Canada, Inc. – Part 10: Abolish the Federales

A revised election system is necessary. I dunno exactly what that looks like.

It may be as radical as looking like having our provincial ministers represent us federally as well, abolishing the whole three tiered system developed during a time when boat was the sole method of trans-Atlantic travel.

A time when federal ministers travelled by horse, train, or ship to represent us halfway across a continent.

Technology and travel advancements since then make a lot of neat stuff possible.

The excessive separation between us and them only serves to allow the least-oppressive power structure that the West has refined in the past few thousand years to keep us running at the status quo; ensuring job security for the ‘old guard’ during a time when drastic change is needed in a lot of areas.

Each party has at least one good policy (on paper); so in the interest of representing everyone by this system we have – very little progress is made in a timely manner.

In a nutshell… We have to find a way out of this political paradigm in which literally every political body can take long periods of time between official statements about issues like Northern Pulp or the SNC thing; and the comments pass the buck to someone else. Then that entity can take long periods of time to craft a statement that then passes the hot potato.

Yet nobody sets it down, lets it cool off, and checks how much longer we need to leave the potato in the fire before everyone agrees it is a fucking potato.

Canada needs a touch more transparency and a few more public jailings of CEOs and politicians… You know, for the ratings. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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It works: 36 Bankers, 96 Years In Jail

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Canada, Inc. Part 8 – Education

The educational paradigm we are using does not align with contemporary reality of the world we live in. Both funding and pedagogical philosophy should be revised entirely.

There are several important items to cover in relation to how education must be re-shaped in order for us to function as a cohesive society.
Free Post Secondary Education

Implement free post secondary education across the board. Individuals can attend any Canadian university that their aptitude will allow them to get into. If we remove the cost factor around education; these young fertile minds may just happen to solve every fucking problem our world faces right now.
Nutrition and Life Experience

Incorporating gardening and more field trips into every child’s experience. We have thirty-seven million people in Canada. Double the child-tax benefit to ensure proper nutrition. Every home could perhaps also be given a subsidy or a kit with solar panels and hydroponic equipment so that every home can produce it’s own food. Incorporate children learning at school about gardens and perhaps having a greenhouse built at every school. Every child should grow into an adult that has the knowledge to be self-sustaining.
Fast-Track Hiring and Qualifying of Teachers

Teaching teachers must be much faster. This could be introduced as a stop-gap solution for the lack of substitute teachers. Unload money into this to pay salaries for lots of more vetted and properly trained adults to craft our young people into the leaders our world needs tomorrow. The types of things that make a good teacher are not only the things you learn in university at thousands of dollars a year. The types of things that make a good teacher are innate. The reality in Canada now is a shortage which has administrators and EAs covering for teachers.

An individual who chooses a career in teaching and is a really good teacher is much like one who chooses a career as a personal support worker. They have inborn personality traits that make them good at their job. Patience. Kindness. A steady hand. Things that cannot be taught.

Therefore, in order to pick out who should be a teacher in a time of a teacher shortage is to seek out those with desirable personality traits and life-experiences and have them shadow 12 teachers over two years. During this time the experienced teachers job is to train the fresh teachers “in-house”. Good old ‘on-the-job-training’

Perhaps EA should be the first step or barrier to entry into a career in teaching. That’s where you start. You can stay and work and specialize as an EA if you desire. Their main qualification is being certified in the core competencies of their job. Any individual having post-secondary graduation in any subject or a personal and professional history that would compliment the next generation should be considered.
Those With Differing Needs

Invest in EA’s and all other supports that students with differing learning styles require so that they receive the same quality of education as their peers who fit more precisely into what the industrial-aged-education-system wants them to be. Everything from assist devices to stand-up desks to funding of specialized schools and inclusiveness training for all people involved in education.

This is absolutely one of the few things I believe every government must invest human and financial capital into with what should amount to a blank check.
End The Education-Industrial-Complex

Isn’t that great? How one can just add the suffix “-industrial-complex” to anything and it’s either complete and utter conspiratorial nonsense OR one gets the picture immediately that we live in a Capitalist dream world within which (some) morally bankrupt educational institutions that were founded on the noble and ancient pursuit of knowledge have been perverted into elitist profit centers that perpetuate the worst parts of society.

