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Canada seizes control of recreational marijuana market; under 18s turn to crime



“Canada says ‘yes’ to cannabis,” announces Sky News. But it didn’t. If it could muster the energy to say anything, it mumbled, ‘oh, er, sure.’ Canada has legalised recreational cannabis use, the drug linked to asinine levels of apathy. The country’s Sensate passed the rule by 52 votes in favour and 29 against. The State now controls and regulates how weed is grown, distributed and sold. Let’s hear it for liberty!

Before cannabis was made illegal in Canada in 1923, the government had no control whatsoever. But in 2001 it approved the drug for medical use. And once the wonks get some control, they invariably tighten their grip. So from September smoking a refer will come with government approval. How cool is that?

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted, “It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana – and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate. #PromiseKept”

So from September it will be easier for over 18s to get marijuana and the government will reap the profits. Under 18s, sorry, dudes, you’ll have to get fake id or buy it in the resale market – but not from your big sister because buying weed from an unlicensed dealer is illegal. And anyone selling weed to a minor is in line for a criminal record and up to 14 year in prison.

The wonks and the police say its ok for adults to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis in public. The government will spend the next year working out what “edibles” are ok and equipping every law enforcement operative with scales. And no more than four plants per household.

But weed is legal. And thanks to Canada, weed is recast as an adult drug, no longer the stuff bored kids puff. It’s a serious narcotic, with budtenders and strains sold like fine wines; and all that marketing guff that turns a recreational spliff into the lifestyle choice for the knowing and dull. And the best bit is that the Government runs the market and makes the money.

Let’s hear it for personal freedom!


Posted: 20th, June 2018 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment

Cop lies to nail carpool mum

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My other car’s a Barbie surf bus


What’s the difference between giving a child a lift and carpooling? Carpooling implies that you and other drivers are sharing your resources. But Montreal driver Stéphanie Émond knows it’s when you just give your non-driving child a ride.

When the woman was pulled over by the fuzz on suspicion of travelling alone in the carpool lane reserved for at least two passengers in a vehicle, the officer cited a non-existing law and slapped Stéphanie with a hefty fine.

The cop explained that while Stéphanie did have another passenger in the vehicle it was not an adult in possession of a valid driving licence. That was a crime, said the copper. But it isn’t. But undeterred by the law, the copper gave the blameless driver a $169 ticket for a law that does not exist.

“I was surprised with the cop, when she saw my daughter, that she still issued a ticket,” Émond told CBC News. “The police officer was really sure [of] what she was telling me.”

The rules on carpooling are laid out in article 295 of the Highway Safety Code, which merely states that reserve lanes are for the exclusive use of road vehicles carrying the number of passengers indicated by signs along that route…

“In fact, a parent taking a child to daycare is assumed to be carpooling,” Transports Québec spokesperson Solène Lemay is quoted as saying on the website.

This is problem of semantics. Carpooling looks like a single-person supplement, a rule prejudicial to people who live alone. Everyone pays the same to use the roads but the childless bachelor or the lonely window can’t use all the lanes. How can that be fair?


Posted: 5th, April 2018 | In: News | Comment

Justin Trudeau rides to the rescue on Khawlah Noman’s cut hijab

Racism exits, of course. But to prejudice incidents to fit our own prejudices serve no useful purpose. When CNN reported the claim of an alleged crime, the details were not couched in circumspection and a need to stick to the facts. The story told us: “Khawlah Noman was walking to her Toronto school when a man suddenly appeared behind her and cut her hijab.”

Fact. Nasty stuff. The story continues: ‘”I felt really scared and confused,” the 11-year-old girl said at a news conference Friday.’ A news conference for a nasty but not major crime seems overblown. No? You kind if wonder what role the police are taking. Child makes claim. Police stage press conference and issue a statement of fact.

The man approached the child from behind Friday morning as she made her way to school with her younger brother. He pulled the hood off the girl’s jacket and cut her hijab with a pair of scissors, police said.

More facts.

The story was so important that it went to the very top. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to Twitter:

“My heart goes out to Khawlah Noman following this morning’s cowardly attack on her in Toronto. Canada is an open and welcoming country, and incidents like this cannot be tolerated.”

Was an alleged incident being used to polish the State’s sound morals? Canada was standing with Khawlah.

