The war on drugs is rooted in racist policies, and it’s failure has been as obvious as Prohibition.
During the 2015 election, the NDP talked about decriminalizing cannabis, but the Liberals said that wasn’t good enough; they would take a step further and legalize it.
Sadly voters again gave too much First Past The Post power to one of the same old parties promising “real change”. For real change, you have to vote smart– and different. The Green Party has better policy:
4.9 Ending the war on drugs
Between 2008 and 2011, according to the Department of Justice, Canada spent $311 million targeting illicit drugs, with a majority of that money going to law enforcement. Most of that was for the ‘war’ against cannabis (marijuana). Marijuana prohibition is also prohibitively costly in other ways, including criminalizing youth and fostering organized crime. Cannabis prohibition, which has gone on for decades, has utterly failed and has not led to reduced drug use in Canada.After analyzing the recommendation of the Canadian Senate’s 2002 Special Committee on Drugs and the examples of strategies used by some European countries, the Green Party of Canada has come to the conclusion that it is time to legalize the adult use of marijuana. Furthermore, the Greens believe that drug addictions should be treated as a health problem, not as criminal offences.
Green Party MPs will:
Legalize marijuana by removing marijuana from the drug schedule;
Create a regulatory framework for the safe production of marijuana by small, independent growers;
Develop a taxation rate for marijuana similar to that of tobacco;
Establish the sale of marijuana to adults for medicinal or personal use through licensed distribution outlets;
Educate the public about the health threats of marijuana, tobacco, and other drug use;
Launch a public consultation on the decriminalization of illicit drugs, considering the current high costs of the law enforcement effort;
Provide increased funding to safe injection sites, treatment facilities, and addict rehabilitation.
On September 8 of this year, Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario, made the following comment regarding the proposed regulations for marijuana sales:
“This looks like another Liberal plan to say a lot and do very little, supporting big corporations and political insiders over local small businesses.
Having limited retail outlets across Ontario for legal marijuana will do virtually nothing to combat the huge illegal market.
The Green Party does not support the monopolization of marijuana. The marijuana industry should be like the craft brewery industry – helping build local businesses, creating local jobs and contributing tax dollars to local communities across the province.
The GPO supports strict regulations and controls for marijuana sales. The government can license retails outlets with strict rules focused on safety and health for small businesses.
This announcement at this time is a cynical ploy by the Liberals to divert attention from their ongoing legal scandals.”
Did you know all the Members of Ontario’s Provincial Parliament get the day off work to visit the International Plowing Match? The event is traditionally attended by leaders of all 4 of the top Ontario parties. It can also be an excellent opportunity to ask questions of Mike (or any of the other party leaders).
Every year the IPM is kicked off by a parade through the IPM grounds, and so the Green Party of Ontario attends and proudly shows its colours! Bob and I went out last year and had a great time, and we hope to again this year, and you’re invited too!
Every year the GPO produces a calendar created from member photos of Ontario as a fundraiser. The images chosen are selected through a contest. I only found out about it at the last minute, and this is my entry. (Next year I’ll let you know earlier, so you can enter too!)
I found these wild strawberries blossoming just off Elmira’s Ring Trail in the spring. Since these blossoms (and the berries that will follow) are so tiny, I had to set my camera to Super Macro, and while I was making my adjustments this little ladybug climbed on and posed for me.
Now that all the entries are in, you can vote for the photos you like best, and maybe the images you choose will be featured in the calendar to celebrate the beauty of our home province.
Vote now and rate as many photos as you like. The 12 top-rated photos will be featured in next year’s calendar.
You vote by rating a photo out of 5 stars.
You can vote on any number of photos – from one to all!
No registration required.
Voting is open online from today until midnight September 30
Voting is restricted to one vote per photo per IP address.
Voting ends on September 30, so don’t delay…vote today!
Contest winners will receive a free copy of the calendar. If you want to vote for mine (hint, hint), you can go straight to the picture and vote, and while you’re there I encourage you to check out the other entries.
If any other Kitchener-Conestoga residents have entered, please share the link to your photo(s) in the comments below to give other #KitCon Greens a chance to vote for your work. Whether or not mine is chosen, I’ll let you know how the contest comes out, and how you can order your calendar(s) so you can share them with family & friends.
Whether you’re an official Green Party of Ontario member, a GPO supporter, or even if you’re just a thinker green thoughts, you’re invited to Riverside Park in Guelph for a (Green) Party In The Park.
Anyone is welcome, even if you’re just curious to learn more about the upstart Party that convinced the Government of Ontario to bump up the rates (from $3.71 per million litres to $53.71 per million litres) commercial watertakers like Nestlé pay for our municipal water. That’s still too little — it’s still only about a third of what we pay, but it’s a pretty impressive achievement for a party without a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. If Ontario wants better, we’ll need to start actually voting Green.
If you want to print out a couple of posters to put up in your neighborhood, you can download them from Flickr here
The official reason for the party is a Guelph Green Party of Ontario nomination meeting which will launch Mike Schreiner‘s bid to become the first Green Party member in Queen’s Park!
Come on out and meet Mike! Join the free fun with an RSVP:
There’s always lots to see and do at Open Streets Uptown Waterloo. Unfortunately what limited bus service there is for those of us in the underserviced rural parts of Kitchener—Conestoga, since it’s Sunday there are no buses running.
Look For the Waterloo Greens booth at the Open Streets Marketplace in Waterloo Public Square!
Drop by the WRGreens Booth chat about green issues, find out more about the local green goings on, or just to say “hi.”