We thought things were getting better. We thought the harsh stance people take aginst marijuana, claiming it to be a harmful drug that only breeds negative consequences, was being demolished with a more modern and unbiased perception taking its place. That may be true in Montreal, with the city now home to Quebec's first marijuana clinic, but the same can't be said for the rest of Canada, as you'll see in the video below.
Created by the Government of Canada, the video in question is basically a PSA telling viewers that marijuana is evil, especially when used by teenagers. Basically, the it's a modernized and condensed version of Reefer Madness from the 1930s.
Propaganda at its finest, the video has a pseudo-scientific vibe to it, making it seem like weed has been clinically proven to be harmful to the minds of a youth. The Government of Canada obviously hasn't been following up on recent research on marijuana use, because this study shows that smoking marijuana, even when you're a teen, affects the brain, but doesn't damage it in the slightest.
Whether you smoke weed or not, approve of it or hate it, don't let an incredibly biased video like the one below inform your opinion. If anything, just watch it and think of it as satire...if only that were the case.
The Huffington Post also hasan amazing response to this video, and the Canadian government's plea for parents to "get the facts," which is contradictory, as Canada has yet to legalize marijuana because there aren't enough facts. The federal government says it can't approve of cannabis until more clinical trials are enacted on the drug's effect on a person, but apparently enough have been done to disapprove of weed. Gotta love one-sided logic.
Justin Trudeau's Liberals will get a minority government following Canada's 2021 election, the CBC projects. The public broadcaster projected earlier in the evening that the Liberals would win a government, but it was not immediately clear whether the party would claim a minority or majority of seats in the House of Commons, the CBC said.
The result, of course, is that it's possible little will change in the balance of power in the next parliament. The Liberals have held a minority government since the last federal election in 2019.
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"Because I am Québécois!" Trudeau responded with a chuckle before raising his voice.
"You constantly forget that I'm proudly Québécois! That I've always been Québécois! That I will always be Québécois!" the prime minister retorted, adding that Blanchet doesn't "have unanimity on Quebec."
Blanchet responded by stating that "Quebec democracy is expressed at Quebec's National Assembly," to which Trudeau added, "and at the government of Canada!"
Trudeau shared a clip of the exchange on Twitter, declaring once again that he's "proudly Québécois."
On August 13, the Government of Canada announced that it plans to require employees and certain travellers in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors to be vaccinated.
This includes all commercial air travellers, passengers taking the train between provinces, and passengers on "large marine vessels with overnight accommodations," like cruise ships.
However, the government announcement specified that there will be exceptions. Those who are unable to be vaccinated may receive accommodation, such as testing or screening instead.
"Driving vaccine uptake in Canada to as high a level as possible is one of the most effective, and least disruptive, means at our disposal to sustain the gains we have made in recent months," said Jean-Yves Duclos, president of Canada's Treasury Board, in a statement.
The feds have yet to announce the specific dates that the new vaccine rules come into effect. But, according to the announcement, it will be "as soon as possible in the fall and no later than the end of October."
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