The federal cabinet has responded to an adverse court ruling by increasing the number of medical marijuana users a licensed grower may supply -- to two from one. The slight increase, to be announced this week, has prompted fierce criticism from MPs and advocates for the freer use of marijuana to alleviate symptoms for a range of illnesses.
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New federal regulations allowing designated medical marijuana producers to grow cannabis for two approved users of marijuana -- up from one -- are a "slap in the face," advocates said yesterday. The changes, to be announced today, come nearly 16 months after a Federal Court judge struck down part of the old regulations as unconstitutional and unnecessarily restrictive.
On May 21, 2007, Malalai Joya – the young MP dubbed “the bravest woman in Afghanistan” by the BBC – was unjustly suspended from the Afghan National Assembly. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Afghanistan on that day and, two years later, has still yet to make any statement about Joya’s mistreatment. “Canada’s participation in this war in Afghanistan has been justified with rhetoric about women’s rights, yet Harper and the Conservatives remained silent when Malalai Joya was ousted from her elected position and again did nothing meaningful when Karzai signed the anti-women provision which sanctioned rape in marriage,” said Parvin Ashrafi, a women’s rights activist with the Iranian Centre for Peace, Freedom and Social Justice and a member of Friends of Malalai Joya -- Canada.
OTTAWA - The Conservatives are poised to kill off any chance of a spring election by using the parliamentary calendar to delay a possible non-confidence motion from the Liberals. The Tories have told some of their rivals that they will push back the Liberals' so-called opposition day - their easiest opportunity to table a non-confidence motion - to June 17. Such a move would leave opposition parties with two options: trigger a rare midsummer election with a national vote July 27 at the earliest, or keep the government alive until later this year.
VANCOUVER -- A controversial proposal for sweeping changes in how B.C. elects its provincial government was heading for defeat last night in early returns in the referendum on electoral reform. The proposed changes had support in several ridings across the province but were falling far short of the threshold of 60-per-cent approval required for change.
After 35 years of experience with mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes, Americans are beginning to abandon this discredited approach. Yet Stephen Harper's Conservative government now wants to saddle Canadians with these expensive and ineffective laws.
Not that all men are warmongers, but it's striking how, in recent years, the most outspoken, out-front, outrageous and out-there peace activists have been women. And older women at that. Is it because, as our baby-making hormones ebb, our anti-war-mones take over? Here in Canada, we have the Raging Grannies, often seen at the front lines of demonstrations against everything from the U.S. attack on Iraq to the globalization of trade that exploits workers, including women and children, around the word.
Under Canada's proposed new drug laws, an 18-year-old who shares a joint with a 17-year-old friend could end up in jail. Small-time addicts convicted of pushing drugs near schools, parks, malls or other prospective youth hangouts would be automatically incarcerated for two years. Growers caught selling even one plant to a friend would also be jailed. The Harper government's bill to impose Canada's first mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug crimes -- removing judges' sentencing discretion -- has come under intense scrutiny in public hearings, which began last week.
Building projects in Ottawa have so far received only a slim share of infrastructure funds allocated by the Harper government, while more than half the federal money committed in Ontario is earmarked for major transit improvements for Toronto. A breakdown of investments by Infrastructure Canada since the January federal budget shows that $50 million for the new convention centre is the only Ottawa project funded by the Tories out of about $1.4 billion committed for the province.
Conservatives push mandatory prison sentences for drug crimes -- even for growing as little as one marijuana plant. Canada's justice minister says people who sell or grow marijuana belong in jail because pot is used as a "currency" to bring harder drugs into the country.
It may not have been a large crowd but the New Democratic Party revitalization conference held at the Elks Lodge in Grande Prairie Saturday was more about the quality of discussion, said Vancouver MP and keynote speaker Libby Davies. She called it building a base to work from. “The process that we are involved in today comes out of the results of the last election,” said Brian Mason, Alberta NDP leader and also a guest at the conference.
OTTAWA — Want to know how your MP has been voting in the House of Commons? Finding out has just become a whole lot easier. The House of Commons website has launched a feature that allows visitors to see how MPs voted. Friday's change brings Canadian transparency one step closer to the system in the United States — where Congress regularly posts voting results within an hour, and has detailed records going back 20 years.
An important private member's bill introduced by New Democrat MP Libby Davies — the Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing Act — is at second reading in the House of Commons. Bill C-304 positions housing as a human right and it would oblige the government to create a national strategy around housing, in consultation with provincial and municipal partners.
So much has been written about the Downtown Eastside by the media, academics, as well as enumerable studies and even internationally. Yet it remains an enigma to those on the outside looking in, often reduced to harsh one-liners and stereotypes that fail to portray the complexity, rich history and deep sense of community that exists in what is often described as Canada's poorest urban postal code. Reading the current series in the Globe and Mail, "The Nation's Slum: Fix It," I have been both infuriated and provoked by the articles. Like many, I balk at headlines and descriptions that portray a helpless throng in deep despair waiting to be pulled out of poverty by healthy doses of middle classness and development.
OTTAWA — Commitments by organizers of the Vancouver Olympics for a "housing legacy" are falling dramatically behind, the NDP says, and it wants the federal government to take action New Democrat MP Libby Davies is calling on the Conservative government to adopt recommendations from a recent United Nations housing report that raises concerns about the Olympics' potentially negative impact on the homeless.
After more than 250 years of parliamentary democracy, Canadians will soon have easy access to a fundamental piece of information about their electoral system: the voting records of the MPs they send to Ottawa. The House of Commons is developing a system to put every MP's voting record on a website, shedding light for the first time on information that has long been buried within Commons records.
Ending homelessness is Mayor Gregor Robertson's top priority. It appears to be the same priority of Vancouver-East NDP MP Libby Davies, who tabled a bill in the House of Commons Tuesday to establish a national housing strategy. Davies' introduction of her bill comes a few weeks after Robertson was in Ottawa to lobby for many things, including money for affordable housing.
Re: Legalization needs Study. Dear Editor, I'd like to congratulate the Province for its thoughtful review of its position regarding the legalization of drugs and the extensive coverage given to life and community in the Downtown Eastside
OTTAWA -- In the wake of the worst month ever for job losses in Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government is under increasing pressure to revamp the country's employment insurance system amid concerns that the $40-billion economic stimulus package announced less than 10 days ago will not be enough to help resuscitate Canada's rapidly deteriorating economy.
OTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government faces mounting demands to improve support for the jobless in the wake of the shocking increase in layoffs in Ontario and across the country. Opposition parties accused Harper of mismanaging the economy and leaving the growing pool of unemployed to suffer without adequate help.