The facts kept on coming. Reuters wrote a report which was picked up by many publications. The following words appeared in the Daily Mail, NY TimesThe National and the Huffington Post:

Toronto police are investigating an attack on an 11-year-old girl whose hijab headcovering was repeatedly cut on her way to school on Friday, heightening pressure on Canadian governments to take further action against attacks on Muslims.

Newsweek rehashed the news:

Khawlah Noman, a sixth grader at Pauline Johnson Junior Public School in Toronto, Canada was walking with her younger brother to school when a man came up behind her, pulled off her jacket hood, and started cutting the bottom of her hijab.

Trudeau was breathless with pain as he told people that attacking children was not the kind of country Canada is.



It happened!



And now a report tells us:

An 11-year-old girl’s report last week that a man tried to cut off her hijab as she walked to school didn’t occur, Toronto police said Monday.

“After a detailed investigation, police have determined that the events described in the original news release did not happen,” police said.

“The investigation is concluded.”

Kids, eh.

Posted: 17th, January 2018 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment

Canadian Parliament scuppers moves to permit drunk canoeing

canoe beer canadaCanada has rules governing drinking in “vessels”, including those “propelled exclusively by means of muscular power”. Get caught over the limit in a kayak or on an inflatable raft and you could lose your driving licence.

Now the Canadian Safe Boating Council has countered moves to end this rule, telling Liberal MP Colin Fraser, “it would send the wrong message to the public to exclude drunk canoeing”. You can be drunk in charge of a bicycle. But you must be sober in a canoe.

The Canadian Criminal Code says only motorized road vehicles are covered by impaired driving laws – but all water-going “vessels,” whether they’re motorized or not, are included:

But the definition may soon be tested in court. Earlier this year, Ontario Provincial Police laid charges against David Sillars, a 37-year-old who tipped a canoe on the Muskoka River. An eight-year-old in the canoe was swept over a waterfall and died.

Sillars is charged with impaired operation of a vessel causing death and operating a vessel with a blood-alcohol level over 80 milligrams causing death, among other counts.

During the committee meeting, Conservative MP Rob Nicholson — a former Conservative justice minister — appeared to cite that case in asking for clarification on what the amendment would do.

In the UK, the law on drunk-boating tells us:

Boaters may be prosecuted under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 if their actions on the water are seen to be endangering other vessels, structures or individuals and they are under the influence of alcohol.

But there is no law covering being smashed in charge of a canoe, or pedlo.

Spotter: National Post


Posted: 17th, October 2017 | In: News, Politicians, Strange But True | Comment

Someone stole the amputated toe from the Sourtoe cocktail

Amateur drinkers drink cocktails. They’re the Happy Hour dross fuel, the drinks the witless and bovine sup at moments of enforced joviality and acute self doubt. At Dawson City’s Downtown Hotel, Yukon, Canada,  the cocktail of choice is Sourtoe Cocktail Club. It might well be the perfect anti-cocktail cocktail, a lampooning of the usual pretentious swill . The Sourtoe cocktail is 1 oz of whisky, mostly a decent bourbon, with a severed toe.

You don’t drink the toe – it’s not pureed. You just chin the proper booze and let the toe touch your lips. It’s the literal kicker to the hard liquor slap.

And now it’s gone. Not swallowed. Stolen. Someone has stolen the toe.

“We are furious,” says Terry Lee, the hotel’s Toe Captain. “Toes are very hard to come by.” No, they’re not. You just need to look in the right places. The inside of rugby boots, graves and building sites have plenty. The original Sourtoe toe was found in a jar.


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CBCNews has more:

The hotel says the suspect is from Quebec and had earlier boasted about wanting to steal the toe. Lee says the man reportedly coaxed the bartender to serve him the drink after the nightly 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. “Toe Time.”

“One of the new staff served it to him to be nice. And this is how he pays her back. What a low life.”

If you can’t trust a toe sniffer, who can you trust? But, then again, all cocktail drinkers lack spirit in the hard drinkers’ race to the bottom.

Posted: 21st, June 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Strange But True | Comment

Police arrest man operating 420 marijuana vending cart

The absurd laws that make marijuana illegal continue to impinge of lives. In Victoria, Canada, police spotted a 22-year-old man operating what appeared to be a marijuana delivery service.

