NDP MP Don Davies’ Claim On Legal Pot, U.S.-Canada Border

NDP MP Don Davies scrums with media in Ottawa on Sept. 22, 2016.

OTTAWA — (If the Trudeau government doesn’t take action now), “you’re going to see hundreds of thousands of Canadians denied entry to the United States because they admitted to using cannabis.”

“If there’s not some sort of change or agreement made between the two countries, then absolutely there are going to be significant problems on July 2.”

— NDP health critic Don Davies, National Post, Sept. 14, 2017.

Although a number of U.S. states have legalized recreational marijuana, pot remains illegal under federal law, which applies at the border. As a result, Canadians have been turned away by U.S. border officials — sometimes for simply admitting they’ve used it.

Canada is moving to legalize recreational pot use by July 1. The NDP wants the Liberal government to reach an agreement with the U.S. that would ensure free travel over the border following legalization. Don Davies, the NDP’s health critic, fears that in the absence of such an agreement, there will be major problems next July and hundreds of thousands of Canadians will be turned away at the border.

Is he right?

Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).

This one earns a rating of “some baloney.” The assertion is partly accurate but important details are missing. Here’s why.


Many U.S. states allow medical or recreational use of marijuana. However, cultivation, possession and distribution of the drug remain illegal under the Controlled Substances Act.

The border falls under federal jurisdiction, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers can deny Canadians and other non-citizens entry on a number of marijuana-related grounds.

‘Small percentage’ of people are questioned: lawyer

Those include a pot conviction in the United States or abroad, or even an admission of use without …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada

Video: Utah hunter has ‘heart-racing’ scare with a wild bull moose

Phillip Rumpf had what he called a “heart-racing” experience while hunting this week.

While out “blind hunting” in Emigration Canyon (hunting from a blind tent), Rumpf spotted a bull moose. The moose slowly approached Rumpf, going as far as to sniff and stick its nose into Rumpf’s tent blind.

“I had the privilege of meeting this bull moose close up,” he wrote on YouTube. “Heart-racing to say the least, having a 1,000 pound wild animal 10 inches away.”

Rumpf said he was sitting in the blind — which he had set up over an elk watering hole — when he heard clicks and branches snapping. He noticed the bull walking up the ridge.

The bull walked slowly down the meadow, appearing from the forest.

“I got really excited. I love seeing all kinds of wildlife, and it is fascinating to watch them mind their own business,” he said in an email to the Deseret News. “I have seen moose and deer on many occasions. When he was feeding and looking for cows. … I just was really excited.”

But then moose turned toward him, and that “got my heart racing,” Rumpf said.

The moose came right up to Rumpf’s blind and began to sniff around.

“All I could think is ‘don’t move, don’t move,’” Rumpf said. “My heart was pounding and I had a hard time (staying) calm. I am sure I will have many more moose encounters, but nothing this close and nothing that will scare me like this. The thought ran through my mind that if he sees me, he might go crazy and I could get really hurt.”

Philip Rumpf’s wireless trail camera from the spot where he saw the bull moose. This time, he says, a cougar shows up on the bottom right. | Courtesy Philip Rumpf

Rumpf said he …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

Dosanko serves up food from a homestyle Japanese kitchen


566 Powell Street | 604-251-2020

Open: Lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday; dosankorestaurant.ca

Rounding the corner into autumn brings on a neediness. For exactly what, I don’t know but I do know there’s comfort in communing with nature for a sense of relief. But for a warm hug, there’s nothing like tried and true home-cooking.

That’s what you’ll find, Vancouver style, at Dosanko. West Coasters have adopted sushi as the mascot food so maybe we’ll find an affinity for everyday Japanese food, too (sushi isn’t every day in Japan).

Dosanko’s food comes from an actual home — Akiyo and Nathan Lowey’s. It’s the food that Japanese-born Akiyo cooked for their two kids when she was a full-time mom. Then she went to work front-of-house at Tojo’s Japanese restaurant and Nathan took over house-hubby duties after years as cook, sous chef and chef at Robert Belcham’s Refuel (gone), Campagnolo, and Campagnolo Roma.

“When I started taking care of the kids two years ago, I started making what Akiyo cooked for the kids and posting the dishes online,” says Nathan. “People started asking ‘What is it?’ and ‘Where can I get it?’.” Aha, a niche market was born.

“It definitely translates to the western palate,” he says. “When Akiyo made it for me, I told her it tasted like food made by a Japanese grandmother I never had. It was so familiar but different because of the unique sauces.”

A lot of Asian customers of various backgrounds might be looking for their long-lost grandma at this out-of-the way spot. It’s getting to be more of a foodie thoroughfare, with St. Lawrence (oh-my-god-delicious food), Mackenzie Room and Cuchillo already in the ‘hood. Fat Dragon, another of Belcham’s restaurants and one I quite liked, closed some years ago, thanks in part to the closure of the Powell …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

Daily Poll: Thoughts on Dianne Watts as a possible BC Liberal leader?

Conservative MP Dianne Watts is expected to announce she’ll be joining the B.C. Liberal leadership race on Sunday.

Watts, who served as the mayor of Surrey from 2005 to 2014, was federally elected in South Surrey-White Rock following her departure from municipal politics. This week, she invited media and supporters to attend an event Sunday afternoon, when many have suspected she’ll announce her candidacy.

Dianne Watts set to join B.C. Liberal leadership race

The deadline to enter the race is Dec. 29 but Monday is the deadline for interested candidates to pay the $10,000 entry fee and be eligible to attend the first leadership forum, set for the end of the month.

In a survey last month by Insights West, Watts had the highest favourability rating of prospective leadership candidates at 39 per cent, followed by former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan at 30 per cent and Mike de Jong at 28 per cent.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun