Punjabi: "Liberal MP Raj Grewal reconsidering his decision to quit politics"
A phone in on Toronto’s Punjabi talk show Gaunda Punjab CIRV FM 88.9 reports:
Satpal Johal After announcing his resignation due to a gambling problem, Liberal MP Raj Grewal is now reconsidering his decision to quit politics. He is not on the Liberal caucus now, the party confirmed. The host said though it is disappointing to see Grewal surrounded by controversies, as a human being, he is a good man. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed in October that Raj Grewal will be running again for the Liberals in Brampton East in the next federal election. Now he is not a member of the Liberal caucus any more. The Liberals are not saying anything about Grewal's seat as an MP. Journalist Satpal Johal said that maybe the Liberal party does not want to vacate the seat deliberately so that NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is not able to run for that seat, which could be an easy win for Singh. (03/12/2018)
Cantonese: "B.C. has some of the highest rents, lowest vacancy rates in Canada: CMHC rental market survey"
Vancouver's Fairchild TV British Columbia reports:
The overall vacancy rate for rental apartments in Canada fell for the second year in a row, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Rental Market Survey released Wednesday. The vacancy rate was three per cent in 2017, but fell to 2.4% this year. The vacancy rate in B.C.’s primary rental market went up slightly to 1.4%, compared to 1.3% last year. (28/11/2018)
Spanish: "Availability of apartments to rent in Canada falls"
Montreal's Spanish news source Noticias Montreal reports:
For the second year in a row, available rental housing has fallen in Canada since demand grew more than supply. The data published this week by the Canada Mortgage Housing Corp indicate that this year's rate is at 2.4%, which is below the 3% rate recorded in 2017. (28/11/2018)
Punjabi:"Increase in hate incidents and federal government's access"
An editorial in Toronto's Canadian Punjabi Post writes:
"Recent statistics show that most reported hate crimes have been against Jews (18 percent), Muslims (17 percent), and Blacks (16 percent). A very surprising trend in recent years involves hate crimes targeting two Catholic groups along with other groups. Although there are no concrete statistics, White people are made responsible for targeting minority groups, but who targets the Catholic groups? Are they being targeted by minorities? The federal government is spending $23 million on an anti-racism strategy and holding roundtable meetings led by Heritage Minister Pablo Rodríguez. However, it is still not known why these meetings are not being discussed with the media. As well, the government still does not recognize the existence of systemic racism. The phrase "systemic racism" is not even in the Heritage Minister's vocabulary, and according to him, there is no racism in Canada. If this is the case, are the figures issued by the statistics department then incorrect or wrong? Also, is the federal government's $23 million being spent on an anti-racism strategy an extravagant expense? (30/11/2018)
Cantonese: "Hate crimes reached all-time high in 2017, Statistics Canada says"
Vancouver's Cantonese CHMB AM 1320 Cantonese reports: The number of police-reported hate crimes reached an all-time high in 2017, largely driven by incidents targeting Muslim, Jewish and black people, according to Statistics Canada data released Thursday. The federal agency said hate crimes have been steadily climbing since 2014, but shot up by some 47% in 2017, the last year for which data was collected. In total, Canadian police forces reported 2,073 hate crimes – the most since 2009, when data became available. The increases were largely driven by incidents in Ontario and Quebec. (29/11/2018)
Spanish: "Hate crimes on the rise in Canada"
Spanish Radio program CHIN FM 100.7 Spanish reports:
Statistics Canada says that hate crimes reported to the police considerably rose last year, with incidents directed at people of colour, Jews, Muslims, representing the majority of the increase in Canada. (29/11/2018)
Somali: Goat meat is healthier than beef and chicken
Ottawa's daily online Somali source, Hiiraan, published an advertorial higlighting the cultural shifts influencing goat meat's rise in popularity:
You may have been eating goat roti or goat head soup your whole life, but for many, goat is still considered a “new” type of red meat. Goat meat is a staple in many cultures, including North African, Middle Eastern and Caribbean cuisines, said registered dietitian Anar Allidina. “Goat meat is a healthy alternative to beef and chicken because it contains fewer calories, fat, and cholesterol,” she said. In the U.S., the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University found only 0.25 pounds of goat meat was consumed annually per capita last year. A report from 2013 found interest in goat meat in Canada continued to rise (the number of goats on farms had doubled since 1996) as new immigrants came to the country, CBC reported. Besides the taste, there are several reasons why you should consider eating goat, if you have access to it. Three ounces of goat meat have about 122 calories, 0.79 grams of saturated fat and 3.2 milligrams of iron. This is compared to 179 calories, three grams of saturated fat and 2.9 milligrams of iron in beef. “Allidina said: “Goat meat is definitely superior nutritionally.” She added goat meat is very tender and can be prepared over low heat to preserve tenderness and juiciness. The one problem you’ll find with goat meat is accessibility, she said. Because it’s not sold in major grocery chains, you’ll have to venture out to a butcher or grocery store that sells Middle Eastern, Indian or Caribbean foods. (22/11/2018)
