.  Early on in Stephen Harper’s role as Prime Minister, he set out to control the CBC, not eliminate it.  Make it dependent, not independent, both on public funding so that voice would be permanently moderated by political interference, but also on the source of information.

The Board of Directors almost entirely consists of Harper appointees, most of whom continue to steer Canada’s public information service into potential icebergs.

Under Harper’s guidance, the CBC cut journalist staff while beefing up admin.  It reduced it’s own internal flow of information and expanded its reliance on third-party news and information sources like Canada Newswire, a privately-held organization that supplies opinion and advertorials more than it does actual news.

Anything the broadcaster does as independent research and reporting seems geared towards putting it in the middle of lawsuit territory.  Recent examples include the investigation concerning the proportion of meat in fast-food sandwiches and the relentless badgering of banks.  It’s inevitable that the broadcaster will find itself in legal hot water and the public may be forced to turn its back on it, letting it wither and die.

Finally, more resources were diverted towards what can only be described as terrible entertainment programming. For a time, the network was producing award-winning comedy, political and drama shows, all of which revolved a central theme: genuine Canadian content that we could be proud of.

Today? Less so.

We’re left with a pale shell of what used to be a quality, public-owned and operated news institution.

All of this leads to another important question that should be asked about media in Canada: how can media be more moderate?

I suggest that we can pivot the direction of the CBC and push it into territory where it should have gone long ago.  The CBC should be truly owned by and controlled by the public.  I’ve argued before that I’d prefer to see the CBC operate more like TV Ontario (TVO), with some of its funding coming from the public budget, but a proportion also coming from viewers (note: I understand part of the funding comes from corporate sponsors, something that should be avoided for both institutions).

This ‘subscription’ model would do two things:  position the CBC for a world of cable-free access and streaming and also generate financial independence and political interference from its reporting and research.

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