Today (March 5) Vancouver’s top cop had tough words for licensed marijuana producers who might be thinking about continuing to grow their own pot after new regulations make it illegal to do so.
“Vancouver is not a wide open city for the marijuana trade,” said police chief constable Jim Chu quoted in a media release. “We have received legal advice from prosecutors, and we will forward cases that meet the existing charge approval standard to prosecutors….Anyone who opens an illegal business, to sell an illegal product, is taking a risk that they could be charged criminally.”
Bill C-13 is called the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act.
But, according to OpenMedia.ca, it's Canadians who need to be protected from this legislation.
The group's latest video argues the bill will make it easier for the federal government to spy on Canadians' online activities while "threatening free speech on the Internet".
On Facebook, Vision Vancouver park board commissioner Sarah Blyth has announced she is not seeking reelection or running for city council in this November's civic election.
But that's not all Blyth said in her statement, posted today (March 4). The former park board chair wrote (this is a straight-up cut-and-paste):
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It was a rough end to 2013 for Lululemon Athletica founder Chip Wilson.
In November, Wilson sparked controversy by suggesting to an interviewer that some women's bodies were to blame for the Vancouver-based company's see-through yoga pants fiasco. Then Wilson added fuel to the fire by releasing a pseudo-apology on video. In December, Lululemon announced Wilson will resign as its chair by June.
Since 2008, the Vancouver park board has marked International Women’s Day by honouring local women who have made significant community contributions with its “Remarkable Women” poster series.
This year, there are 12 honourees (picked from over 100 nominations), who reflect the theme of the Year of Reconciliation. Here they are, as described in a news release (we've added links to the posters):
Scores of Canadians have been prohibited from the United States after being caught smoking marijuana.
Others have been banned entry into America because a dog merely smelled pot in their clothes.
Others made the mistake of admitting to a border guard to puffing weed in the past.
Then there are those Canadians who are forbidden from visiting Seattle or Portland because they were convicted of some minor offence more than 40 years ago.
In some cases, these transgressions would not even be considered crimes in the United States today.
People caught up in the Homeland Security/National Security Agency dragnet can't even take a flight to other countries with a stop in the United States.
Otherwise, they could be hauled off to jail.
Recently released video footage supports the Sea Shepherd's claim that the Japanese whaling fleet has taken aggressive action against one of its ships.
The video below from Russia Today shows how the Japanese boats sandwiched the much smaller vessel, The Bob Barker, which was sent out to prevent the capture of whales in the Antarctic.
The Japanese claim that their annual whale hunt is for scientific purposes and is therefore legal under the International Whaling Commission's moratorium.
The Sea Shepherd Society, which was founded by former Vancouverite Paul Watson, takes a different view.
Japan claims that The Bob Barker was interfering with refueling.
Many journalists, including this one, came up through Canadian University Press. A national cooperative for university and college student newspapers, CUP is known for throwing rocking (and educational) conferences and publishing a kick-ass (at least when I edited it back in the day) news wire.