The same sentiments stated earlier about elementary and secondary schools extends to post-secondary.

FUND EVERYTHING. Every student. Every mind.

Make the entire thing NOT about money. At all. At every level of government and society.

PART 9

Canada, Inc. Part 7 – Cannabis, the NDP, Election 2019, and Unions

The NDP has a unique opportunity to capitalize on the explosion of the cannabis sector by running on a platform of unionizing the Cannabis industry in Canada. This sector has seen an explosion of very few really huge companies that were primed by the tweaks made under Stephen Harpers administration. A snapshot of the corporate marijuana-monopoly-oligarchy seedlings from that tweak in legislation is the following:

“April 2014, the Medical Marijuana Access Program was replaced by the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (or MMPR) by Health Canada.[4] Under the MMPR, legal medical cannabis production is authorized to licensed producers whom Health Canada maintains a public database of.[40] Patients wishing to fulfill a medical cannabis prescription must register with and order from a licensed producer of their choice. To receive prescription for medical cannabis, a patient must obtain a medical document from a healthcare practitioner and obtain Authorization to Possess from Health Canada.[8] Individuals with an Authorization to Possess valid on March 21, 2014 fall under a grandfather clause and may hold a maximum quantity of dried herbal cannabis as specified by their Authorization to Possess or 150 grams, whichever is less.[41]

During the time period between the slight switch made in legislation during the the final throes of the decade long Conservative reign; they also bottle-necked the process of companies applying for permits to be part of this new structure in which production was aimed to be moved to legal corporate regulated facilities.

For a key time frame in which a significant amount of the seed money from customers was obtained; those few corporations that got in very early or bought companies that did (only around 20-30 with only a few big players) set up a situation in which they are profiting from legislation they helped craft that allowed them to take over an existing market. The rest (hundreds) were stuck in bureaucratic limbo.

These early entrants (Canopy for example) were the best positioned companies to prove themselves at the day of legalization; and they failed miserably! They created an incredibly absurd amount of packaging for something that has always just come in a zip-lock or paper bag. They charged far too much for it before legalization but still half what would be paid “on the street”. For some strains. The ones that helped, for me, anyway. After legalization they disappeared. Some returned; with a tweaked label and a doubled price. For shame!

Those early companies that offered affordable medical cannabis are the same ones that doubled the price on strains purchased for years by the customers that seeded their company with the money they grew to monopolize the legal market. The Liberals left just enough time to say they were “working on it” then legalized it a year before re-election.

That handsome bastard set in stone the corporate background hand-jibbering that goes on in these situations as the usual way of doing business. This whole sector existed for decades. Since prohibition. All legalization did under the Liberals is steal money from local economies and use it to line government coffers and corporate bank accounts.

So. Unionize. Shut down the bloody pulp mills and pipelines and cover our breathtaking country in weed plants. We can literally use every part of the plants we grow in industries that have been held back by decades of absurd prohibition. Anyone notice how Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer hasn’t said anything about messing with the new cannabis laws?

I cannot help but wonder why that is…

Is it perhaps because he spent his thirties in minor (albeit significant) positions of power; using that influence to nudge his dear leader and his cause. The leader that dodged questions as much as any lying world leader; he just did it intelligently and craftily; coldly and without any semblance of feeling or soul. Kinda like this.

Anyway; as stated earlier – Dear Leader Harper set up the situation that has played out into a corporate monopoly. Just like the dominoes that the Conservatives set up in 2014 were meant to tumble gracefully into. Poof.

What do you think is going to happen when the United States legalizes? They did it state-wise first. We did it nationally first; but we really should take care not to underestimate this anticipated economic boom of international legalization. We could perhaps maybe possibly have millions of more bails of premium organic cannabis than we could ever consume in our country ready just in case the green-rush-floodgates on the American market open up the year after our election.

Who do we want capitalizing on our cannabis market; let alone when the floodgates of money start flowing in from international buyers in commonwealth countries?

Prime the situation to benefit the individuals collectively; skilled tradespeople ready to go as soon as this grows. Skilled tradespeople with high paying production jobs as employees with extensive benefits packages and vacation time with a focus on positively contributing to our families and communities through legally enforced work-life balance and great wages by growing massive amounts of amazing pot in as micro or as macro a farm as they wish to build and work.

Then we export it.

Done.

