Justin Trudeau was in campaign mode this week, striding around a school gymnasium, shirtsleeves rolled up and brow suitably furrowed as he addressed voters’ concerns at one of his annual town hall-style meetings. A day earlier and nearly 800km away, another face of the federal government was on display as dozens of police – some heavily armed – stormed a makeshift barricade, arresting 14 indigenous protesters and prompting others to flee for safety on snowmobiles. The protesters in northern British Columbia had camped out for days amid bitter cold and deep snow, manning a checkpoint to prevent construction vehicles from entering the territory of the Wet’suwet’en nation. Their demonstrations, part of a fight against a multibillion-dollar natural gas pipeline, galvanized supporters across the country, and at his town hall meeting, the prime minister was forced to contend with a barrage of angry questions. The standoff ended on Wednesday night, in a temporary … [Read more...] about Pipeline battle puts focus on Canada’s disputed right to use indigenous land
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30 November 2018 CanadaIndigenous Peoples The shocking eugenicist policies can be seen as attempted cultural genocide, argues Jaipreet Virdi In 1972, the longest-running and most aggressive sexual sterilization law in Canada was finally repealed. Yet, policies of sterilization still persisted, revived under the guise of ‘family planning’ and targeting women and men declared incapable of responsible parenting. Sixty Indigenous women are currently filing a class action lawsuit alleging forced sterilization dating back 30 years in Saskatchewan. Some of the sterilizations occurred as late as 2017. They are each claiming seven million dollars (US $5.6 million) in damages. The women allege their fallopian tubes were tied without their consent, or that they were pressured into undergoing the procedure by doctors and told that it was reversible. Some were pushed into signing consent forms while they were in active labour or on operating tables. These women were told that … [Read more...] about Canada’s shame: the coerced sterilization of Indigenous women
On 17 October 2018, Canada made history: it became only the second country in the world to legalise recreational cannabis use. While regulations on the sale of the drug – such as age limits, smoking locations and possession amounts – vary from province to province, the new Cannabis Act permits the purchase of cannabis from designated outlets, whether private or government-owned, across Canada. The legal cannabis industry has taken full advantage of a booming e-commerce market to help fulfil demand, with online sales available everywhere. In addition, a number of brick-and-mortar retail locations are open for business country-wide – minus the rather significant exception of Canada’s most populated province, Ontario. Here, shopping online through the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) is the only way to purchase legal cannabis. So while the Wednesday morning news beamed historic images of the first, legal in-store cannabis transactions, no such images … [Read more...] about ‘Cannabis may be legal in Canada – but this is why it’s still not safe to buy it online’
1564 John Calvin, one of the dominant figures of the Protestant Reformation, dies in Geneva. 1647 Achsah Young becomes the first woman known to be executed as a witch in Massachusetts. 1668 Three colonists are expelled from Massachusetts for being Baptists. 1813 Americans capture Fort George, Canada. 1907 The Bubonic Plague breaks out in San Francisco. 1919 A U.S. Navy seaplane completes the first transatlantic flight. 1929 Colonel Charles Lindbergh marries Anne Spencer Morrow. 1935 The Supreme Court declares President Franklin Roosevelt's National Recovery Act unconstitutional. 1937 San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opens. 1941 The German battleship Bismarck is sunk by British naval and air forces. 1942 German General Erwin Rommel begins a major offensive in Libya with his Afrika Korps. 1944 American General Douglas MacArthur lands on Biak … [Read more...] about Today in History May 27
The marijuana movement in North America is seemingly unstoppable at the moment. Mexico legalized medical cannabis in June 2017, 29 U.S. states have legalized marijuana in some capacity since 1996, and Canada stands on the verge of becoming the first developed country in the world to legalize adult-use cannabis by this summer. That's what I'd call a great recipe for rapid sales growth within the marijuana industry. According to cannabis research firm ArcView in partnership with BDS Analytics, North American legal weed sales grew by 33%, to $9.7 billion in 2017 and they're expected to hit approximately $47 billion annually by 2027. Growth like this is tough for investors to ignore, which is a big reason why marijuana stocks have ascended to the heavens. Image source: Getty Images. The U.S. cannabis industry is rife with risk But the cannabis industry isn't without its own unique set of risks. Within the United States, for example, cannabis is still a Schedule I drug at the federal … [Read more...] about Are Oregon’s Marijuana Woes a Precursor of What’s to Come in Canada?