Journlaism outlets across the country have been struggling and shuttering at a time when good story telling is vital to successful democracy. Is the Liberal's media-aid initiative the solution? And will local ethnic publishers see a boost too?
Mandarin: Liberal Party was criticized for using funds to bribe Canadian media
Cantonese news broadcast on Fairchild TV Ontario reports:
The Conservative party criticized the Liberal government for spending $600 million to help Canadian media right before the next federal election, without providing other benefits to other industries. The move has been deemed a bribe for the media. The federal government unveiled a $595 million package over five years to help Canada’s media sector, including measures to facilitate fundraising by non-profit news organizations and tax breaks to fund the production of original content. In addition, the government is proposing a temporary 15 per cent tax credit for Canadians on online subscriptions to some media outlets. (22/11/2018)
Cantonese: Ottawa to help struggling media with $600 million in tax measures
Vancouver's Ming Pao Vancouver reports:
Financial Minister Bill Morneau in Wednesday's fall economic statement announced that the federal government is going to help the struggling Canadian media industry with new tax credits and incentives valued at $600 million over the next five years. (22/11/2018)
Tamil: Bolder action needed to reduce child poverty
Toronto's Tamil radio show CMR FM 101.3 Tamil Morning reports: In its report, Campaign 2000, an anti-poverty advocacy group, says 1.4 million children are living in poverty in Canada, 29 years after the House of Commons voted to end child poverty by 2000. The report calls for the federal government to provide more funding to the provinces, territories and Indigenous communities to expand affordable, quality child care. Campaign 2000 acknowledges and appreciates the the introduction of important measures to tackle this problem, including boosting the Canada Child Benefit - a tax-free monthly benefit to help with living and child care costs - two years earlier than planned. But while this benefit does help low-income families, it does not fully address the need for better access to child care as a way to help lift families out of poverty, the national coordinator of the group says. (20/11/2018)
Cantonese: One in five kids in B.C. live in families that struggle to pay bills, rent and living expenses
Cantonese Fairchild TV British Columbia reports from Vancouver reports:
One in five children continue to live in poverty in British Columbia, according to the latest child poverty report card. The report, released by the First Call B.C. Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition on Tuesday, covers statistics from 2016. It found that poverty rates are higher than average among Indigenous children, immigrant children and children in visible minority groups. (20/11/2018)
Somali: "All Toronto Somali-Canadians lost the municipal elections"
VOASomali radio in Washington reports:
Somali-Canadians in Toronto have recently been very successful in politics at both the federal and provincial level. They currently hold one of the most prestigious ministerial portfolios, citizenship and immigration. In the municipal elections, five Somali-Canadians ran for different positions on the city council and school boards. This was a first in history. However, none of the candidates was able to win a seat. The question on everybody’s mind is what the reason is for their failure. The candidates themselves gave their opinions on what happened. Deka Mohamed Barre, who ran for city council in Yorkville West, told VOA “we used to have 47 council seats in Toronto, and now that has been reduced to 25 council seats by Doug Ford and his PC party. And because of the judicial dispute among the political parties at Queen’s Park, the time for campaigning was reduced to only two months instead of ten months”. She claimed that there was a lot of corruption in this election. Deka is optimistic about her political future because she learned a lot of things from this election. Mohamed Ali is a candidate who ran for the Toronto District School Board, which is the third largest board in North America. He mentioned that there were some hidden political deals among none-Somalis, where they were supporting each other to get elected. Ali told VOA that many Somali community members who are eligible to vote did not come out to cast their ballots. He admitted that some candidates were inexperienced, unprepared or new to Canadian politics. Ali said, “I know in an election you should be ready to win or lose, and loosing is part of the game. Now I am more prepared to run for the next election.” In BC, Sharmarke Dubow, a Somali-Canadian, won a seat on the city council of Victoria. He competed against 29 candidates in a city with a small Somali population. “It was a very tough competition and the chance of victory was remote, but in the end, I was elected,” said Sharmarke. (30/10/2018)