The suspect’s cart cried the legends “420 delivery, no minors”.


420 marijuana cart


Lest you think this a stunt, know that police officers found the man to be in possession of 50 grams of weed. As he awaits a December court date, we wonder why weed is illegal in Canada?

In April 2016, Canada’s health minister, Jane Philpott, opined: “We will introduce legislation in spring 2017 that ensures we keep marijuana out of the hands of children and profits out of the hands of criminals. We will work with law enforcement partners to encourage appropriate and proportionate criminal justice measures. We know it is impossible to arrest our way out of this problem.”

So why bother?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party declared:

Canada’s current system of marijuana prohibition does not work. It does not prevent young people from using marijuana and too many Canadians end up with criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug.

See above.

…We will remove marijuana consumption and incidental possession from the Criminal Code…

So will everyone arrested for possession of the stinking weed get a pardon when the new laws are passed?

Posted: 12th, November 2016 | In: Reviews | Comments (3)

SatNav directions send woman into a deep harbour (photos)

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Do you trust machines? Would you buy a driverless car? To Tobermory, Ontario, Canada, where a 23-year-old woman who followed her car’s SatNav instructions ended up in a harbour.

Ontario Provincial Police say the driver “took a wrong turn into Little Tub Harbour… weather conditions and the driver being new to the area, a fully submerged vehicle was the result,” police said. The woman escaped by sliding from the car’s window and swimming 30 metres to the shore in 4°C water.


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Posted: 16th, May 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, Strange But True, Technology | Comment

Real bald v false bald: should all bald men wear swimming caps?

baldies“I’m a bald man,” says Yann Marcotte, a swimmer at a pool in the Sainte-Julie suburb of Montreal, . “When I swim [with a cap on] it’s very, very hot … It’s very uncomfortable.  I’m not a criminal. But it is not the law. It is just a pool rule.”


Those pool rules state that all swimmers must wear a cap in the water. Marcotte has thrice been thrown out of the pool for going bareheaded. The police have been called to escort him off the premises.


“There are more and more bald people,” says pool spokesman Éric Hervieux. “There are two types … those that I call the ‘real bald’ and the ‘false bald.’ The real bald are those that have naturally lost their hair. The false bald are those that shave their heads … When their hair starts to grow back, it becomes problematic. They’re used to not wearing the bathing cap – but then their hair comes back. It’s unhygienic.


Marcotte,  ‘real bald‘ wonders why the man who swims in lane next to his can swim with a beard “like Fidel Castro’s” and not have to cover his face. Furthermore, women can wear loose-fitting shower caps, as long as they don’t dunk their heads in the water. And a boy with autism whose disability means he is uncomfortable in a tight-fitting cap is allowed in the pool without one.

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“I think the only thing I can do now is a legal proceeding,” says Marcotte. “It’s like David versus Goliath.”


Posted: 3rd, October 2015 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment

Police warning: large ‘egg-shaped’ white man broke in looking for drugs

egg man crimePolice Bulletin: Cops in Ontario, Canada are looking for two men who pepper sprayed the occupants of a local home and robbed them.

One of the victims gave chase. He describes one villain as being around 20 years of age with a large bandage around his hand. The other criminal is an “egg-shaped” white man, about six feet tall and 65 to 70 years old. He has a grey beard, grey hair and was wearing a light coloured “Tilley-style” hat.

The men had ran around the property demanding drugs. It’s not know whether they found any.


Posted: 17th, September 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Politician wants pedestrians to give drivers the finger when crossing roads

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In the drawer marked ‘What could go wrong?’ we find Norm Kelly, Councillor for the City of Toronto, Canada. He wants pedestrians to give motorists the finger while crossing the road.

Kelly wants walkers to extend their arms and using their index fingers point in the direction they want to walk when using crosswalks. At which point the driver will see the walker, wonder what they are pointing at and turn their heads to see. The walker will step into the road and get a closer look at the car crash.

Says Kelly:

“Three per cent of pedestrian injuries and fatalities in Toronto occur at marked crosswalks. This is a statistic which could be significantly reduced if pedestrians make the effort to point, pause then proceed. Getting the attention of motorists before crossing the street eliminates the possibility of a collision.”


