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Canada to allow mail-order marijuana sales
Source: The Hill

 

Canadians will soon be able to order marijuana through the mail as part of the nation’s new legalization of recreational pot.

Lawmakers in the country passed the Cannabis Act earlier this week, setting the country up to regulate the market in the coming months.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday that legalization will begin on Oct. 17. The country is the second to legalize the substance nationwide, after Uruguay.

The federal minimum age for marijuana use in Canada will be 18, but some provinces are setting their own minimum age at 19, which is the drinking age in most areas. Provinces are also creating their own regulations regarding pot shops, home-growing and taxes.
Medical marijuana, which has been legal in Canada for nearly 20 years, has been available through the mail since 2013.

 

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If you're going to smoke it, you might as well just grow it yourself. It would be way cheaper. 



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Trudeau says Canada will take refugees banned by U.S.

TORONTO — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a message for refugees rejected by U.S. President Donald Trump: Canada will take you.

He also intends to talk to Trump about the success of Canada’s refugee policy.
Trudeau reacted to Trump’s ban of Muslims from certain countries by tweeting Saturday: “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.”

Trudeau also posted a picture of him greeting a Syrian child at Toronto’s airport in late 2015. Trudeau oversaw the arrival of more than 39,000 Syrian refugees soon after he was elected.

 

Read More https://www.pbs.org/...gees-banned-u-s



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...and now a Canadian language lesson for today.

 

Translation:  "and now a Canadian language lesson for today."

 

 

Sorry, I don't know enough French to also supply that official language alternative.


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...and now a Canadian language lesson for today.

 

Translation:  "and now a Canadian language lesson for today."

 

 

Sorry, I don't know enough French to also supply that official language alternative.

Well, you've done half the work, someone else can finish it off. 



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^^^ :king:

 

There is the not so slight matter of having different governments.  The article inked below is a bit of a puff piece on behalf of Mr. Trudeau.  Still it has some interesting anecdotes and background information.  Be warned the full article is a bit long by the standards of what I normally link.

 

 

Justin Trudeau: The North Star

 

https://www.rollings...th-star-194313/

 

 

Introduction:

 

(Rolling Stone) Let’s begin by synchronizing our watches. We are in the Eastern time zone.

 

The legislative session is over, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is about to give his wrap-up press conference. The reporters trudge into the gallery, grumbling, as reporters like to do, about traffic and editors. Someone gives the “10 seconds” signal, and Trudeau strides to the podium. He gives a nod and starts ticking off his accomplishments. The first is self-praise for cutting taxes on the middle class and raising them on the one percent. “We’ve given nine out of 10 families more money each month to help with the costs of raising their kids,” Trudeau says.

 

It’s strange to witness: He speaks in a modulated, indoor voice. His dark hair is a color found in nature. At home, there is a glamorous wife and three photogenic children, still not old enough to warm his seat at next week’s G-20 summit or be involved in an espionage scandal.

 

When Trudeau moves on to his feminist bona fides (women and minorities make up more than half of his Cabinet), he pauses for a moment, but does not lose his train of thought. His words are coherent and will not need to be run through Google Translate when he is done (except if you want to translate his French into English).

 

He talks about steps taken to deal with the opioid crisis and mentions the country’s dropping unemployment rate. He uses the original Clintonian recipe on the crowd: “We’re focused on getting people into good careers and helping families get ahead and stay ahead,” he says. “But we know there’s more hard work in front of us than there is behind us.”

 

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It looks like the United States and Mexico are not the only North American countries with a border problem.

 

Justin Trudeau is in trouble, but he can fix that

 

https://www.cnn.com/...rkiw/index.html

 

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(CNN)There was a jarring sense of déjà vu last week in Canada as images of yet another attack on innocent civilians in Toronto played out on newscasts. A reportedly mentally ill manwent on a gun rampage on Sunday evening in Toronto's popular Danforth neighborhood, killing two people and injuring 13 others. The attack occurred less than three months after a man drove a van into pedestrians in another busy part of Toronto, killing 10 people.

 

And those were just in 2018. In January 2017, in Quebec City, a man using a restricted firearmkilled six people and injured others. And in September of that year, in Edmonton, a man carried out a stabbing and van attack, injuring five.

 

According to Toronto police, up to half of the guns on the streets of Toronto are smuggled in from the US, and the Canada Border Services Agency is routinely seizing illegal firearms at the Canada-US border. (Media reports say the semi-automatic handgun used in last week's Sunday shooting originated in the US, although Canadian-sourced illegal firearms arms are a big part of police seizures as well).

 

And these stories are not just anecdotal. According to the Canadian government, the number of homicide victims killed by firearms has been steadily increasingover the last three years. With gun violence on the rise in North America's fourth-largest city, the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must now contend with growing calls for a crackdown on guns in Canada where, unlike in the US, people do not have a constitutional right to bear arms.

 

The surge in violence on Canadian streets adds to the list of issues Trudeau is going to have to deal with as he prepares for a federal election next year. Just three years into his mandate, the photogenic Trudeau must juggle a host of controversies that have hurt his popularity. Introducing a possible handgun ban in response to the violence and adding a new post for "border security and organized crime reduction" in a cabinet shuffle on July 18 are some of the ways Trudeau is getting battle ready.