Haitian: Mobilisation contre le racisme...derrière des portes closes
Haitian radio station CPAM 1410 AM - Reveil Matin in Montreal reports:
On apprenait la semaine dernière que c’est au tour d’Ottawa de lancer des consultations sur le racisme. Or voilà, la part du lion de cet exercice se déroulera à huis clos. D’ailleurs, c’est presque en catimini que le ministre du Patrimoine Pablo Rodriguez a lancé sa « mobilisation contre le racisme » sur le site de son ministère. Pourquoi donc a-t-on si peur de parler du racisme et de la discrimination au pays ? Nous avons beau nous réconforter collectivement de vivre dans une société tolérante et inclusive. Ce n’est pas une raison pour s’imaginer que tout va pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes. Au bureau du ministre Rodriguez, on défend le choix de tenir ces consultations à huis clos. On explique que l’on veut avant tout s’assurer que les organismes et intervenants qui viendront témoigner se sentiront à l’aise de parler librement. On comprend surtout qu’Ottawa a tiré des leçons des dérapages passés. Rappelez-vous la tentative avortée du gouvernement Couillard de s’aventurer sur ce terrain l’an dernier. Jean-François Lisée était allé jusqu’à accuser le gouvernement de vouloir « faire le procès des Québécois », alors que la CAQ craignait que ça ne se transforme en « dîner de cons ». Surtout qui a oublié la famille Pineault-Caron lors des audiences sur la Charte des valeurs ? Ou encore les dénonciations virulentes sous le couvert de la liberté d’expression lors du débat sur l’islamophobie à Ottawa? Les groupes identitaires de droites en étaient rendus à organiser des manifestations dans les rues. (05/11/2018)
Caribbean source from Toronto G 98.7 FM Mark & Jem in the Morning reports:
The Trudeau government is poised to give federally-regulated workers more paid personal leave days just as the Ford government is taking away two paid sick days and a minimum wage hike. The host said he can't believe what some people are expected to live off. Some workers in Ontario may be getting the sick days back, and equal pay rules, as Ottawa is weighing in on the debate. A Trudeau government bill was tabled that will force federally-regulated businesses like banking, shipping and telecommunications to give all their workers paid sick and leave days and to give their workers equal pay for equal work. The labour minister took aim at Doug Ford, saying: "I can't speak for Doug Ford's motivations, other than to say that an attack on workers is an attack on the Canadian economy... when everybody has a fair chance to succeed, ... it's good for our entire country." (01/11/2018)
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Somali: The care of rheumatoid arthritis in Somali patients may be subject to implicit bias
Somali source Hiiraan from Ottawa reports:
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect people of all ethnicities. There are no published studies that attempt to identify disease-specific characteristics of Somali immigrants. In this paper, Paul Waytz, MD, Andrew Forsberg, BA, and Abdi Mohamed, MBA, attempt to better categorize various aspects of rheumatoid arthritis int the Somali population. A database of 40 Somali patients with rheumatoid arthritis was compiled. Several cultural differences and other potential barriers emerged, including the possibility of implicit bias. Minnesota is home to the largest Somali population in the world outside of Somalia or refugee camps, with a population now approaching 40,000 residents by conservative estimates. The majority live in the Twin Cities. The current Minnesota population also reflects a substantial number of second-generation Somalis. During this review, it quickly became apparent that socio-cultural factors played an important role in the evaluation and management process, a role that might well be associated with implicit bias. The study demonstrates that the population of Somalis with RA is 98% female, distinctly different from the standard reported percentages of nearly 3:1, female to male. Furthermore, implicit bias may be just as unacceptable and harm just as much if not more than explicit bias. One of the authors suggests that one might also wonder if underlying reasons like financial issues, image, self-esteem, or the social expression of masculinity associated with the stress and mental health status of immigrants contributes to the observed disparity. Physician education and self-reflection are essential to solving serious problems with healthcare delivery. (16/10/2018).