With them, yes. With other cars, shop windows, cyclists and walkers not trying to cross the road, the jury’s out.

Posted: 9th, September 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Armed rat with small mouse head robs store at

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To Barrie, Ontario, Canada, where a huge knife-wielding rodent with human arms, body and legs has held up the Mac’s.

Barrie police Det. Brett Haynes is unsure. He’s looking for a man with a mouse head:

“I would have to say this is the first time I came across a mask used for a robbery that looks like a child’s cute mouse mask. It was a pretty brazen attack for just 60 bucks.” 

A grown man whose head can fit inside a child-size mask?

Will anyone be brave enough to, er, rat him out?


YouTube link.


Posted: 18th, July 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Canadian MP blames tight underpants for untimely exit from parliament

A Canadian MP blamed his too-tight underpants for leaving parliament in a hurry on Thursday morning….


Squeaky bum time

Squeaky bum time


“I can blame it on a sale that was down at the Hudson’s Bay [Company] – they had men’s underwear on for half price. I bought a bunch that was clearly too small for me and I find it difficult to sit for any length of time.” So says Canadian MP Pat Martin explaining why had left his seat after a vote.

“I apologize if it was necessary for me to leave my seat briefly, but I did not mean to forfeit my right to vote.”

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Posted: 21st, February 2015 | In: Politicians, Strange But True | Comment

Cheese Big Enough To Kill A Man Arrives In Canada

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How do you describe something big? Traditionally, fooball pitches, buses or St Paul’s Cathedral have been used to describe a thing’s length or height.  But writing in the Ottwah Citzen, Alison Mah takes a new angle:

A 1,000-pound provolone that would likely kill you if it fell on you the wrong way has arrived in Ottawa.

Big enough to kill you.

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Posted: 26th, November 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Life Imitates Seinfeld: Stop Or My Teenaged Daugther Shoots!

LIFE imitates Seinfeld: (and teenagers, we have you surrounded):

Heavily armed tactical officers surrounded a 12-unit apartment building in Waterloo, southern Ontario, Canada, on Saturday afternoon, after citizens and police reported gunshots.

But about two hours later, Waterloo Regional Police determined it was someone who had repeatedly slammed a door inside one of the apartments in the building. Nobody was hurt. No charges were laid, said Staff Sgt. Deborah McBride. “Apparently there was a heavy door that when it was slammed sounded just like a shotgun,” McBride said.

“We don’t know who slammed the door, but we don’t think there was malicious intent,” McBride said.

Run the CCTV fotage:

Slamming door brings big police response to Waterloo neighbourhood

Posted: 17th, November 2014 | In: Reviews | Comment

Murder In Canada: Islam And Dead Soldiers Race For Victimhood

Mark Steyn writes on murder and mayhem Canada.

There have been two recent incidents.

One: The NY Times:

The shootings in the heart of the normally placid Canadian capital came two days after two members of the Canadian armed forces were injured in a hit-and-run crash in a small Quebec city that the authorities considered an act of terrorism.

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Posted: 23rd, October 2014 | In: Reviews | Comment

The 1995 Canada Referendum Hoax: Listen To The Queen Talking To A Radio DJ She Thought Was The Prime Minister

Thousands of supporters for national unity gather at the Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec, across the Ottawa river from Parliament Hill, Sunday October 29, 1995. The two sides in Quebec's bloodless but bitter war of secession made emotional final appeals Sunday to the undeclared voters who will cast the crucial ballots in the vote on splitting from Canada.(AP PHOTO/Fred Chartrand)

Thousands of supporters for national unity gather at the Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec, across the Ottawa river from Parliament Hill, Sunday October 29, 1995. 


IN 1995, Canada was saved from destruction by the desperation of Canada’s prime minister, Jean Chrétien, and a sudden and passionate mobilisation of the “No” vote. The country voted. And Quebec would not leave Canada.

But it was close. The “No” campaign won, but only by a small margin — 50.6% to 49.4%.

Her Majesty The Queen had been worried, commenting, “It sounds as though the referendum may go the wrong way”. We know she said that because her telephone conversation with a radio DJ pretending to be Chrétien was broadcast to the nation.

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Posted: 5th, September 2014 | In: Reviews, Royal Family | Comment

Nominative Determinism: Sergeant Pidcock Nabs A Flasher Called Popdick

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IT’S a Nominative Determinism knob-off in Canada, where and Ottawa man has been arrested for for indecent exposure.