You’re welcome.

The reason we unionize now is so that when that happens; the money doesn’t go into some shell company or into some investors fucking dividends. Fuck that. That money belongs in the same local economies that it has always existed in. If anything; a push should be made to ensure local organic cannabis is available to everyone. We must ensure that our money stays in the hands of our communities. Period.

Spent in our restaurants. Donated to charities. Encouraging entrepreneurship.

Unionize workers; pot shop and dispensary owners; but also people who work for the big corporate giants.

Remove / pardon / erase past convictions for non-violent drug offences.

Run on that platform, Jagmeet.

Doo it.

PART 8

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P.S. – Don’t vote for this Andrew goof. Look at him. He’s so goofy.

Canada, Inc. Part 4 – Brexit and the Commonwealth

Forget NAFTA and the TPP.

An official response to both Brexit and the Fiery Chetosaurus could perhaps be to propose a trade agreement between commonwealth nations that excluded him. Just to set him off. Surely the benefits would be felt by all of us. Having left the European Union, Britain is now legally free to propose or involve itself in a free trade agreement between Commonwealth nations (source).

There aren’t really other ways that it affects us. The Brits made their choice. We live in and die for a “democracy” or at least the idea of one.

Let it play out.

Canada is geographically the largest commonwealth nation. We are the second largest country in the world. Our philosophy and values as a nation are in a prime place to be exemplified by entering into a fair and equitable trade agreement that sets up a cohesive corruption-free institution that spans each of those countries to the ultimate benefit of the citizens of each country; not the corporations that already span them.

REFERENCE: List of Commonwealth Countries

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PART 5

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Canada, Inc. Part 3 – Weed

Minimal regulation other than that needed for quality control. Perhaps a gram per pound sent for pesticide testing or some such thing. It really doesn’t have to be that big of a deal. This economy has regulated itself safely for years. Piss off.

Mom & pop shops. Boutiques. Cafes. Let it just evolve and stop setting up a situation in which an economy that already existed and should have simply been legalized be swiftly over-criminalized (from a Federal Law point of view) into yet another corporate cartel giving hand-jobs to the government bank account.

The way it stands is that a corporate structure was created for a merging-and-acquiring-pot-economy-oligarchy. Y’all (The Guv’Ment) had the years before the election to research it (though there was already sufficient research to support legalization for almost always) and three years to implement it. The Blue fellers (before the last election) slightly tweaked the cannabis laws to allow for a growth in the “medical” market in a way that supported the growth of very few yet very strong early entry companies that grew under the new odd laws that super-primed those institutions for this corporate legalization that came with these corporately-connected Red fellers.

Suddenly, they just buy everything. Invest everywhere.

Merging and acquiring sends money up. Pot shops and micro-local industries that have existed for years (supporting local economies and businesses directly) are being raided because they provide medicine to sick people and good times to not sick people. It’s not a new thing. Stop pretending it is. Stop talking about it on TV. Why the fuck is marijuana all over television? We don’t have a story every third night on the news about alcohol. Why is Cannabis being discussed and pictures of massive dope farms shown on the news in a happy positive light? It’s just dope. Grass. Yerba. Smoky Smoky. It’s not for children though, you dingleberries. Are all of those impressions on children watching the Evening News after supper at family time perhaps just a little bit like advertising? We don’t have news stories on the daily about cigarettes. We do for prescription drugs though. And seemingly weed now that they can draw attention to it on the nightly news so that their companies can make money and their shareholders dividends.

Just stop.

Open market. Anyone can grow what they want and open any store they want. That’s what ye should do ya wacky bastards.

Local Organic Farms. Tourism. Hemp. Cash-Money. Locally. Dope-Hotels. Weed-Resorts. Stoner-Tours. We have this amazing, beautiful country.

It only seems ethical to do this with discreet advertising. Apps, perhaps. Online. Whatever. Places where adults are.

But not on the five o’clock news.

Not for hits and views.

Not on a Bell owned tv-station after supper with my family.

Not at all.

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Canada, Inc. Part 2 – The Military Industrial Complex is Alive and Well

Fact one. Canada was not involved in the American incursion into Vietnam.

Fact two. Canada was involved in the American War in Vietnam.