As election results became known last weekend, media outlets across the province reported onthe news.
MIREMS highlights three stories that share unique reactions that are common among Chinese print, online, TV and radio sources reacting to the election results.
While some sources focused on praising the winners, some criticized their community's voters and others raised the point that voting within your community can weaken democracy.
What can Chinese people learn from the municipal elections this time?
Chinese Source Van People reports: Ontario municipal elections were held on October 22. A total of 17 Chinese candidates have been successfully elected. The number of Chinese candidates has set a new record high when it comes to political participation (of Chinese people) in recent years. There's no doubt that the increase in election enthusiasm and candidate numbers are good - it shows that new and old immigrants are starting to pay attention to public events, local politics and taxation policies. The Chinese community's enthusiasm in political elections is worthy of recognition. In the past, the Chinese community was indifferent. However, the chaos and farce within the Chinese community are concerning. From the removal of (campaign) signs, to bribery, to scams and rumours circulating in WeChat groups, the Chinese community still has a long way to go if it wants to form a more mature political ecosystem. (23/10/2018).
Vancouver election: It's narrow minded for Chinese people to blindly vote for Chinese people
Chinese Readers in Vancouver reports: Chinese voters often look at who is against building affordable housing for the homeless, who is against sex ed courses in school, who is against cannabis legalization, and vote for those people. (They) don't understand the various aspects that have to do with the development of the Metro Vancouver region, and happily take $20 to vote for someone. How many of them actually vote with multiculturalism and multi-ethnic friendship in mind, and vote for someone who is truly capable? After the election, we need to cool down. We need to understand Vancouver and integrate into the Canadian society. The election process is also a learning process - we can make a comeback in four years, with a new way of thinking. (23/10/2018)
2018 Vancouver municipal election results are finally out!
Van People reports: The author felt disappointed. Ken Sim failed to become the first Chinese mayor in the history of Vancouver! If Sim had been elected, the author thinks he would have made some positive changes to Vancouver's real estate situation! Many Chinese people feel sorry that he lost. There were many Chinese candidates this year, but they received few votes. Isn't it time for Chinese voters to reflect? (21/10/2018)
South Asian English: Canada consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors
A South Asian English daily source from Mississauga, The Pavarsi Daily, reports: The federal government is consulting experts and community leaders ahead of a new national anti-racism strategy, but in a series of secretive meetings to avoid them turning into public shouting matches. Four meetings have already been held — all in southern Ontario — and another 19 are to take place nationwide before the end of the year. However, the government is not publicizing who attended, who will be at future meetings or even where those meetings are taking place. Participation is by invitation only. There are still Canadian communities where people face systemic racism, oppression and discrimination, Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez said. The minister has not, however, directly explained why he told The Globe and Mail newspaper earlier this week that systemic racism was not “part of his vocabulary” and that Canada was not in fact a racist society. New Democrat MP Jenny Kwan asked Rodriguez this week multiple times in the House of Commons to explain and apologize for his comment, to which Rodriguez only said racism does exist in Canada. Last February, an anti-racism town hall hosted in Toronto by several Liberal MPs and members of the Ontario legislature ended up with a call to police. It was derailed by a number of people Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith says were white supremacists bent on shouting down speakers demanding a definition of Islamophobia. (20/10/2018)
BC's municipal elections are on Saturday and Ethnic media have been incredibly vocal during this election campaign. Our Diversity Empowers Cities Newsletter has been featuring coverage for the past two months.