Donald Popadick, 62, has been  Charged with Indecent Act and Mischief.

News of the arrests was broken on twitter by Ottawa Police Sgt. Iain Pidcock.


Such are the facts…

Spotter: National Post

Posted: 30th, April 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Husband Stabbed By Wife Run Over Twice On Way To Doctor

drunk driverTO Manitoba in Canada, to hear Lois Cook, 39, plead guilty on Friday to manslaughter for the death of her common-law husband Dave Hudson, 32 on May 31, 2010.

It was a party for  Treaty Days, when the couple began to row. Cook stabbed Hudson twice in the arm. Both had been drinking and Hudson shook off his small injuries – neither wound was longer than 3mm.  After a period he wandered up the road to a nearby relative’s home to get a lift to the doctors. And that was when it happened. Hudson collapsed. One of the knife wounds had clipped an artery. The court hears that his fall was “likely due to the loss of blood”.

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Posted: 18th, November 2013 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Hitler worked as a chef, a professor and a Nazi-next-door in Western Canada

WOULD you know Hitler is he were living in Canada? In November 1944, the Free Press Weekly Prairie Farmer asked is readers:

“Would You Know Der Fuehrer’s Face If He Settled In Western Canada?”

It’s all about the facial hair. In 1940s’ Western Canada, chef’s were buttoned-up, militaristic and waxed-tipped; all men of letters wore glasses and went for a centre-parting; the Hobos dress like Slavs; and the guy next door looks like a Nazi.

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Posted: 10th, October 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comment

Modern landmarks in Regina: the Saskatchewan Hoodoo Mattress Mesa

Saskatchewan Hoodoo

MODERN landmarks. This one has a Facebook page:

Hurry and go see this natural wonder before it’s too late! They call it the “Saskatchewan Hoodoo”. A mattress and some leftover snow beside Ring road in Regina. And just when you thought Paul McCartney was the only reason to drive to Regina… 

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Posted: 26th, April 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

One year in Yellowknife, the Northwest Territories, Canada

ONE year in Yellowknife, Canada

Filmed entirely in and around Yellowknife, the Northwest Territories, Canada from January to December, 2011. Features Northern staples like frostbite, bison, and singalongs.

Still, unlike the rest of Canada, there are no mosquitoes as big as your face:

Posted: 9th, September 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment (1)

Police rescue constipated man – truncheons drawn

TO Canada, where police are responding to an emergency call. A woman has heard the noises of pain emerging from a Victoria property. She has dialled 911.

The police are at the scene. They have rapped on the door but no-one has answered.

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Posted: 21st, May 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Donald Trump boasts about his private parts to transgender Jenna Talackova

DONALD TRUMP, the real-estate mogul, US Apprentice boss and owner of the Miss Universe Organisation, bragged about is genitalia when addressing the controversy surrounding Jenna Talackova (photos), a transgender beauty queen who was disqualified from the Miss Universe pageant in Canada last month.

During a press conference, the 23-year-old Talackova ‘s attorney, Gloria Allred, referred to Trump’s private parts, saying that Talackova “didn’t ask Mr. Trump to prove he’s a naturally born man, or see photos of his birth, or to view his anatomy… It made no difference to her.”

In response, Trump phoned in to TMZ, telling viewers that “I think Gloria would be very, very, very impressed with me”. As regards sharing his baby pictures, Trump joked: “I just wanna know how much will Gloria pay me? Because if the payment is enough, I might just do it. Boy, would she be impressed.”

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Posted: 4th, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment

Dad arrested and strip-searched after daughter draws picture of gun at school

TO Kitchener, Canada, where father of three Jessie Sansone is being arrested because his daughter Neaveh has drawn a picture of a gun at school. The teacher has asked the four-year-old why she has drawn a picture of man holding a gun. Neaveh replied:

 “That’s my daddy’s. He uses it to shoot bad guys and monsters.”

Says Jesse Sansone:

“I’m picking up my kids and then, next thing you know, I’m locked up. I was in shock. This is completely insane. My daughter drew a gun on a piece of paper at school.” 

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Posted: 26th, February 2012 | In: Reviews | Comments (2)