How can both these statements be true? In the same way that Canadian companies continue to profit off of wars regardless of whether or not we are officially (as a country) a part of that war in a “killing other humans” capacity. A Canadian company supplied a significant amount of the rifle ammunition used in the American Incursion into Iraq.

Look what that quagmire devolved into.

Fuck it, right? Get money; get paid.

Not to mention all the Canadians who voluntarily went to Vietnam and fought alongside their American brethren with 134 killed or missing. Or the OEF/OIF combat veterans who volunteered with the YPG in Kurdistan. That organization (the YPG) later being designated a terrorist organization by the West because they compromise the interests of Turkey and the West needs Turkey’s compliance to maintain some of their power in the region. Thus mass media stops covering the death of Khashoggi or outright mocks it.

So. I mean. We’re not technically involved… but we’re also technically involved. It’s sort of like how Canada is definitely totally not at all involved in the human rights abuses being committed in Yemen with weapons we manufactured and sold to Saudi Arabia… but we kinda technically are super definitely involved by virtue of allowing it to happen.

Kinda sorta murky. Watch out Venezuela! Soon enough they’ll be calling you terrorists and invading you in the name of Freedom. Restoring your democracy. Things of that ilk. God forbid the American Military do a Goddamned thing about the narco-terrorism happening below their border for the past 3 decades.

Maybe that’s secretly what the wall is about?

Who knows.

The world’s funny like that.

Just when you think you’ve figured it out; some dirtier naughtier juicier more disturbing layer is revealed. Perhaps the wall is a preparation for a much larger impending war.

Who knows?

That is certainly one dangerous Cheeto they have down there; but the guy holding the bag is even more dangerous. Just wait.

Former Vice President Richard Cheney was the CEO of Haliburton from 1995-2000 when he left to run for Vice President (source). On September 10, 2001 – Donald Rumsfeld announced on behalf of the Pentagon that they were missing 2.3 Trillion dollars in military spending. The next day, something incredible happened and everybody forgot.

So check this historic farewell address from an exiting-President that warned of the dangers and inevitability of a permanent arms industry fueling wars for profit. Perhaps check out the poetry in the second video or continue to Part 3.

 

Canada, Inc. Part 1 – Fracking and Pipelines and Pulp Mills, Oh My!

Nope.

Fracking destroys ground water and wells.

Pipelines can be attacked by foreign nations which makes us vulnerable. Coming to rely on a pipeline in any part of the supply chain leaves the possibility of an invader completely cutting off supply routes during an attack. To rely on them would be strategically incorrect. It’s faster and safer in a global war (should one happen because of the sassy cheeto beneath us) to fix rail lines after a supply line attack than fix pipes while mobilizing an ad-hoc truck/rail supply chain if the pipeline get’s neutralized. Better to invest now in greener transport infrastructure (creating trade jobs) that is easily maintained (creating long term jobs) that can be utilized both during and (more importantly) after we phase out fossil fuels. An oil or gas pipeline is always an oil or gas pipeline. Rail infrastructure can be maintained and fixed locally at each stop and can be adapted to every type of transport/supply use as technologies change and our culture adapts. An oil pipeline (as evidenced by the waste pipeline in Pictou, Nova Scotia) will always be regarded as a filthy pipe that will always have to be there and every attempt after it’s useful life of someone trying to fix the situation is met with absurd amounts of legal bullshit.

Add this to the environmental danger that goes along with all of the things; let’s just cover Saskatchewan in solar panels or something to give that power away for free?

*sets down legally purchased marihuana* 

Pulp mills can and do operate safely around the world. The shit going on in Pictou, Nova Scotia is ridiculous. From a tourism and beauty point of view; there are almost no old growth forests left here and a casual stroll on the beautiful and historic Pictou waterfront occasionally leaves ones nostrils tasting like a soiled nappy.

On top of that, this pulp mill is proposing threatening a local industry (fishing) and has the potential to destroy fish spawning grounds. The company (more accurately, a series of companies) had a deadline and willingly ignored it for decades with the complete complicity, compliance, and endorsement of pretty damned near each and every local politician of scale-able political significance for the past several decades.

What was that deadline?

It was a deadline to make the first begrudgingly avoided attempt at even slightly kind-of maybe sort-of beginning to end decades of horrific environmental racism against the people of the Pictou Landing First Nation.

 

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PART 2

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