We bring you a snapshot of today's newsletter in anticipation of election day.
Chinese: Must read: advance voting begins in some Metro Vancouver municipalities
Online Chinese source Van People reports: Advance voting begins in Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey! Voting is not only an opportunity for Chinese people to exercise their civic rights and responsibilities, but also a good opportunity for us to vote for a political figure who can represent the Chinese people, and be our voice in the Canadian society. A total of 158 candidates are running for 27 positions in Vancouver this year, which is considered the most complex election. Readers are reminded that the names of these candidates will be listed in random order, not alphabetical order on the ballot.(06/10/2018).
Korean: 'White-dominant' in Metro Vancouver politics
Commentary in Vancouver's Korean Vancouver Chosun Ilbo says: Although almost half of the population of Metro Vancouver consists of visible minorities, it turns out the portion of minorities in politics is less than 10 per cent. In particular, there is not a single minority MLA in six Metro Vancouver cities, including Coquitlam, where many Koreans reside. This is mainly due to the election system in British Columbia municipalities, which does not provide a specific ward where immigrants are dominant and would like to elect a candidate representing them. (12/10/2018)
Spanish: Municipal elections and mental illnesses
A column in monthly Los Hispanos Vanguardia says: We are living in apocalyptic times and our youths are developing new mental illnesses and anxieties due to their worries about the future. It's unknown how long the Earth will last in its current state. At the municipal level, electoral campaigns are in full swing. In addition to being concerned about climate change, voters are anxious due to the high cost of housing. Beyond worrying about natural disasters, millenials have to worry about high living costs and never-ending debts. Kennedy Stewart is leading the polls and is the favourite to win. The candidate who wins on Oct. 20 will have to deal with poverty, housing and drug problems, and money laundering. (17/10/2018).
Jewish: Mayor debate all over the map
The Jewish Independent reports: The refracted nature of Vancouver’s civic politics was on full display at a candidates' meeting featuring six of the perceived front-running candidates for mayor. The near-implosion of the governing Vision Vancouver party, combined with divisions among erstwhile Non-Partisan Association members, has led to a race with both the left and right sides of the political spectrum divided and struggling to gain traction in a campaign with 21 contenders. The afternoon event on September 23 was co-sponsored by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and the multicultural organization SUCCESS, which is rooted in the Chinese-Canadian community. Housing affordability topped the list of issues. Kennedy Stewart, a former NDP MP, said his plan to attack unaffordability calls for building 85,000 new homes over the next 10 years. Ken Sim, an entrepreneur who is candidate for the centre-right Non-Partisan Association, responded by claiming that the construction industry does not have the capacity to meet Stewart’s construction schedule. Wai Young, a former Conservative MP running with Coalition Vancouver, said there is no housing supply issue. Independent candidate Shawna Sylvester said she would create a 3% vacancy rate by supporting more co-ops, cohousing and what she called “gentle densification.” (12/10/2018)
After a hundred years of prohibition, cannabis joins the ranks of things in Canada that are no longer illegal. (Alongside Margarine, women’s right to vote, alcohol and business on Sundays.)
News outlets across the country have been pouring coverage efforts into the pot-stock munchies. There are new publications and new staff reporter positions, think pieces and blog posts galore—and Canada’s ethnic media has joined the conversation.
This special story collection highlights some stories about legalization day now that it's finally arrived. From different multicultural and multilingual communities across the country. From Cantonese to Tamil; editorials and commentary the ethnic media weighs in. Safety and uncertainty are the chief concerns.