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Trudeau orders Canadian government to look into full ban on handguns and assault weapons http://hill.cm/yC3IyeX



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I honestly think a lot of these shootings are intelligence operations. Was the reason this man went on a shooting due to the fact that he was mentally ill, or was he just bitter that he ended up spending most of his life in the mental health system? What some may not realize is that there is a intimate relationship between psychiatry and the agencies. Some say that the CIA even wrote the DSM manual. 

 

Now what if the intelligence agencies could gas light an individual (Ie. make them think they are going crazy), and make it look like mental illness, in order to provoke some kind of violent outburst, the sole purpose of which is to further restrict the public's freedoms? Problem, reaction, solution.



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Trump warns he could cause the 'ruination' of Canada
Source: Toronto Star
 

WASHINGTON— Returning to his bellicose trade rhetoric, U.S. President Donald Trump warned Friday that he would cause the “ruination” of Canada if he imposed tariffs on Canadian-made cars.

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“I don’t want to do anything bad to Canada. I can — all I have to do is tax their cars, it would be devastating. If I tax cars coming in from Canada, it would be devastating,” he continued, according to a pool reporter travelling with him.

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In the North Dakota speech, he said, “We cannot continue to get ripped off like we’ve been ripped off before.”

“Actually, on some countries, including Canada, a tax on cars would be the ruination of the country,” he said. “That’s how big it is. It’d be the ruination of the country. Now, they’ve taken advantage of us for many decades. We can’t let this happen anymore. We have a country to run.”

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Read more: https://www.thestar....-of-canada.html



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Canada one of few developed countries with growing population
brian wang | September 30, 2018
 

Canada has an estimated population of 37.1 million (July 1, 2018). This update is based on the 2016 census. This is a 520,000 increase from the prior year.

Canada has increased its immigration quotas. Canada increased immigration quotas to 310,000 in 2018, 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020.

Canada will pass the population of Poland in 2020.
Canada population will be 40 million in 2023.

 

https://www.nextbigf...population.html



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Trump official called Trudeau 'that little punk kid running Canada,' the U.S. president's economic
Source: Toronto Star
 

An official in the Trump administration privately referred to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “that little punk kid running Canada,” another Trump official said at an event on Wednesday.

Larry Kudlow, Trump’s chief economic adviser, recounted the story at an invitation-only dinner hosted by the American Spectator, a conservative magazine.

According to the Washington Examiner, which was in attendance, Kudlow said that one of his friends in the White House, “who will go unnamed,” said they were pleased they had managed to come to a trade agreement with Canada — despite Trudeau.

“ ‘We didn’t walk away. We didn’t end it. We made a deal. Alright? ’Spite that little punk kid running Canada, we still made it,’ ” Kudlow said, the Examiner reported. “And I’ve had some wonderful run-ins with him.”

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Read more: https://www.thestar....viser-says.html



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China’s military scientists target Canadian universities

 

Canadian academics have collaborated on dozens of projects with Chinese military researchers – some of whom appear to have obscured their defence ties – raising concerns that Canada is inadvertently helping China modernize its armed forces.

 
The academic exchanges, jointly advancing technologies such as secure communications, satellite-image processing and drones, include the enrollment of Chinese defence scientists as graduate students and visiting scholars at Canadian universities, The Globe and Mail has found.
 
A Globe survey found that scholars with at least nine Canadian institutions – from smaller campuses such as Nipissing University to top engineering schools such as the University of Waterloo – have conducted research in partnership with Chinese military scholars. For instance, an expert in advanced computer simulations who was an adjunct professor at McGill University has also taught at the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), which reports directly to the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party.


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Canada says it will bring in more immigrants

 

Canada will bring in 350,000 immigrants in 2021 — a 40,000 jump from this year’s target, the federal government announced on Wednesday.

As debate rages in the United States over immigration, with fear mongering around a “migrant caravan” dominating the lead up to midterm elections, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is signalling a different direction.

 

https://news.vice.co...impression=true



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Canada registers sixfold increase in US citizens seeking asylum in 2017 Article title

 

The couple’s 18-month-old daughter, however, was born in Fort Lauderdale, and – as an American by birth – she is part of a growing number of US citizens seeking refuge in Canada.

In 2017, some 2,550 US citizens applied for asylum in Canada – an increase of more than sixfold from 2016 and the largest such number since at least 1994, according to data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Americans were the third largest contingent of asylum seekers in 2017, after Haitians and Nigerians. The vast majority are children born to Haitian parents, according to experts.

 

Read more: https://www.theguard...ration-refugees



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Canadian air force running short of pilots, jets: watchdog

OTTAWA - The Canadian air force is increasingly running short of combat-capable fighter jets and pilots and government attempts to address the problem have only made it worse, the nation’s top watchdog said on Tuesday.

The report is another blow to a decade-long, trouble-plagued attempt by successive administrations to replace Canada’s CF-18 jets, some of which have been flying for almost 40 years.

“National Defence (defense ministry) has not done enough to manage risks related to Canada’s fighter aircraft fleet ... until a replacement fleet is in place.”

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said in a statement that Ottawa would launch new initiatives to recruit and retain pilots and was also moving to upgrade the CF-18s.

 

https://www.reuters....SKCN1NP1WJ?il=0







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