By Raju Mudhar Staff Reporter Tues., Oct. 16, 2018 As Canada prepares to go up in smoke, it’s only fitting that Tommy Chong is getting in on the action. The Edmonton-born actor, comedian and activist has been synonymous with pot culture since the early ’70s, when he rose to fame as half of Cheech & Chong, the legendary marijuana-themed comedy duo with Cheech Marin, who had a string of hit and Grammy Award-winning comedy albums and films. Since then he’s had a long career acting, appearing on That ’70s Show and even Dancing with the Stars. But he is a legitimate pot icon, who has mixed activism and entrepreneurship throughout his 50-plus-year career. It even landed him in jail at one point. Despite the fact that he’s supposed to appear in Kelowna, B.C., for legalization day — “O, cannabis...” he sings to tune of our national anthem — the man who made the line “Dave’s not here, man” … [Read more...] about Tommy Chong is trying to get to Canada, but can’t find his passport
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By Heather Mallick Star Columnist Fri., Sept. 7, 2018 Norms are social rules so basic that we don’t even know what they are until we see them violated. They make the ice on which we skate more or less gracefully. But these informal understandings are now being shattered so thick and fast that they may never be repaired. I think of craquelure, an art term for a dense pattern of cracks. It’s done intentionally for a crackle glaze in ceramics, but in oil and tempera paintings it is caused by the passage of time and poor storage as various layers shrink and canvas fibres weaken. Forgers love craquelure; it makes a new painting look battered. I am wondering if the deliberate breakage of U.S. norms will cause a crackle glaze in American culture, making it unfixable. Breakaway Conservative Maxime Bernier is trying this in Canada by objecting to a certain class of immigrant. Will our social rules break apart? The most basic norm is that one never mocks … [Read more...] about As social norms weaken in America, can Canada maintain its civility?
By Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau Fri., Aug. 3, 2018 OTTAWA—Canadians are concerned about Ottawa’s handling of asylum seekers, voicing scepticism about why so many are crossing into Canada and demanding tougher measures to curb the arrivals, a new survey shows. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet ministers have staunchly defended Canada’s responsibility to accept the thousands of refugees crossing from the United States and process their claims through official channels. But the poll results — released Friday by the Angus Reid Institute — make clear the rising political stakes on the issue, revealing that Canadians are questioning the federal government’s ability to manage the situation. “There’s definitely potential trouble here for the Liberals,” said Shachi Kurl, executive director of the institute. While the number of border crossers dropped in May and June, “numbers do not … [Read more...] about Canadians wary of Ottawa’s handling of asylum seekers, new poll shows
source Justin Sullivan/Getty Images President Donald Trump embarked on a lengthy tweetstorm Sunday morning. He touched on everything from border security, his perceived popularity, the “fake news” media, a meeting with the publisher of The New York Times, and Michael Cohen. President Donald Trump spent Sunday morning tweeting about a hodgepodge of issues that were in the news this week. Trump blasted out ten tweets between 7:30 a.m. ET and about 9:15 a.m. ET, which touched on a series of issues from border security to the unemployment rates to recent revelations about his longtime former lawyer, Michael Cohen. Border control The president started by touting a quote from Tom Homan, the former director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Homan told Fox News earlier this month that he knew of “nobody that had done more for border security and public safety than President Trump,” despite having worked for six presidents. Trump … [Read more...] about Trump rants about Michael Cohen, the ‘fake news,’ and border security in wayward Sunday morning tweetstorm
TORONTO — For the first time in decades, one of the world's most durable and amicable alliances faces serious strain as Canadians — widely seen as some of the nicest, politest people on Earth — absorb Donald Trump's insults against their prime minister and attacks on their country's trade policies. Some Canadians are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to seek peace with the U.S. president. Many others want him to hang tough even as Trump seeks to make political hay with his anti-Canada rhetoric. But there's broad agreement with this assessment by The Globe and Mail, a leading Canadian newspaper: "Relations between two of the world's closest allies are now at a perilous low." The spark for the confrontation: Not only did Trump suggest new tariffs against Canada are justified on grounds of national security, but he and top aides assailed Trudeau as a "weak" and dishonest" back-stabber who deserves a place in hell. For Canadians — who don't totally reject their … [Read more...] about Canada-US relations at a low after Trudeau-Trump trade tiff