A story from Toronto's Spanish source Diario El Popular
Cantonese: "Quebec's higher minimum age for cannabis could help organized crime: Trudeau"
Cantonese Fairchild TV Ontario reports: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the incoming Quebec government's plan to raise the legal age for smoking cannabis to 21 could leave an opening for organized crime. Speaking to reporters on the last day of a trip to Armenia, Trudeau said increasing the legal age could undermine one of the federal law's key aims - eliminating the black market. (13/10/2018)
Chinese: "Marijuana legalization, good or bad?"
Toronto's Chinese Canadian Times reports: In this article, the author discusses the upcoming marijuana legalization date and its impact on the Chinese community. Liberal MP Shaun Chen talked about marijuana legalization and his experience with marijuana use at schools at Export Minister Mary Ng's press conference with the Chinese media. Chen said that marijuana legalization will effectively destroy the black market and control the access to marijuana. Roy Hu, candidate for TDSB Trustee for Ward 21 Scarborough North, also remarked at a press conference on October 9 that he opposes marijuana use, but he does not oppose marijuana legalization. Hu said that the best way to protect marijuana users is through governmental regulations, and the best way to help people to stay away from marijuana is through education about the negative impacts of marijuana use. At the end, the author says that the Liberal government proposed marijuana legalization in 2015 to win over votes from marijuana users, and some of the municipal candidates are proposing to get marijuana out of schools and communities to woo voters for the upcoming municipal elections, especially in cities like Markham and Richmond Hill, where the Chinese population is high. The author says that the marijuana bill will need to be improved over time with its implementation, and she is hoping that it is going to be done not only for the sake of votes. (12/10/2018)
Filipino: "Liberals eyed rules for cannabis use by workers, drug testing, documents show"
National source the Philippine Canadian Inquirer reports: Federal officials have quietly probed possible new workplace rules for employees who show up to work high after cannabis is legalized next week, newly released documents show. The documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the access-to-information law show Labour Minister Patty Hajdu was given options to deal with cannabis impairment in the workplace in early June as officials ironed out the details of any new policy. Federal departments were wrestling at the time with their own response to workers who may smoke or vape pot, but were also quietly told Hajdu was considering changes to the Canada Labour Code – including whether and how to allow for mandatory drug testing for employees. That work is ongoing: Employment and Social Development Canada says federal departments and agencies are still swapping information with each other, along with provinces and territories “to better understand the potential impacts of cannabis legalization and regulation on workplace health.” “Federally regulated employers do not tolerate impairment on the job – that does not change on October 17th,” Hajdu said in a statement. (11/10/2018)
Italian: "Cannabis Day Cometh"
Toronto's weekly Italian print newspaper Lo Specchio reports: October 17, a day when Canada goes Uruguayan, will be the first day for legal marijuana. How the whole thing will be managed remains an open and thorny question. Customers will have to be 19 or over. The panoply of cannabis-based products in the legalization includes the drug itself (fresh or dry), oil, plants and seeds from an authorized retailer. The federal tax will be $1 per gram or 10%, with Ottawa keeping 25% and turning the rest over to the provinces. In Ontario, the government has opted for a public-private venture. Cannabis for recreational use will be available for sale legally online by the government-run agency, and delivery is by post. By April 19, 2019, private marijuana shops will be able to sell but will require municipal authorization. While a marijuana overdose should not be lethal per se, a 2012 study by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction found that driving under the influence was responsible for 75 deaths and 7,794 victims of collisions and property damage, with an estimated cost of about $1 billion. (12/10/2018)
Korean: "Whereabouts of Alberta’s cannabis warehouse will be secret"
Calgary's weekly Korean source CNDreams reports: Alberta is starting to stockpile marijuana but is not saying where it is being kept. Finance Minister Joe Ceci said cannabis shipments have begun but for security reasons, the province will not be revealing the location. Ceci also said he is pleased with the progress preparing for the October 17 legalization date and that Alberta is ahead of other provinces on it. (28/09/2018)
Polish: "Attorney General for Ontario announces an information campaign on cannabis laws"
CHIN FM 100.7 Polish radio reports: In connection with the legalization of marijuana on October 17th, Attorney General for Ontario Caroline Mulroney announced a campaign that will inform Canadians of the laws that will apply to smoking cannabis. The chief of the Toronto police Mark Saunders stressed that the legalization of marijuana does not mean that everyone will be able to use the drug without consequences - for example, police officers will not be able to use cannabis within 28 days before reporting for duty. So far, authorities from other regions of Ontario have not released their version of changes to the regulations. (14/10/2018)
Portuguese: "Doug Ford does not want to allow cannabis use close to children"
A weekly Portuguese newspaper Sol Portugues reports: It appears Premier Doug Ford doesn't approve of his own government's new rules that would allow people to smoke cannabis in public parks. With marijuana set to become legal on Oct.17, Ford is vowing Friday to have his finance minister and attorney general take another look at legislation unveiled two days ago that allows cannabis use wherever people can currently smoke cigarettes. Ford directly contradicted that plan while speaking with reporters, saying: "We won't be allowing [cannabis use] close to parks. That's unacceptable, our priority is to keep children safe." Following the news conference, officials from the premier's office said Ford was only referring to playgrounds. "Premier Ford was clear in his remarks today — under our proposed legislation — individuals will not be permitted to smoke cannabis in playgrounds around children," Simon Jefferies, a spokesperson for Ford, wrote in an email to CBC Toronto. (05/10/2018)
Punjabi: "Marijuana legalization and its danger"
Weekday Punjabi radio show Gaunda Punjab CIRV FM 88.9 reports: Starting October 17, 2018, Canadians will be able to legally use recreational marijuana. They will also be able to grow four marijuana plants per household. Journalist Balraj Deol criticized the coming law and expressed his concerns over it. He said though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is claiming that law will make children more safe, how can he assure that children will not consume marijuana grown in their backyards. And how are police going to make sure that each household is growing just four plants and not more than that, Deol said. The law can also increase illegal growing of marijuana plants, he said and added legalizing marijuana is a very dangerous law. (03/10/2018)
Russian: "The legalization of cannabis in Canada"
Russian Chin FM 91.9 in Toronto reports: The radio host discussed the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes on October 17. It will allow Canada to become the second country after Uruguay to take this step. The total sales of marijuana in Canada, including medical, illegal and legal recreational, should increase sales revenue in 2019 to $7.17 billion. The Ontario government has announced that it will control online sales of recreational cannabis after its legalization on October 17, and private retail stores should appear by April next year. Bruce Chapman, president of the Police Association of Ontario, said in an interview that police are concerned about the upcoming legalization. According to him, this concern is caused by the experience of US police, including in Colorado and Washington, where the use of drugs was legalized and the number of fatal accidents caused by drivers with drugs in their blood increased. The federal government also reported that $4.1 million will be spent on three cannabis information campaigns prepared for Toronto youth. The report on federal funding came the day after the Ontario government announced that an advertising campaign would be launched to raise social responsibility and highlight the danger of recreational cannabis. (14/10/2018)
Spanish: "Close to two million people have driven under the influence of marijuana"
Toronto's weekly Diario El Popular reports: An investigation published by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) has found that 1.9 million Ontario drivers have driven under the influence of marijuana. More than 735,000 of them have done so in the last three months. The fact that those who drive under the influence of cannabis are young novice drivers with less experience on the road is something that should concern us all, according to CAA spokesperson Elliott Silverstein. (05/10/2018).
Tamil: "Ontario's cannabis education campaign: 'Just because it's legal it doesn't mean it's safe'"
Daily Tamil radio show East GM 102.7 reports: The Ontario government has launched a campaign to educate Ontarians about important information about the drug, including potential health effects, and where and when it can legally be purchased and used. “We can’t just legislate, we have to educate,” Ontario Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said during an interview. To that end, the government has launched an advertising campaign, looking to “educate and communicate” important facts about marijuana use in the province. She says that the government has been working with several ministries to ensure that the awareness campaign hits several key points to ensure safety on the roads and in communities. (15/10/2018)